If you have lived with the old type of textured ceiling for years and now, you are ready to start a remodeling or redecorating project but want change, the first step would be to remove or hire a contractor to remove the old popcorn texture. From there, any gouges in the drywall would be repaired, and cleaning of the space completed. Once those steps are done, you would then have the installation or application of the new ceiling done. However, while you could go this route, another possibility that would be less time-consuming and expensive would be to look at options for covering popcorn ceiling material.
While finishing a texture ceiling by covering it saves time and money, it would also serve a purpose if testing had been done on the texture and it was found to contain asbestos. Since asbestos was commonly used in popcorn material prior to 1978, when scraped off the cancer causing dust particles become airborne and extremely hazardous. popcorn ceiling. However, if the asbestos material were not disturbed, it would pose no risk. If ceiling drywall finishing would be done for this type of scenario, it would be imperative to hire a professional who is highly trained and licensed.
One option would be for new texture to be sprayed directly on top of the old ceiling. With this, you would have a beautiful textured ceiling and depending on the type of spray on material used, the ceiling could even be painted. Obviously, this provides the benefit of being able to choose different ceiling paint colors for a more personalized appearance. The improvement would be immediately noticed, giving the room a fresh new look.
Another possibility for covering popcorn ceiling material would be to use plaster. Using a medium sized trowel, the plaster could be applied in such a way that it resembles stucco. Once completely dry, this material would also provide a beautiful texture that could be left as is or you could consider different colors to being warmth and character into the room. For color, you can add it into the plaster prior to applying, or with a roller, paint the plaster when dry.