Removing, Replacing, or Disguising a Popcorn Ceiling

Stucco ceilings appeared from the 1950s to the 1980s, they were a major architectural staple in America and many other nations. But when the asbestos commonly used in the application were found to be toxic; demand dropped severely. The ceilings often collect dust, are difficult to repair, and do not hold up to the standard of the contemporary demand for clean lines. But a textured ceiling does have advantages. It hides ceiling plane imperfections and reduces noise. That is why it is still used today.

Popcorn Ceilings have fallen out of the modern ideal of home. Now you have many options to move away from it but some may not prove to be the best or easy. You’re not the only one stuck with stucco overhead. Here are some ways to distract, cover, or remove stucco ceilings.


Ceiling Scraping


The sprayed-on stucco coating can be scraped off to reveal the original ceiling surface. However, the process needs to be done by a specialist and can cost around $1 to $2 per square foot. The process for this is very labor intensive and messy. Also, in some cases the results may not reveal the crispness of a ceiling that had not been stuccoed in the first place, especially if the stucco had been painted over.


Ceiling Replacement


One of the simplest alternatives to scraping is removing and replacing the ceiling drywall. You can also have the ceiling layered over with new drywall. This process will cause a minimal drop in the ceiling plane and encases the asbestos rather than releasing them in the air. This process will cost closer to $4 to $6 per square foot, but the results are much more predictable.




Classic beadboard makes a beautiful ceiling treatment that works well in traditional and modern spaces, adding a layer of depth. Panels of beadboard often cost less than 50 cents per square foot. Finishing the beadboard ceiling in a gloss paint will add a contemporary twist to the room with incredible depth and elegance.


Pressed Tin


This classic ceiling makes a great cover-up for a ceiling. You can paint the pressed tin in different shades to make it look breezy to moody to enhance the room. Now many companies provide faux pressed tin that typically cost $1 to $5 per square foot. To have a professional install these materials for you will be an extra several hundred dollars.

Posted on November 5, 2016 in Design Remodeling

Share the Story

About the Author

Back to Top