How do my arms feel after scraping for four hours? Like jello. But, now I'm resting up for an entire day of installing hardwood floors because these arms are going to be screaming using the heavy hammer to nail them down. But trust me, I'm not complaining. The finished product is always worth the work.
If you have never scraped popcorn and are thinking about it you need to understand two important things. 1) It is VERY messy and 2) I'm a bit crazy when it comes to these things. What may not be a big deal to me may not work for you. I'll let the pictures help you decide. Neat freak folks may want to brace yourself.
|Finished Ceiling (I'll prime it in the AM before I start the floors)|
|Here is the ceiling after I started to scrape without water. If you try to add water to a painted ceiling like this before adding the holes (where the popcorn was knocked off) you will be wasting time and water.|
|It took me a half an hour to just get an opening started (spraying water and scraping)|
|It is starting to come along, but very slowly|
|Sometimes the angels are singing and you can get a piece going (adding water at the edge on the ceiling)|
|I think of it as an awesome arm workout...for four long hours.|
|Ready for the leg workout tomorrow.|
Sweet dreams :)
Special Note: If your house was built before 1978, please have a test done on the material before you remove or disturb. Lead paint and asbestos could be used in the ceiling materials and/or paint of houses built before the law changed. My house was built after that and all of my previous houses (built before 1978) didn't have popcorn ceilings. I think it was more popular in the 80's and 90's for this texture. Better to be safe, so if you are uncertain, contact a professional.