Friday, March 4, 2016

Popcorn or cottage cheese ceilings first became popularized in the 1950s and lasted well into the 1980s. However, because most of the early formulations for the paint contained white asbestos, the popular style seemingly faded away thanks to the Clean Air Act of 1978. While there were asbestos-free popcorn ceilings after the 1980s, homeowners began to choose a more modern look, opting for flat ceilings without very much texture.

Many older homes and apartments still have these old school ceilings, but with time our preferences change, and sprucing up the place might mean getting rid of the retro ceiling. If you’re looking to get rid of the ole’ cottage cheese, Aaron Rollins provides a way for you to do it quickly and cleanly (no fancy tools necessary).

All you have to do is spray your popcorn ceiling with water. Grab a 6-inch spackle knife and duct tape it to the end of your shop vacuum. The spackle knife easily scrapes off the popcorn ceiling, while the vacuum quickly sucks in the debris. This will save you a whole lot of time and mess! Rollins says he was able to complete the entire room in less than 10 minutes with this technique.

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