Painting Popcorn Ceilings: How to Paint Your Ceiling Like Pros

Painting Popcorn Ceilings: How to Paint Your Ceiling Like Pros

– [Jeff] Hello my home remodeling
friends of the internet this is Jeff again. Welcome
back to our channel. Today we are showing you exactly how to paint a popcorn ceiling,
and this is an alternative to hiring a contractor to come in and scrape off your
popcorn ceiling for you. You’re gonna save a couple
of thousand dollars. So, sometimes when you’re dealing with an inexpensive project like this where it’s just not in your budget, you’re better off just
spraying the ceiling here. Today we’re going to
show you the techniques of exactly how we do this. You can spray on a layer of primer first or you can use a paint that
has a primer built into it. Okay, so you can see
here what we’re doing is we’re doing overlapping
patterns going East West over a few square feet at a
time. We work in small sections. Then we come back and here you can see now we’re going North South. You see how what it does is it
blends in and we feather in. We overlap previous spots
that we already did. There’s our setup here in the other room. You can see we prefer to do
it when it’s completely empty. We’ll have everything all laid out there, everything’s protected. We have cloths spread out just everywhere. Here in this place of
course it’s completely bare. It’s a concrete floor. Concrete
floors are just everywhere so we don’t really have
to be too concerned about covering a whole lot of things up. (paint sprayer whirs) Here you can see we’re in the bedroom and we have a couple
of doors tied together that are ready to be sprayed
as soon as we’re done with the ceiling we’ll switch paint there. If you look up at the ceiling you can see where it’s white on the right
where we’ve already painted and the yellowish part that
he’s spraying over right now is the rest of the ceiling, it looks. When you’re going to do
this kind of painting I would suggest you do it with a sprayer and if you don’t have one, either rent one or get a friend that has one because you don’t wanna be rolling over popcorn with rollers.
What we’ve found is usually when they spray
this stuff up originally, it’s done with real cheap, cheap paint and sometimes no paint at all. If you get it wet with a new paint it’ll just start crumbling
and falling apart. We’ve even seen where
when you’re rolling it, it just cakes off in huge chunks. You really don’t want
to get this stuff wet, in fact, that’s how the
popcorn removal guys get rid of it anyways. They come in and they spray the ceiling real quick with a hose and dampen it. Anyway you can see here
like we’ve mentioned before we’re going East West and North and South. The reason why you work in
these small sections at a time is that, notice how it’s
like a choreographed dance. See how there’s kind of a rhythm
going when you’re doing it. So you kind of go one
direction then the other and it’s very well choreographed
so you develop a pattern. You want to keep a good rhythm going. There’s the ceiling completed there and you really can’t tell until it’s dry whether you need to come
back and do more on it or not but typically we get it pretty good. This would be a perfect
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comments down below too. Now we’re doing the
little hallway that leads from that bedroom into its
bathroom in the closet area. Again I wanted to remind you, there’s a lot of overspray with this so you need to make sure
that if you have furniture and carpeting and stuff that
everything gets covered. Now, we’re doing it, as
I said, in an empty unit where it’s just concrete floors so we have no problem with that. You always want to make
sure you’re wearing a mask, that you have eye protection, and I’m talkin really good masks so that you don’t breathe
in any of these fumes. You can see the little
flecks of it falling down in front of the camera here because that’s what the overspray does. It settles down onto the floor. Later on you can vacuum up
any of the dried overspray. Here we are now doing the big living room and again, section at a time. Have a nice good rhythm,
a good choreography going, and you overlap each of your tracks there. You don’t want to see
any visible track lines on the ceiling from your spray pattern. If you look, I think its got
about a twelve inch spread when it hits the ceiling there. So you just keep that in mind and overlap each one of those tracks because when it’s all said and done you want it to look like
you were never even there. You can see how these
overlapping coats here are just eliminating any possible hint that we were ever even up there. Yet, look how much brighter
and whiter that ceiling was and it just lightens up the room. Here we’re spraying primer
on the drywall ceiling in the kitchen and it’s done the same way. You have to do this primer layer first. Anytime you have new drywall, you always want to have primer first otherwise the paint will
have a hard time sticking. Then once it dries in
about half an hour or so, you can come back later
and spray on your paint. You can see here we go
East West and North South so that when we’re done
spraying this ceiling here it should completely
uniform with no lines. (paint sprayer whirring) Here you can see we are about
to now paint the AC registers using the semi-gloss
paint that we are using on the doors and the baseboards. We don’t ever buy new
AC registers anymore. It’s a waste of money. All
you gotta do is paint them and when these are done
they’re going to look absolutely perfect. Nice, shiny and white and they’ll look brand new. (dramatic music) That was what, about ten seconds. They’re already nice and white. Here we’re getting ready to
paint the baseboards here on the living room floor
before we lay down the flooring cause this is the only room
in the house big enough to hold these sixteen
foot long baseboards. It’s much more efficient to paint these with a sprayer like this than
it is to waste time rolling it and painting it with paintbrushes. Pretty much one coat is all we need when we do it when the sprayer but often times when you
roll it or use a paintbrush you have to come back with a second coat. You can see in about five minutes we’ll have all twelve of
these baseboards painted, where normally it would
take you five minutes just to put one coat on one baseboard if you were rolling it by hand. (dramatic music)


  • Mr Vio Funny says:

    Great job. 👏

  • jeffostroff says:

    Tools used in this house painting tips video:

    Graco 17G177 Magnum ProX17 Stand Paint Sprayer:

  • Paul Peck DrywallTube says:

    Looks good Jeff!👍 Whenever I paint a popcorn ceiling, I like too prime it first with an oil base stain blocking primer like Kilz. That's my little insurance policy that I'll end up with a nice bright white ceiling. More times than not an unpainted popcorn ceiling will turn yellow if only a latex paint was used. Take care, -Paul

  • pw510577w says:

    I found my ceilings were highly absorbent. I used a roller. I went through LOTS of paint. If I did this again I'd either use a sprayer, or scrape the popcorn off. It does make a huge improvement, the same apartments looked shit compared to mine.

  • jameskpoole says:

    Great tips!

  • Lily Val says:

    Popcorn is ugly. I had spots. I rather have scraoed few spots here If mines was popcorn it be smaller fine pueces like ypurs on every square inch & it wasn't. They just had clumps in it I suppose or whatever it was they did. Some junk white paint aun in bathroom using crappy lazy not care method & a bit caulking, etc. old place only tiles were ok nice enough new maybe& sink cabibet. That floor ac vents wall gel calking asebord wall corer black mmold mildew, stain feom it needed recaulk, those ugly nails in thst wood square in the middle & I'd have to rewind to see d missed anything else. Why paint without recaulk over old one unless it is is bad ? I can't write. Sleepy. Sorry forgot what I was going to say.

  • Fila Kri says:

    This is what I want to do. My house was built in 1973, ceiling tested positive for asbestos. Scraping will cost at least 5K and ruin the walls because of the water I'm told. I'd rather paint it. Will this encapsulate it and will it be easier to clean? I get cobwebs sometimes and I just want it to look nice and clean.

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