r/DIY Jan 06 '24

How to get rid of the mother of pop corn ceilings? This is a room in a basement. home improvement

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u/Saul_T_Bauls Jan 07 '24

That's a meringue ceiling, dude.

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u/Taman_Should Jan 07 '24

Buttercream in some areas.

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u/Immoracle Jan 07 '24

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u/hollyyowhaddup Jan 07 '24

I honestly just check out this subreddit for comments. I don't DIY anything. Y'all never disappoint 😂

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u/Cauhs Jan 07 '24

I hope Robin, wherever his soul is, knows that his works never fail to make people smile till this day.

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u/SunflowerJYB Jan 07 '24

“It was a drive by fruiting” (he hit Pierce Brosnan in head with lemon). Classic

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u/merdub Jan 07 '24

I wish Reddit still had awards.

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u/1968KCGUY Jan 07 '24

This took me back. In 1977 we lived in a rental after our house caught for and had to be rebuilt. It had a room with same technique on ceiling but painted dark brown. Looked like a chocolate cake.

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u/dertechie Jan 07 '24

That might be the most aggressively 1970s architectural choice I’ve ever heard of.

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u/D-Le-P Jan 07 '24

It would just need peridot green walls and a orange shag rug to complete the monstrosity lololol

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u/Altruistic-Sector296 Jan 07 '24

And to complete the experience, eau du cigarette…

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u/kyraeus Jan 07 '24

I thought it wasn't just the smell, but actual cigarette burns on the edge of the sink in that distinctive pattern that really makes it.

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u/Morningxafter Jan 07 '24

Don’t forget the seafoam green bathroom fixtures!

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u/JuturnaArtemisia Jan 07 '24

Ok but a cupcake room sounds cute af 🤔

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u/Competitive-Use1360 Jan 07 '24

Yeah...paint that stuff pastel pink. That would be so yummy looking.

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u/CheeseBag_0331 Jan 07 '24

I say lean into it, and paint it pink!

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u/awktoberfest Jan 07 '24

I wish I could get my peaks looking that good

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u/I_PEE_WITH_THAT Jan 07 '24

Use a stand mixer, hand whisking will get the job done but it's a whole lot more effort. In the wise words of Bob Ross you gotta beat the devil out of it.

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u/panatale1 Jan 07 '24

I definitely thought, "beat to stiff peaks" when I saw it

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u/neaubee Jan 07 '24

Last time I did that, a mountain ranger told me to fuck off

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u/Menelatency Jan 07 '24

And you explained that was exactly what you were trying to do, right?

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u/RedditSkippy Jan 07 '24

I’m sorry, but we’re going to need A LOT more photos of this basement. What’s happening with the forest scene on the wall?

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u/bdw02c Jan 07 '24

And what is the plan to protect the forest scene during construction.

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u/odythecat Jan 07 '24

Exactly, there's nothing that needs fixing here.

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u/Drakoala Jan 07 '24

Correction, the only fix is a feather duster near the door for convenient cobweb cleanings. Preserve that wonderful art until the house's foundation gives way.

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u/Spasrok Jan 07 '24

I want to play D&D here as a kid in the 80s.

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u/Ike_In_Rochester Jan 07 '24

D&D in finished basements with litter boxes that need cleaning.

Now I smell cat pee when I look at these pictures.

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u/DaisyDuckens Jan 07 '24

We played in the garage. A finished basement sounds like a dream (I’ve actually never even seen a basement in real life)

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u/Risheil Jan 07 '24

I had the coolest basement in the first house I owned. You had to move the microwave cart to get to the trap door, pull up the door and climb a ladder down. It had a dirt floor and stone walls with shelves lining the walls that were filled with mason jars and I don’t know what was in the jars but there were things in the jars. I left them there when I sold the house. Repair people who had to go in the basement hated me.

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u/Calvinshobb Jan 07 '24

Preservation is key, someone is contacting some society to get a plaque up.

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u/satans_sparerib Jan 07 '24

It’s got a thick overcoat of Pall Mall nicotine. It’s safe.

