If you live in Colorado and have been in many homes, you have no doubt see the ugly popcorn ceilings that adorn many older homes.  If you have not seen this, picture looking at a plate of cottage cheese.  Now picture throwing it up onto a smooth ceiling.  Wala!  That is what it looks like.

Popcorn Ceiling Removal Denver

The removal of popcorn ceilings in and of itself, is not a technical or hard thing to do…But it IS a mess.  I am not going to sugar coat it.


There is no way around it.  It is one big dusty mess.  That is why it is always best if the home is empty.  So if you are moving into a home that you just purchased, then we strongly suggest that you have the ceilings scraped prior to moving in.  Yes, plastic can be hung.  No, plastic does not contain all the dust.

The Process to Scrape Popcorn Ceilings

This is not meant to be a DIY tutorial of the how-to scrape your popcorn ceiling, but rather some information to let you know what typically needs to be done to properly change your ceilings from a popcorn texture, to an orange-peel or a knock-down texture.

First…we hang plastic to keep dust and debris in the work space as much as possible.  This is not a catch all, but it will help to contain some of the mess.  We also cover floor surfaces and cabinets tightly to protect them from all the dust.

Second…we wet down the ceiling.  This step loosens the bond between the ceiling and the texture and enables us to more easily scrape the ceiling clean.

Third…the ceiling (once all texture is removed) is skim coated to float out seams and other problem areas.  This sometimes needs to be done twice, depending on the condition of the ceiling.

Fourth…new texture is applied.  This can be an orange peal texture, a knock-down texture, or a variety of hand-troweled textures.

We have NEVER had a customer not be totally amazed at how removing this texture changes the look and feel of a room.  The room will seem brighter, cleaner, and more open.  Funny how a little funny texture can change a room in such a negative way.  Once the above steps are completed, we are then ready to prime and paint.  Oh yea, one more thing. If you are thinking of removing popcorn ceilings, just know that you WILL need to paint your walls.  No way around it.  They will get too dirty from the mess.

As a rule of thumb, a 2500 sq. ft. house would cost at a minimum $4500 for the removal and re-texturing. So, after all that good news, if you are still interested, and want the ugly popcorn removed, you will need to have the experts come out and give you a bid. We recommend our friends over at Drywall Finishing to do the removal and re-texture. Mike and his guys do a great job. Call Loretta in their office at 303-988-1709. Once you have a bid from them, and still want to proceed, then give us a call for the painting. We will prime the new texture and apply two coats of finish to the ceiling and again, we will need to paint the walls.