The Joy of Popcorn Ceiling Removal

July 7th, 2014

It’s always necessary to do the ugly, messy work before you can get to the pretty. We hate it, but we know it’s true. Before you can add the furnishings and window treatments and pillows and accents you’ve got to establish a clean foundation to build upon and doing so is never ever as fun as styling and arranging, but it must be done.

Enter the battle with sprayed acoustic texture otherwise known as the dreaded popcorn ceiling from the 70s and 80s. It’s everywhere in the house we bought and it must be removed. The process is messy if you do it yourself, somewhat costly if you don’t, but necessary for me in a modern home and one that adds value if you ask my broker/appraiser husband.

eliminate popcorn ceilings

We started the process in a bedroom, one that possesses the chicest combination: old tan carpet, yellowed outlet covers, peach metal mini blinds, brass mirrored closet doors, and popcorn ceilings. Really, it’s just so hard to part with it all.

This bedroom was a great place to start for one has not had the pleasure, joy, thrill, delight, excitement, and satisfaction of scraping a popcorn ceiling.

bedroom before

A fact you must know: prior to 1979, popcorn ceilings contained asbestos but it was banned in 1978 so if you have/own/purchase a home from that era grab a test kit at your local home improvement store to diagnose yours. If your popcorn ceiling contains asbestos, leave this job to a professional lest you want to be poisoned. I don’t think you do.

However if your home was built in the late 80s as this one was (1989) you should be safe. I’m here to tell you the process is cheap and simple, albeit extremely messy.

kate popcorn ceiling

Supplies you’ll need: a very long garden hose to drag into the house; an attached spray nozzle with different mister settings; plastic sheeting to cover the floor/walls/windows; painter’s tape; plastic putty knives; joint compound; 180 grit sanding wedge; ladder; a respirator & safety goggles, and above all, tenacity.

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Best of May & June + Home Depot $250 Gift Card Giveaway

July 2nd, 2014

This week is my official summer break due to the travel adventure ahead. Also it’s Independence Day week/weekend so we plan to spend it together as a family relaxing poolside and sharing great barbeque. Before I check out for the remainder of the week I wanted to feature the highlights from the blog from the past two months: best of may june 1

My Summer Fabric Collection is available: bright colors, island inspired! Tour a beautiful Hawaiian beach cottage and read up on our favorite stops to play and eat in Kauai. I love the conversation in the comments on window treatments for sliding doors.

best of may june 2

Build a modern pet bed for your pooch! Or mimic the look of bone inlay with paint. These are my favorite 50+ Etsy shops. I’m crushing on remodeled Airstreams, must have one someday! Bloggers share their favorite staycation spot. My best articles at Better Homes & Gardens in one collection here.

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The ScotchBlue™ Painter’s Tape + Home Depot “Get it Got It Go!” Blog Hop is happening this summer and many bloggers have featured inspiring DIY projects using ScotchBlue™ Painter’s Tape and supplies from the Home Depot. This week there is a $250 Home Depot Gift Card up for grabs! Who wants it?

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To be eligible to win the $250 Home Depot gift card, visit the Blog Hop feature page, pick a project there that inspires you, then leave a comment on the Blog Hop Feature page (not this post, please leave your entry comment at the Featured Blog Hop Projects page). 

One winner chosen at random, giveaway ends Saturday July 5, 2014 at midnight PST. By entering this giveaway you agree to this site’s giveaway policy and Official Rules of Entry.

Happy Fourth of July weekend everyone, I’ll be back on Monday !

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