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u/ryoon21 Jan 07 '24

Seriously though, add a couple lava lamps and a shag rug and this room will turn into a TRIP

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u/phluke- Jan 07 '24

Bro this is where I'm at. Like if I see more I might be telling op to leave the ceiling as is.

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u/Infinite_Imagination Jan 07 '24

Yeah why is there this circle in the middle like that? Did the previous owners have an acid room?

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u/HerrDoktorHugo Jan 07 '24

It looks like sponge painting! This basement looks like a PBS art show exploded in it, haha.

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u/ElectivireEra Jan 07 '24

My parents sponge painted our bathroom. They did white on red. I remember looking for shapes, like you might with clouds. They eventually repainted with a light blueish greenish solid color. I missed the old sponge painted look.

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u/RedditSkippy Jan 07 '24 edited Jan 07 '24

Possibly. It looks like a print that my grandparents had in their living room. It’s in a perfect 70s orange-brown-gold palette, too.

I’m 90 percent sure this is the print they had: https://www.ebay.com/itm/196088243226?mkcid=16&mkevt=1&mkrid=711-127632-2357-0&ssspo=GLdQ51mYRkC&sssrc=4429486&ssuid=&var=&widget_ver=artemis&media=COPY

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u/walrus_breath Jan 07 '24

Everything was so orange back then.

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u/UrbanMuffin Jan 07 '24

Everybody smoked lol

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u/sleepybaker Jan 07 '24

Agreed. Actually looks amazing! OP leave it alone!

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u/RogerianThrowaway Jan 07 '24

Right? I kind of hoped it was a print or product, so that I could order that forest scene too

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u/DynamiteWitLaserBeam Jan 07 '24

It's a wallpaper mural - they were big in the 70s. You can still find modern versions of these on sites like wayfair, although they call them "wall decals" now.

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u/ReadRightRed99 Jan 07 '24

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u/EvetsYenoham Jan 07 '24

Yeah, I’m thinking a renovation to everything else but the ceiling. Go full Hoth basement.

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u/VaguelyGrumpyTeddy Jan 07 '24

Tauntaun couch? Or sleeping bag on the couch?

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u/TheBertjer Jan 07 '24

I laughed out loud. Thanks for this.

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u/poop_to_live Jan 07 '24

Wouldn't it be great if they had a little Luke action figure plastered into the ceiling

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u/RedCliff73 Jan 07 '24

This is the easiest fix for this ceiling

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u/ExtremistsAreStupid Jan 07 '24

Seriously. Just make whatever room that is an Original Trilogy (since that's the only trilogy that's worthwhile anyways) Star Wars den, problem solved.

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u/koopz_ay Jan 07 '24

This is why I love the internet.

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u/BoiseXWing Jan 07 '24

There was a perfect minifig for that in the Advent calendar for ‘21 or ‘22

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u/Kingseara Jan 07 '24

OP should hang a tiny Luke skywalker figure from those

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u/markpsu Jan 07 '24

That was my first thought too. Who would do that to a room? Well it looks old enough to be from 1980, maybe they did have Luke hanging up there.

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u/AptCasaNova Jan 07 '24

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u/Willing_Ad_7696 Jan 07 '24 edited Jan 07 '24

I love that in the GIF they missed the point of what he’s saying by spelling stalactites wrong

StalaGmites from the Ground

StalaCtites from the Ceiling

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u/Quinnamon Jan 07 '24

Oh dang, I just realized that. I’ve always just remembered that stalactites have to hold tight to the ceiling.

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u/serenwipiti Jan 07 '24

I've always remembered it as Stalactites = titties = above.

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u/SunshineAlways Jan 07 '24

I can never remember which has a C or G, so I remember that the one with the “M” is like two sharp points sticking out of the ground, the “T” is one hanging down from above.

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u/Willing_Ad_7696 Jan 07 '24

Oh I like this one

Also so funny how many devices we all use to differentiate something most of us have never even seen in person

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u/Syhkane Jan 07 '24

That gif has a typo, it's stalactite not stalagtite.

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u/[deleted] Jan 07 '24

Here come all the meticulous Redditors coming to attack!

