Popcorn ceilings were a trend in home design from the 1950s-80s, but like most things from that era, the trend has long since died. If you’re stuck with the aftermath ruining your room, don’t fret. Popcorn ceilings can be removed, but there’s an even easier way…

Also called “cottage cheese ceilings” for their bumpy texture, this treatment is actually just spray-on paint. The removal process is messy, especially when it comes to spraying the ceiling with water to soften the popcorn before scraping it off with a large trowel or putty knife. After wetting the ceiling with a garden house, work in four to five feet squares at a time. Once sufficiently damp, scrape the material off with a joint knife. If it’s not coming off very easily, keep wetting it and using that muscle. When you’ve got as much off as you can, you’ll want to sand the area to smooth it out. And voila!

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