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Popcorn ceilings started to make an appearance in the 1960s and the popular texture continued to be applied into the ’80s. The plaster texture didn’t require additional paint or added color once applied and was often used to hide imperfections on the drywall ceiling. But over time, the popcorn texture was found to be extremely difficult to keep clean and dust-free.

Today, the texture is considered to be outdated, and removal is an excellent way to increase the value of your home.

Popcorn ceiling removal can be a messy chore, and investing in hiring a professional contractor to complete the task may be a valuable option to save time, labor and materials.

Popcorn ceiling removal process

Prepare for a big mess

Popcorn ceiling removal is a messy task. From scraping the old texture, making repairs to the ceiling and sanding, to applying new texture, proper preparation will make clean-up a breeze while protecting areas of the home from dust and debris.

The project starts by covering floors and walls with plastic drop cloths. Fans and attached light fixtures are covered as well, while vent covers and recessed light covers are removed.

Softening the texture

 Once the room is prepared, the texture is then wet down in small sections and let sit for about 15 minutes to soften, making scraping easier.

Repair and retexture

Exposing the ceiling drywall may reveal areas that will need minor repair. Even without repairs, the ceiling may need to be sanded to get it perfectly smooth. Once the repairs are completed and the ceiling is sanded, the ceiling can be painted or a new texture can be applied. 


The popcorn ceiling removal can take between 3-10 days for a professional contractor, depending on the size of the project.

DFW Painting has the right tools, training, and equipment to ensure your popcorn ceiling removal project is efficient and cost-effective. See our project gallery below to see what a difference the removal of the texture makes!

“DFW Painting got rid of our popcorn ceilings! They did our whole house in 3 days…I got a few bids but felt confident with them and they delivered!” ~Odasha

Popcorn ceiling removal starts with a free estimate from DFW Painting. Our project manager will provide you with an itemized on-site estimate featuring all of the project details and cost. When calling, be sure to ask about our financing options at 972-633-2592.

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