Like a wet snow. In this photo, you can see the damp popcorn stuff falling as it passes in front of my face. Here I use a two inch scraper which has had the edges rounded off with a file.
It is slow going removing the popcorn texture from our dining room ceiling. I want a smooth surface to the ceiling prior to adding the beam detail and crown molding. After some major procrastination, I made some significant progress during the week. Here are some photo notes from the project so far...
Wishful thinking. A picture from my daughter's bedroom - what I had hoped would happen.
In the photo above, little by little, the popcorn ceiling is falling. Not sure why; I suspect moisture from a nearby air conditioning vent. My daughter complains about this from time to time. I tell her this is actually a good thing since it is falling without any effort on my part (also it is falling in large pieces). As I start work on the dining room, I have hopes that the popcorn there will come down just as easy.
Stubborn. With the dining room ceiling, the texture is more troublesome. The popcorn tends to stick better to the mudded areas - the areas where it was sprayed directly to the sheetrock come off pretty easily.
I have been researching the correct steps in this process, trying to determine the best technique. Early on, one thing I skimped on was protection for our floor. In my research, I have found recommendations that the floor be completely covered with a drop cloth and one even suggested the walls be covered as well. I have been thinking, no big deal, I'll simply lay down some plastic and if a little popcorn gets around the edges, I'll just vacuum it up. I underestimated the mess scraping would create.
Like sleet really. Note the popcorn stuff on the plastic and ladder. It is really more like a heavy sleet than a fine snow. Words can't describe the mess the scraping and sanding creates.
As you can see in the photo above, I have gone to the effort of covering the floor and door openings with plastic. This was done after I received notice from the wife that my first attempts at containment were rather poor. Even with all of this preventative stuff, there will be some leakage.
But, after inspecting the adjacent living room this morning, very little dust has made it into the rest of the house. And let me tell you there has been plenty of dust. I placed a box fan in our dining room window which creates air flow that moves the sanding dust away from openings to adjacent rooms.
Currently. I have a little more than half of the popcorn removed.
Prep work will continue this week; I have come to the realization that it will be best to paint the ceiling prior to any woodworking, so that will be next. For now, my back is bothering me from all the ladder work yesterday, so I think I'll get a heating pad and go lay on the couch. There will be a race on TV a little later.
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