It’s official – smooth is all the rage. Gone are the old popcorn ceilings (and horror of horrors – walls!!) of the 70’s, 80’s and 90’s, to everyone’s eternal gratitude. Originally a spray-on or paint-on ceiling treatment used from the late 1950s into the 1980s, ceiling stucco was the standard for many bedroom and residential hallways in North America. Known for its bright, white appearance, ability to hide imperfections and dirt, and acoustical characteristics, popcorn ceilings are also notoriously difficult to clean, and they trap dust.

Popcorn ceilings from the 50’s to the late 70’s often contained asbestos fibres. When asbestos was banned in the US in 1978, popcorn ceilings fell out of favour. Existing inventories of asbestos-bearing texturing materials were however exempt from the ban, so it is possible to find asbestos in popcorn ceilings that were applied through the 1980s.

If you’re thinking of removing your popcorn ceiling (and what an exciting prospect that is!!), be very careful that the stucco removal professional you work with knows how to test for asbestos, and follows the correct procedures when removing the treatment.

To help you along, here are a number of stucco removal projects undertaken by other homeowners.

Toronto Location – 3K

Company: Skilled Taper

This homeowner had their popcorn ceilings removed and the walls smoothed-out in their living room, dining room, two hallways, and the main stairway. The contractor removed the plate rail as requested, and took time to reinforce & repair any plaster cracks, sags, or weak spots (almost the entire job had the original 90-year old lath & plaster under the texture).

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Location: Toronto

Company: Popcorn Ceiling Removal

Here’s a variety of popcorn ceiling removal and replastering by Toronto’s Popcorn Ceiling Removal.

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And for inspiration, here’s what you can do with your new-found fifth wall once it’s scraped. Smooth ceilings are just screaming for some sort of treatment.

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Think of how relieved you will feel when that popcorn ceiling is finally removed! For constant inspiration, check out our Pinterest board devoted to ceilings. Good luck with your project and please do write a review when your project is completed, it benefits the whole community.

Posted by Leslie Andrachuk