Removing Old Wallpaper Removing Wallpaper and Popcorn Ceilings The Money Pit

Removing Old Wallpaper Removing Wallpaper and Popcorn Ceilings The Money Pit

Removing Wallpaper and Popcorn Ceilings


LESLIE: Going on now to South Carolina with Banks (ph). Whats your question? Something about wallpaper and a popcorn ceiling? How can we help?

BANKS (ph): Absolutely. Weve got a situation we just moved into and were kind of eyeball (ph) and weve got some hideous wallpaper and some lovely popcorn ceilings that were Im trying to get rid of altogether. And I just wanted to know, first off

LESLIE: Banks (ph), if you wait long enough, itll come back in style. (chuckling)

TOM: Yeah, those are antiques. How dare you remove them? (laughing)

BANKS (ph): Thats what my wife was wondering. But I dont think this particular things going to come back in. And we were just wondering if its appropriate to do it all at once; both together in the same room. And then secondly, just some smart methods for making it happen.

TOM: Well, Ill tell you, theyre both messy jobs so I think it does make sense to do it all at once and have it behind you because I cant imagine we want to break this misery into two projects.

LESLIE: And is it for real a popcorn ceiling. Like, do you feel it like popping off or is it more of like a stiff texture?

BANKS (ph): Its very stiff.

TOM: OK. Heres what youre going to have to do. First of all, lets talk about the popcorn ceiling because thats going to probably be the most difficult. What youre going to want to do is probably wet that down and then scrape off the texture part. Youll need a spackle knife a regular spackle blade; the kind you use to apply

Removing Old Wallpaper Removing Wallpaper and Popcorn Ceilings The Money Pit

LESLIE: Get like a good wide one.

TOM: Yeah, a good wide one. And dampen it and work it a little bit at a time all the way across the room. The goal here is to take off the texture without too much damaging the drywall underneath it. Once its all off, youre going to need to prime the ceiling. But before you prime the ceiling, lets tackle that wallpaper because thats going to need a coat of primer, too. Leslie?

LESLIE: Yeah, for the wallpaper the best bet is just rent a steamer. If you can rent a steamer and then really saturate that wallpaper and work in sections and really get that glue behind you know that adhesive loosened up you should be able to peel it away in fairly large pieces. You know, you dont want to get one of those cutting devices that sort of rips it into a million little pieces and then shred it because then youre pulling off tiny little bits and then you could be damaging whatever is underneath; if its the drywall or whatever was the substructure. But just really steam it. Its going to be wet in there. Its going to be messy. But if you work together, you can get this room done.

TOM: You know, come to think of it, since youre going to rent a steamer anyway, that would probably work just as well as wetting down the popcorn. So you may be able to do both projects with the same machine. Basically, its getting a lot of humidity and moisture into it thats going to loosen the material up and make it separate.

But once you get it all done, make sure you prime the ceiling and the wall surfaces so you have something neutral to start the new project with. And on that popcorn ceiling, when you repaint it, make sure you use flat paint; only flat paint. Because if you use anything with a sheen, youre going to see like every scar with the [flat form] (ph) where the popcorn used to be.

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