Popcorn Ceilings: Love ‘Em or Leave ‘Em?

A popcorn ceiling is defined as a spray-on or paint-on treatment, which has a rough, bumpy texture and is used to hide imperfections, absorb sound, and reduce echoes, especially in rooms with high or vaulted ceilings. Popular in the 70s and 80s, popcorn ceilings have recently been revived in new construction. There are several pros and cons to this:

Pros

  • Texturing hides flaws and imperfections in the ceiling
  • Deadens noise and reduces echoes in large rooms
  • Can cost less than a smooth ceiling, because less prep is required

Cons

  • Hard to clean – cobwebs, dust and dirt attach to the rough surface and are difficult to remove without damaging the texture
  • Hard to repair and, in older homes, may contain asbestos
  • Not recommended for kitchens or bathrooms as the moisture in these rooms can cause the texture to become loose and fall off

 

 

We were recently called in to remove popcorn ceilings from several rooms in a Newport News townhome. The client loved her home, but she hated the ceilings. The popcorn texture was even in the closets and on the garage ceiling!
Luckily, because the home was built in 2001, asbestos was not a concern. The popcorn texture was scraped off, any areas of imperfection were smoothed out, and new paint colors went on the ceilings and walls of these rooms.
In the living room, the client wanted to add crown molding. Because the ceilings are so high, we went with 9-5/8” molding, which created a great focal point in the room. New ceiling fans replaced the original builder’s models in the living room and bedroom, and the lighting was updated in the foyer, dining room, hallway, and bedroom. (Check out that chandelier in the dining room!) The stairway railings and posts were repaired, and they received a fresh coat of white paint.

Removing the popcorn ceiling, adding new crown molding and paint, and updating the lighting made a huge difference in this beautiful townhome.

 

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