The house I’m in now had popcorn ceilings. I left them in the bedrooms. On the ground floor I tried three solutions:
- In the kitchen, I took the ceilings down as part of the renovation, and put up new smooth drywall
- In the living room, my general contractor skim coated the popcorn with plaster
- In the dining room, my painter used the spray-and-scrape method
The new drywall was about twice the price of the other two. I think that the skim coat came out better than the spray-and-scrape.
When popcorn texture on ceilings first came out, everyone wanted it. Now no one wants popcorn in a new or newly remodeled home. If your home was built in the 70’s or 80’s then chances are you are looking up at the texture and thinking how am I ever going to fix that.
Have heart. If the ceiling bothers you that much, you can remove it yourself or hire a professional. Spray and scrape is the most common method.