Skim Coating Ceilings
I have that sprayed on cottage cheese looking stuff on my ceiling. Is it difficult to get that off or is it removable and how? Once removed someone said it would then be best to skim coat the ceiling? How difficult is this? Is it something I should hire someone to do?
It can be removed, yes. Just use a scraper, and gently scrape all that stuff off. Then you should use sandpaper on a sanding block to clean up what is left. I think you will find it comes off rather easily. This will be a rather dusty messy job, however.
I have also heard a recommendation of spraying the ceiling with water (with a hand pump spray bottle) and the scraping it off. Do this a small area at a time.
As for repainting, I am not sure what you mean by skim coating the ceiling. You can repaint it yourself of course. Ceiling paints often come with sand, etc in them to give a textured finish (you know, since you are scraping yours off). The purpose is to difuse the light in the room and keep it from being glaring. If you don't want a textured paint, be sure to use a flat ceiling paint which will offer somewhat the same effect.
More on Removing Popcorn/Texture
How do I remove the "Popcorn" texture from my ceiling?
Ceiling texture is removed with a scaper, such as a wide putty knife.
Just be careful, if your ceiling is old it could have asbestos in it. That's what happened to us. But if it's newer and asbestos isn't an issue, they have paint and varnish scrapers with a kind of curved edge to them that work really well, better than a putty knife because of the solidity of the scraping blade.
Removing Popcorn from Drywall Ceiling
How do you remove popcorn from drywall ceiling ?
Actually, removal is a lot easier than putting it on.
It should just scrape off with a wide scraper. Then lightly sand it to flatten everything out.
Removing Popcorn from Plaster Ceiling
I am redoing a 1940's house with plaster walls and ceilings. All of the ceilings are smooth except two. These have the blown popcorn finish to them. What is the easiest way to strip the popcorn off without damaging the plaster.
We had the same issue, and simply sprayed a light coat of warm water over the popcorn and scraped the materials off the ceiling. There was some minor touch-up on the ceiling, but all in all, very easy to remove. A word of caution, though, you should check if this popcorn is made of asbestos (which was common in pre-80s houses), and take necessary precautions if it is in fact asbestos based.
One Last Look at Removing Popcorn
I am currently renovating a bedroom in a 30-year-old colonial. My problem is that I would like to remove the texture from the ceiling and prepare a smooth surface for painting but I don't know how to go about it. Any suggestions on the best way to do this?
The popcorn etc, type-ceiling material will scrape off easily with a scraper, then sand the whole thing flat. Messy, but not too difficult. Wear a good dust mask!
Converting Flat to Vaulted Ceiling
Can I remove the existing flat ceiling in a upstairs bedroom and convert it to a vaulted ceiling? It currently has drywall attached to ceiling joists with attic space above. I'm wondering if I can remove the existing drywall and joists, add new joists, apply new drywall, and give it a vaulted look? Will this compromise the room structure or are the joists just for hanging the drywall for the ceiling?
What you are proposing is possible but without seeing your house's construction I would not dare to just say rip away. The joists, beside just holding up the ceiling, tie the two outer walls together keeping the roof from pushing them apart. (As the weight of the roof through the rafters pushes down) This is why in vaulted ceilings you see some exposed beams performing this function.
Have someone knowledgeable like an architect take a look and advise you.
How do I go by raising a ceiling. I have a 8 ft. ceiling and I want to raise it to 9 ft, above the ceiling are regular ceiling joist, with a gable style home.
There is no way, then, short of taking off the roof adding more wall height and then building a new roof on top of that
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