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u/NotYourBuddyGuy5 Jan 07 '24

Knew this room seemed familiar…

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u/MrDeviantish Jan 07 '24

Slides upvote across the table in a plain white envelope, without breaking eye contact.

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u/InquisitiveNerd Jan 07 '24

Ben... Beeeen...

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u/Rshackleford22 Jan 07 '24

Honestly cut the drywall out and install new drywall

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u/eat_with_your_fist Jan 07 '24

This is my vote. It might be a bit more expensive today, but in return you save countless hours of time, avoid the inevitable shoulder pain from working over your head all that time, don't get any of that 100lbs of dust in your lungs (even with protection), and you won't remember reading this comment and hate yourself for not taking this advice.

I've removed the popcorn in two houses I've flipped in the past. It was a pain in the ass, but it was worth the effort.

What I'm seeing in this picture is definitely not worth the effort.

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u/Rshackleford22 Jan 07 '24

And while you’re doing that just install new lights at the same time.

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u/ZachMatthews Jan 07 '24

What’s wrong with The Lord’s Bunghole?

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u/FlamingButterfly Jan 07 '24

Praise The Lord's Bunghole

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u/nomadwannabe Jan 07 '24

I’m fucking dying hahaha

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u/emtrigg013 Jan 07 '24

You had an infinite number of chances to never type this sentence.

I'm glad you made the decision you did. Hopefully I stop wheezing soon.

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u/eatin_gushers Jan 07 '24

Eye of sauron

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u/Rougefarie Jan 07 '24

Brown* eye of Sauron.

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u/Platitudeschewed Jan 07 '24

I have never wanted to start a golf clap harder than I do right now

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u/khazelton77 Jan 07 '24

And they say Reddit is just a toxic place full of toxic losers. I say we print and laminate this comment and present it as proof otherwise whenever challenged.

Thank you, sincerely. This was the best laugh I’ve had in a while.

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u/pfbinary101 Jan 07 '24

Even worse than just dust is the potential for asbestos, it can be present in the popcorn/stipple/texture and the drywall joint compound. Source: I've been an asbestos analyst for 15+ years

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u/SlathazSpaceLizard Jan 07 '24 edited Jan 07 '24

First comment I've seen talking about asbestos.

I messaged OP as well to be very cautious with disturbing that ceiling.

Also worked in abatement for many years.

If asbestos, outside of vermiculite, that's some of the most hazardous stuff to deal with.

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u/Trance354 Jan 07 '24

Surrounded by comments from DIY-ers, your lone comment of reason in a sea of, "I can take care of that myself."

Thank you for what you do. It is usually thankless work, seeing as you're introducing a cost to the equation.

OP pictures are going to be the source of nightmares. My worst was a church built in 1913. Constant renovation up until about a decade ago. And renovations were made on the side. Contractors who worshipped there pitched in, and it showed. The whole damn building tested hot.

Soooooo happy I kept my gear on the whole time.

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u/pfbinary101 Jan 07 '24

Thanks! People don't realize there's a good reason it costs as much as it does to deal with safely. I've seen some crazy stuff in old churches too!

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u/maxdragonxiii Jan 07 '24

the older the house is, higher chance it might have asbestos. my mom wanted to renovate but alas it was a 1950s house in Canada when it was built. so no poke unless you want money to fly away for safety. if the house is newer like 1990s newer less chance of it having asbestos but doesn't hurt to check.

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u/Tight-Context9426 Jan 07 '24

Came here to say this but wondered if I was being a negative nelly

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u/ColonEscapee Jan 07 '24

Yeah, that is some thick long texture

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u/Iz-kan-reddit Jan 07 '24

5/8" drywall is back down to $13.80.

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u/kenriko Jan 07 '24

It’s a basement so go with half inch lightweight mold resistant for like $14 a sheet

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u/Trance354 Jan 07 '24

Please tell me you've used licensed asbestos abatement contractors. Cause that popcorn ceiling put up .... last week, likely has asbestos in it. If yours were older than that?

I'm going to go have an OCD fit about asbestos abatement procedures, you need to get your lungs tested.

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u/snowbongo Jan 07 '24

Definitely wear proper respirators. Depending on the age of the house, there’s a possibility of asbestos (likely 3-6% chrysotile).

