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GG

09:01AM | 04/30/03
Member Since: 04/29/03
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I just bought a fixer-upper, with lots of popcorn, wallpaper, and wood paneling (not to mention a very ugly kitchen). First thing I want to do is replace the ceilings. am fairly confident I can remove the popcorn myself, but then what do I do? Tape the drywall? Texture and paint? What products and tools should I use? If I have to hire someone to do the taping and texturing, will I have saved any money by removing the popcorn myself (let's just assume I don't wreck or break anything during the removal process)?

This is my first fixer-upper, but I am a very handy grandmother, in great shape, looking forward to the challenge, but can use all the free how-to-advice I can get. THANKS!!!

Bob Jr

12:52PM | 05/02/03
Member Since: 01/19/03
44 lifetime posts
Start with a good wide (8 to 12 inch) scraper. Put a handle on it. Watch the angle of the scraper, keep it flat and you won't dig in as much. The popcorn should flake off the drywall in spots where there is not mud. On seams with lots of joint compound the popcorn tends to be harder to scrape off. If you are lucky it will drop off in pieces a few inches square. You will almost certainly have to sand and touch up the drywall afterward. How well it looks and what kind of surface texture you want for end result will determine the amount of sanding and repairing of the mud in seams.

If you want smooth ceilings with no texture you got alot of work to do.

If you use a plaster type rough finish, say with swirls, you can leave the ceiling fairly rough after scraping the popcorn.

Piffin

05:34AM | 05/03/03
Member Since: 11/06/02
1281 lifetime posts
Put down plastic on the floors first and use a mist sprayter to wet the ceiling ahead of where you are working to soften the finish. Somtimes you can scraper it smoother that way.
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