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Painting Over a Popcorn Ceiling

Painting a popcorn ceiling may at first seem daunting. However, DIY expert Amy Matthews explains just how to do it!

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roll or spray paint stained spot
  • Time


  • Price Range

    $1 - $50

  • Difficulty

    Easy to Moderate


Step 1: Prep and Dust the Ceiling

  • Cover everything in the room that will be exposed to possible paint spattering. Wear a dust mask, safety goggles and hair covering.

  • Dust the ceiling, using a feather duster.

  • Use a segmented foam roller when painting a textured ceiling.

    use segmented foam roller on textured ceiling

Step 2: Paint Over the Popcorn Ceiling

  • Paint in one direction and stop. Don't roll back and forth because once the popcorn gets wet it starts to peel.

  • For stains, roll or spray paint the stained spot, with the same color the ceiling will be painted with, and let dry completly before painting the entire ceiling.

  • If there is a spot that needs a bit more paint, the best solution is to wait for the first coat to dry and then repeat the process.

  • roll or spray paint stained spot

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