Taping, Finishing and Spraying Popcorn Ceiling

Ceiling Before

Ceiling Before

Well, I’ve been distracted by other things, and I never finished the family room ceiling after I put the sheetrock up.  It’s just been covered with screws exposed for quite some time.  I honestly can’t believe my wife hasn’t suggested I finish it…

So, I started mudding, taping and sanding the ceiling.  I always need at least 3 coats of mudding and sanding before it even begins to look decent…  usually 4.

After taping and finishing, I decided I would never be able to perfectly match the existing popcorn ceiling, so I scraped all the popcorn off of the entire room.  Then I sanded rough places, and painted the entire ceiling with a coat of Kilz oil based primer.  I think I did 2 coats of primer…  can’t remember now.

Ceiling During

Ceiling During

Then I sprayed the entire ceiling with popcorn texture.   This was pretty easy.  It takes way more time to tape the walls and put plastic up than it does the spray the texture on.  (Everywhere I read on the internet said never to do popcorn, that I should be doing a knockdown or orange peel texture these days.  But the rest of my house is popcorn, and I wanted it to match.)

The popcorn texture was slightly yellow and looked weird up against the white primer paint I had previously applied.  I chose to paint over the new popcorn ceiling with bright-white ceiling paint.  So I did 2 coats of that.

I also wanted to mention, I bought a 14-inch roller to do this ceiling…  and I will never use a 9-inch roller again anywhere.  Painting seemed to go SO much faster this way.  Why hasn’t anyone told me this before now?

After

After

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