Textured ceilings may have gone out of style a couple decades ago, but they’re still found in homes across the country, literally hanging over the heads of homeowners, reminding them of when their homes used to be trendy. It doesn’t matter how trendy your interior paint is, or if you have the best colors in the world in your room—a textured ceiling is just going to make your room dated. But what can you do? It seems impossible to get a paint job right, and removing it can seem like a bigger chore than you want to take on.
Here are a few ways to address your popcorn problem:
Adjust Your Lighting
One of the biggest factors in how noticeable your ceiling will be is your lighting. Any light fixtures that hang below the ceiling and cast any light upward will cause noticeable shadows on the textured part of your ceiling. This would include most under-fan lighting, and non-recessed fixtures except for directional lighting. Directional lighting, like spotlights, or certain pendant lighting, works great with textured ceilings because it keeps the visual focus of the room away from the unattractive ceiling.
Get Your Ceiling Tested
If you think your ceiling might’ve been installed before 1980, you should probably get it tested for asbestos, which was a building product popular in the 1970s, and was eventually found to cause significant health issues. It’s not usually harmful if you leave it up, but if you’re going to do anything with it, including painting or removal, it’s good to know whether it has asbestos or not.
Before painting a popcorn ceiling, it’s important to know that it’s going to be much harder to remove later on with a fresh paint coating. Painting keeps moisture from getting in the ceiling, making it extremely hard to tear down. But, if painting is your only option, use a roller, but don’t roll back and forth on the ceiling—go all the way down one direction. Rolling back and forth will make the ceiling get soggy and start to peel. This is a great time to bring in professional painters.
This is usually our first recommendation for popcorn ceilings. As we mentioned before, always have your ceiling tested for asbestos first. While the removal process can be fairly simple, it’s also time-consuming and potentially a huge mess if performed incorrectly. It’s best to call in a professional to help, as the right tools and the right expertise can make the project into a much smaller job.
There’s no need to bring in a general contractor for this kind of job—take the first step towards getting rid of your eyesore ceiling by giving Bluenote Painting a call today or requesting a free quote online.