Ceilings with popcorn texture were very popular in the 1980’s. While most people think it dates a home and is not a modern decorative choice, others still like it. If you are in the latter group and desire popcorn texture for your ceilings, here is how you can do it yourself.
List of Materials and Tools
Plastic drop cloths (one for each wall as well as enough to cover the whole floor)
Spackle and putty knife (if you need to fill in any holes or dents in the ceiling)
PVA white drywall primer (only if your ceiling is not white, has never been painted or if you had to fill in holes in the ceiling with the spackle)
A paint suit, head sock and safety goggles
Electric texture sprayers (also known as Hopper gun and compressor; you can rent these from Home Depot or Lowes)
A bucket to mix the texture in
1.Since applying the texture will be very messy, you will first need to remove all furnishing from the room. Next, put down drop cloths or tarps on the floor. Using the masking tape, tape the plastic drop cloths to the wall at the edge of the ceiling to avoid spraying any texture on the walls themselves.
2.Next, if there are any holes or dents in the ceiling that need to be repaired, apply a little spackle into them using the putty knife. Let the spackle completely dry, then apply primer over the spackled area. If the ceiling is new and has never been painted, you will need to apply the primer over the whole ceiling and allow it to dry before moving on.
3.Just before you are ready to apply the popcorn texture, put on the paint suit, head sock and goggles. This will prevent you from getting the texture on yourself, your hair or in your eyes.
4.Mix the ceiling texture in a bucket according to package directions. You don’t want the texture to be too thin; it should be a thick consistency (like a bowl of oatmeal).
5.Fill the sprayer with the texture mixture and turn on the compressor. Practice spraying on an old board or piece of cardboard. You will want to spray lightly and evenly.
6.Use the ladder to reach the ceiling. Begin spraying lightly and evenly. Let this coat dry completely. Repeat. Spraying one thick coat can result in the texture falling off the ceiling and right onto the floor, sabotaging your efforts.
If you only need to patch a small area of an existing popcorn textured ceiling, you can purchase a can of popcorn spray in the painting section of any home improvement store, or in a superstore such as Walmart. Follow directions on the can.