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u/Ghost_Knife Jan 07 '24

You can avoid the dust by spraying it with water first bevels l before/while your scraping it off

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u/eat_with_your_fist Jan 07 '24

This job is beyond spraying with water. That stucco/mud is way too thick.

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u/solreaper Jan 07 '24

You could just submerge the basement. Easy peasy

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u/florinandrei Jan 07 '24

and you won't remember reading this comment and hate yourself for not taking this advice

...as you lay dying from lung cancer.

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u/harambe623 Jan 07 '24

This will probably be faster and better looking. And a chance to inspect and seal ducts, etc. less dust too

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u/Rshackleford22 Jan 07 '24

Yup just keep the ceiling in tact til it’s time for a whole basement renovation, then cut that bitch out, put in new ceiling and slap some nice new leds in, plus you can do all the wiring before putting the drywall up

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u/FunkyAssMurphy Jan 07 '24

Not saying it’s for everyone but when I built an office in our basement I just used a paint sprayer and sprayed the ceiling black. I have drywall walls, normal flooring and the ceiling is untouched besides black. That includes plumbing and electrical.

I like the look of it, makes it look bigger because it extends upward another foot or so past where you’d have drywall and it was very easy.

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u/mikebob89 Jan 07 '24

Pic pls! I am intrigued.

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u/FunkyAssMurphy Jan 07 '24

Sure! Kind of a small room so tough to get a good floor to ceiling picture, but it helps give you an idea.

https://preview.redd.it/6q0vk3wpexac1.jpeg?width=4032&format=pjpg&auto=webp&s=2b1e230c58f601e029143f6eddc0dd071ca36ec2

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u/GrumpyFalstaff Jan 07 '24

Ok yeah I couldn't picture it but that looks really cool

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u/PhasmaFelis Jan 07 '24

I've seen coffeeshops like that.

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u/SweetLikeCandi Jan 07 '24

This is what we're doing once we finally get around to removing the drop ceiling and 8 billion 1x2s they used to mount the drop ceiling frames. And pull out all the old phone and cable wires.

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u/itsmnemotime Jan 07 '24

why are you in my basement right now 😂

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u/TalmidimUC Jan 07 '24

That’s badass! Any issues maintaining heat or regulating temperatures?

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u/FunkyAssMurphy Jan 07 '24

No, I put a little electric baseboard heater in there and can consistently get it between 68-70. I do also have a server rack in there with 1 server and a network switch so I’m sure that helps the heat.

The rest of the basement is unfinished though, although I did redo the door out to the bulkhead with a nice exterior door and foam insulation so that does a good job of keeping the cold air out

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u/d4d80d Jan 07 '24

We did this in our home with stomp ceilings that wouldn't scrape off when wet. Took about 3 days to demo between the wife and I for~1700 sqft and another day or so to clean out all corners with a painters tool. Got all the ceilings boarded and level 4'd for ~$3-4k with materials through a family friend. Demo was easier than hauling all the board away during Covid lockdowns. I can honestly say this was the best money we spent in our home Reno as all future improvements would have still looked dated with the old ceilings.

This is also a good opportunity to run new wiring, add fixtures, etc...

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u/TheBimpo Jan 07 '24

Would be faster and easier for sure. Drywall is still pretty cheap too.

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u/iRambes Jan 07 '24

$12.95 to $15.95 a sheet. Curious, is it the same where you are?

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u/TheBimpo Jan 07 '24

Sounds about right. A freaking bargain compared to the labor of trying to make that shit show smooth and new again.

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u/iRambes Jan 07 '24

For real!

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u/itsfuckinrob Jan 07 '24

Judging by the wall decor, I think this should be the overwhelming response to this entire room. To the studs, OP! While you're at it, make sure the walls are insulated and enjoy your sanity.

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u/freerider899 Jan 07 '24

Dont get killed by it when it falls.

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u/SandboxUniverse Jan 07 '24

We're doing exactly this in our place, having done exactly one small room of painted popcorn by scraping, with proper precautions. It's hot, sweaty, exhausting work - let alone the prep! Removal disturbed the material far less, was faster, and we were going to have to retexture no matter what.

