How To Spray Popcorn Ceiling

Having a textured ceiling can add depth to a room, covering up marks, dents and other imperfections that may exist. They can be added to any room in your home to give your home more life.

To apply a textured popcorn ceiling, you will first need to gather materials, then prepare the room by cleaning furniture and priming your ceiling. Then combine your popcorn mixture with water and apply.

Let’s take a deeper look into this and how you go about doing it!

How To Spray Popcorn Ceiling

What you will need

You will need to ensure that you have all the materials to create your popcorn ceiling effect. Here’s a checklist for you;

Drop cloths


Roller brush

One bucket


Texturing gun



Popcorn ceiling spray

Prep and Cleaning

Before you even start working with your paint, you will need to clear the room and prepare the area for you to start painting. You don’t want paint getting all over your furniture.

Let’s go through a step-by-step guide on how to prepare your room before you paint your popcorn ceiling.

1. Remove all your furniture from the room. Before you apply your popcorn ceiling, you need to do this, the paint mixture may drip as you put it on the ceiling and if it drips and lands on your furniture you run the risk of ruining it.

If your furniture is too heavy to move, you can cover them up with a drop cloth to protect them, you can also use these on the floor, taping them down to protect your flooring too.

2. To cover your floors with a drop cloth, lay them down on the floors and tape them into place, this way any drips will land on the cloth instead of your lovely floors.

3. Now you want to clean your ceiling with soap and water. Fill a bucket up with warm soapy water and use a sponge to wipe down your ceilings. This is to remove any dust or dirt that may be stuck up there.

You will probably need a ladder to do this, have a friend nearby to keep the ladder steady. If you do need to remove old popcorn, use a pump sprayer to spray it with water, leave for several minutes and then scrape it off.

4. Apply painters tape and newspapers to the walls and edges in order to protect them. You may want to hang a drop cloth from the wall as well.

5. With a drywall primer, apply a coat to the ceiling before you start painting. It will help the mixture to adhere better to the ceiling and make applying it easier. Wait 24 hours for the primer to dry before you start with the next part of the process.

6. Don’t forget to open your windows for ventilation, you should always do this to have better outflow. A fan toward the window can also help in eliminating some dust too.

Making your mixture.

Now it is time to mix up your popcorn mixture!

1. Purchase your popcorn ceiling spray, often called ‘textured ceiling spray’, commonly available at any home improvement store. You should make sure that this is an asbestos-free product, remember a light application of this will usually cover 250 square feet.

2. Mix your popcorn ceiling spray with water in a large bucket. Follow the directions given on your popcorn ceiling spray to achieve the best water to spray ratio.

3. Stir the mixture together with a drill or paddle. The aim is to get a thick mixture with a few small lumps, much like the consistency of porridge.

Always follow the manufacturers instructions, especially if you use a drill to do this. If you do not have a drill you can get one from your hardware store.

4. Ensure that this is the right consistency. If it is too runny it won’t adhere to the ceiling, and it will crack. You want it to be thick but still easy enough to stir. Add a bit more of the textured ceiling mixture if it is too runny until you reach the right consistency. If it is too thick, add more water.

Time to apply the popcorn.

Now it is time to apply the popcorn! Get your texturing gun out and get ready to paint!

1. Get your texturing gun out and fill it with the mixed texturing spray. It is best to fill it half way.

2. Before you start on the ceiling, it is good to have a piece of cardboard ready for you to test it on. It will give you a feel for the spray gun, and you can try making some even strokes.

3. Now get on your ladder if you are using one, and spray the ceiling evenly in a back and forth motion.

You should hold the gun about 18 inches from the ceiling and slowly move the gun back and forth evenly. This way the texturing will be applied evenly. Start off in one corner and slowly make your way across the room.

4. Reaching the corners and edges may be difficult, if so, you can use a trowel to push the textured mix into the corner. You can also do this along the edge to ensure that the popcorn texture will cover your entire ceiling.

5. On some occasions, one coat may not be enough, so feel free to apply a second coat if you desire to do so, once you have finished the first coat, wait fifteen minutes and then apply a second coat.

You can continue this process until you have reached the desired texture, applying as many coats as you feel you need to.

6. Before you remove the drop cloths, wait at least 24 hours to do so, giving the popcorn ceiling time to dry out first.

This process is easy and great to do, it can give your home a whole new look and all the tools you need will be available at your local hardware store. Go ahead, popcorn your ceiling!

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