How to Paint a Ceiling After the Popcorn Is Removed

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Things You'll Need

  • Joint compound
  • Mixing tray
  • Putty knife
  • Sanding pad
  • Extension pole
  • Drywall primer
  • Paint rollers
  • Paint

Popcorn ceilings were popular from the 70s through the 80s and were often used to add texture or prevent sound from carrying out of the room. Unfortunately, textured ceilings are known for collecting dirt, making it a challenge to clean them and keep them clean. Homeowners often opt to remove the texture to create a smooth ceiling. After it has been removed, repairs may need to be made to the ceiling before homeowners can begin the process of painting.

Place the joint compound into the mixing tray and mix it well with a putty knife.

Apply joint compound into any holes or imperfections on the ceiling.

Spread the joint compound to make the areas flush with the drywall.

Sand off any high spots, using a sanding pad attached to an extension pole.

Apply more joint compound if necessary, then re-sand over the areas.

Apply a coat of primer, designed for drywall, onto the entire ceiling.

Let the primer dry completely, overnight if possible.

Paint the ceiling with the paint color of your choice, using a clean, dry paint roller.


  • Open windows, if possible, to ventilate the room where you are working.