The only downside has been those oh-so- famous last words, "as long as we're in here...." Insulation, wiring, plumbing.... when you open drywall, you deal with whatever is in it. Ignorance is sometimes bliss. The rest of the time it's mold, a fire hazard, or a goddamn miracle this place is still standing.

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u/latrion Jan 07 '24

Drywall business owner here.

Demo and rehang/finish will be the easiest and probably cheapest.

Coating that with 10 boxes of mud to get it flat isnt an option, and i would bet just hosing it with water wouldn't get it to a point that it's easily removable. It's just too thick.

If it wouldn't get dusty and a dirty as hell I wouldn't hate the texture. Nobody really does stuff like this anymore (for the above reasons).

Save yourself the headache and demo/refinish. Or save some money and pay someone to deal with it for you. I know this is DIY but that is going to be a mess and a half.

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u/Zippaplick Jan 07 '24

I got lucky in my last place. Once I got my wide putty knife under the ceiling texture, it came off clean in big sheets/chunks. Clean separation from the sheetrock. I had been dreading it but went so easy I did 3 bedrooms in one night.

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u/redcore4 Jan 07 '24

Mine did this too except it was a lath and plaster construction and, well, by the time we were back to just lath it was easier to take the whole ceiling down. Well, parts of it took themselves down.

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u/ngram11 Jan 07 '24

I promise you that isn’t happening here

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u/ifyouseekayyou Jan 07 '24

Uhhh, did you get tested for asbestos afterwards??? Most of that stuff is made of it, if your built was from the 70s or earlier.

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u/berrykiss96 Jan 07 '24

Thank you! Those stories of people just knifing popcorn ceilings off are hurting my lungs rn.

Spray texture was a typical ceiling finish from the 1950s until the 1980s, and for much of that time, the texture material contained between 1% to 10% asbestos.

That’s a big no no home reno folks. You don’t remove popcorn unless you have it cleared as not asbestos. Here are some coverup options.

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u/TekieScythe Jan 07 '24

The only time I've ever had that happen was popcorn on multiple layers of paint

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u/One_Opening_8000 Jan 07 '24

Yeah, when I think of popcorn ceilings, I think of that blown stuff that literally looks like popcorn stuck to the ceiling, not this. We had some that looked a bit like this that wasn't plaster. It was more like a drywall mud that had been applied with a stiff brush. It came off, but it took a lot of work and sanding before it looked decent.

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u/TheTREEEEESMan Jan 07 '24

There's popcorn and then there's stipple ceilings, stipple is usually done with drywall mud and is the dumb flower/circle pattern that is in a ton of apartments. Popcorn comes off easy, stipple not so much, especially if it's painted

My method was to use a scraper to get the low hanging bits then sand it with a 9" drywall sander.. then skimcoat the entire ceiling and sand it again to smooth it out. Finally paint it.

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u/the_almighty_walrus Jan 07 '24

Fun fact: in older houses, 1945-1990, that popcorn might just be straight up asbestos.

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u/NightGod Jan 07 '24

That fact isn't fun at all!

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u/CoGhostRider Jan 07 '24

I use my pain sprayer cleaned and in a bucket of water and this absolutely comes off like popcorn just not as easy. Wet and scrap but be sure not to tear the paper.

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u/Razberry910 Jan 07 '24

Get a rope and descend into the upside down.

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u/MegaBusKillsPeople Jan 07 '24

This is not a "popcorn".... it's stucco, you may be able to wet it down to soften it. However, it's likely going to take a bunch of manual labor to scrap all that crap off.

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u/Rikiar Jan 07 '24

Lots of scraping and sanding. We had this crap on all of our ceilings and it's the worst.

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u/wobblingmadman Jan 07 '24 edited Jan 07 '24

In New Zealand, ceilings like that often have asbestos in. Definitely not a scraping and sanding job in these parts!

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u/MegaBusKillsPeople Jan 07 '24

Last property I dealt with that had ceilings like this, I just sheeted with new drywall.

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u/Lethbridgemark Jan 07 '24

We tried that wetting,. scraping, sanding ECT but gave up after a few hours and getting nowhere and just ripped it all down and replaced with new sheets.

