How to Install a Popcorn Texture Ceiling

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Installing a popcorn texture ceiling is quite easy although a bit tiring for your arms. Popcorn texture allows homes to be personalized according to the home owner’s individuality. You can do patterns such as swirls or you can apply the texture evenly. If you feel uncomfortable taking this on alone, bring some friends over and make a party out of it.

Things You'll Need

  • Hopper gun and compressor
  • Paint tray
  • Paint suit and glasses
  • Stepladder
  • Putty knife
  • Paint mixer
  • Paint roller
  • Masking tape
  • Drop cloths
  • Ceiling texture
  • Primer sealer
  • Spackle

How to Install a Popcorn Texture Ceiling

  • The first step is to do a survey of your ceiling to find any dents or holes that are not level with the rest of the ceiling. Once you have found these you will need to fill them in. Place some spackling compound on the putty knife and slowly drag that across the dent or hole. The deeper the hole, the thicker the compound, which means extra drying time will be needed. Once the compound has dried, use your paint roller to apply primer. Allow the primer to dry completely before moving on to the next step.

  • Now that the dents are filled in, it is time to seal the room before applying the texture. Cover the floors, walls and open doorways with drop cloths and tape it down.

  • It is optional to purchase a paint suit so you don’t get texture all over yourself. If you aren’t planning on purchasing a suit then wear some old clothes, goggles and something over your hair. It will take you even longer to get this stuff out of your hair than it takes for it to dry.

  • Now for the texture, pour some texture mix into a large bucket and mix it according to the directions on the container. Using a paint mixer attachment will ensure a nice blend of water and texture. The texture’s consistency should not be runny but like a thick porridge.

  • Attach the compressor to the hopper first. Take the texture mix and fill your hopper with enough that you can still hold it in the air. Practicing on an old board first will give you an idea of how you want the texture to look and give you a feel for how it works.

  • Attach the compressor to the hopper first. Take the texture mix and fill your hopper with enough that you can still hold it in the air. Practicing on an old board first will give you an idea of how you want the texture to look and give you a feel for how it works.

Tips & Warnings

  • If the primer looks brighter than the remaining unpainted ceiling, you can apply primer all over the ceiling.

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