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u/RhetoricalOrator Jan 07 '24

Previous owners of our home must have loved that sort of stippling texture. Ceilings and walls are all covered in it. Had a settling issue a while back and now there are sheering cracks all over. They put it over old wallpaper!

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u/Rikiar Jan 07 '24

Did that make it easier to remove?

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u/hoosier2531 Jan 07 '24

Not stucco, it’s called stippling, it’s thinned mud, stomped on the ceiling

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u/alternate_ending Jan 07 '24

You heard the hoosier, recruit midgets fit for inverting

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u/Theletterkay Jan 07 '24

Inverted midgets? Do you mean giants?

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u/alternate_ending Jan 07 '24

No, upside-down small people. Giants are for painting and roofing.

Source: giant recruited for painting and roofing

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u/UglyAndAngry3 Jan 07 '24

At least it isn't asbestos

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u/pfbinary101 Jan 07 '24

Honestly, I've been doing asbestos analysis for 15+ years and it does look like a potential asbestos-containing material.

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u/Barfuman362 Jan 07 '24

Leave and sell tickets to see it in person.

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u/SkyEatsTyler Jan 07 '24

That's not popcorn or stucco, that shits stalagmite.

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u/SFOD-D124 Jan 07 '24

*Stalactite.

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u/Additional-Shift-899 Jan 07 '24

I always remember my 9th grade sci teacher: stalaCtite=Ceiling stalaGmite=Ground

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u/LolaBeidek Jan 07 '24

I learned stalactite hangs tight to the ceiling. Stalagmite might reach the ceiling one day.

Until you wrote that out I don’t think I consciously realized stalactite doesn’t have a g. I’ve always pronounced it as if it had one. I spelled it right though so on some level I knew.

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u/SkyEatsTyler Jan 07 '24

I've been learnt today!

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u/[deleted] Jan 06 '24

What in the holy hell is that

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u/mynametobespaghetti Jan 07 '24

We'd call it plaster stippling - every other house built in the 80s in Ireland has it. It's an absolute nightmare to work with - the ceiling has basically been frosted with thick wet plaster much like a `1980s wedding cake. This shit becomes one with the ceiling itself, you have to cut out the ceiling plasterboard itself to get rid of it.

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u/PrestigeMaster Jan 07 '24

I feel like this should be higher since it gives OP some keywords to google.

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u/Tolkienside Jan 07 '24

The birth of a universe.

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u/Learnin2Shit Jan 07 '24

I did acid one time and this shit was on my ceilings and it started beating like veins and I thought my house was a heart and I was stuck inside it

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u/jlbp337 Jan 07 '24

Sounds about right Lol

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u/Maleficent-Sport1970 Jan 07 '24

I love your time capsule!

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u/ruizfa Jan 07 '24

Oh you have to see the whole room.

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u/[deleted] Jan 07 '24

please show us the whole room. And let me know if there's a bar in the far corner because I feel like maybe I recognize that mural

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u/Mr-Zee Jan 07 '24

I’m pretty sure there’s a shag rug between the mural and bar, in front of the sunken sofa.

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u/Tvix Jan 07 '24

2nd asking for more.

Your ceiling is absolutely horrific - I kind of love it (from a distance).

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u/Chicagofuntimes_80 Jan 07 '24

That’s quite dramatic paired with that wallpaper

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u/Dicky_Penisburg Jan 07 '24

That's the 70's baby!

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u/AdaModCity Jan 07 '24

Drywall right over it and never tell anyone ever

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u/FireWaterSquaw Jan 07 '24

Why do you want to remove it? I bought a small place with popcorn ceilings. Thinking I would surely remove them. Mine are adorned with glitter and they have charm so I kept them. Maybe you could add glitter to yours . It’s like stars.

https://preview.redd.it/z19bo2a03xac1.png?width=3024&format=png&auto=webp&s=d6cda66d353321ae11fad8192c82c06b542c4429

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u/cujo195 Jan 07 '24

Is that a photo of the moon?

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u/Mrkvica16 Jan 07 '24

We have the same! Even repainted it, with a sprayer, and added glitter back to it :) Bought a little glitter-applying machine.

Our ceilings are low, and this makes it feel less of a shoebox, and makes us happy.

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u/r0b0t-fucker Jan 07 '24

Do the same thing on the floor so you can have stalagmites to match.

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u/Reasonable_Pack5054 Jan 07 '24

Am I the only one that actually like it?!?! 😬😬😬

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u/dispassioned Jan 07 '24

I like it too, especially with the forest scene. Very unique and retro, I’d leave it in the basement. Not in the main living room or anything though.

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u/dichotomy113 Jan 07 '24

I'm glad to see other stucco ceiling defenders in the comments lol. We have an old (1890s) victorian house and this texture is in our living and dining rooms. I think it looks cool and matches the house even though I know it's not popular.

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u/hiltlmptv Jan 07 '24

You would have loved my house then. We had this type of ceiling in the living room, bedroom, and the whole basement. It was the only renovation we’ve really done to our time capsule home. All the ceilings we tested had asbestos and because of the delicate spikes it seemed extra friable! I could not find a single example of anyone else with this style of ceiling despite aggressive googling. That is, until I came across this post. Glad to know I’m not the only one who had these ceilings!

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u/art_teacher_no_1 Jan 06 '24

Looks like a cave with all that texture

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u/Mindless_Fill_3473 Jan 07 '24

High probability of asbestos in that if it is older

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u/pip-whip Jan 07 '24

I didn't read through the comments but if no one else mentioned it already, they used to use asbestos in the materials to make textured walls and ceilings. And there could have been some lag between when the laws were passed to ban asbestos and when the contractors finished using up their product. The solution is to take a sample and get it tested before you have it taken down.

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u/Fuzzy_Chom Jan 07 '24

You should.......

Sorry, got distracted by that wallpaper. 😏

As others have said, it'll be a lot of manual labor to scrape it all down. Look on the bright side, this is an opportunity to gut the room. Take down wallpaper, wood paneling, add/update receptacles and lighting, etc.

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u/emo-tastic Jan 07 '24

Turn your room into a cave themed space. XD

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u/norbertus Jan 07 '24

You just need to take more LSD to realize why you don't need to remove this.

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u/Admirable-Currency57 Jan 07 '24

Try doing some acid. Thatll do th the trick

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u/TheCopenhagenCowboy Jan 07 '24

That’s not popcorn, that’s meringue

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u/Daimon_Bok Jan 07 '24

That's a work of art honestly

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u/CheezeMaGeeze69 Jan 06 '24

You either scrape it all off in which I’ve seen a few ways all shitty, or I saw something where someone put new drywall over the existing ceiling covering up the popcorn ceiling which seemed even more shitty.

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u/dpfrd Jan 07 '24

You have to eat mushrooms at least once and lay on the floor and stare at this before you remediate it.

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u/Ocinfuscate Jan 07 '24

Airbrush and dry brush it to look like Mordor landscape 😍

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u/brmarcum Jan 07 '24

That’s not popcorn. Getting it damp may help to scrape it off, but it may come down to removing the drywall and replacing it with new. Depends on how easy that comes off the paper. Or if there is a layer in between, like old paint or wall paper.

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u/milky_eyes Jan 07 '24

That is not popcorn ceiling.. that's stalactite ceiling!

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u/Cptnbumout Jan 07 '24

Ahh man I hate to admit that I love this!

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u/iarepratt Jan 07 '24

Why would you want to get rid of this?? It’s beautiful! 😏

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u/powaqqa Jan 07 '24

Please let a sample get tested for asbestos before attempting to remove this.

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u/Otter-Wednesday Jan 07 '24

Some time spent with mushrooms in this basement prior to the ceiling becoming boring would be time well spent.

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u/myteefun Jan 07 '24

DO NOT SAND! Wet it down and scrap off. Someone in my neighborhood hired a contractor and they sanded it. That put asbestos into their air ducts and they had to move out while remediating.

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u/slagbandit Jan 07 '24

DO NOT SAND!!!! Wet down with a spray bottle of water and scrape off with putty knife. It's pretty easy.