Popcorn ceilings are one of the first things that people hate about older homes. 

They seem to suck light out of a room and make it feel smaller.

If you have dated looking popcorn ceilings in your home, you do not have to remove the popcorn for an updated look - you can cover the popcorn ceilings instead. 

Here are a few different ideas for how to cover popcorn ceilings. 

Warning - homes built in the early 1980's or before may have asbestos in the popcorn ceiling, so use proper precaution when working around that material.  Consult a professional before attempting any modification to or around your popcorn ceilings.

Different Ways to Cover Ugly Popcorn Ceilings - DIY, do it yourself, easy, budget friendly, not removephoto courtesy of Talissa Decor Ceilings flickr.com/photos/faux-tin-ceilings/3598760164/

Decorative Ceiling Tiles
Decorative ceiling tiles that look like stamped metal or wood are a beautiful way to cover popcorn ceilings without having to remove the popcorn. 

Decorative ceiling tiles come in ornate traditional styles as well as more modern styles. 

They come in many different materials, such as metal or styrofoam, and can be metallic colored or painted. 

Fasade Easy Installation Traditional 2 Matte White Glue Up Ceiling Tile / Ceiling Panel (2' x 4' Panel)

The ceiling tiles attach to the ceiling but only lower the ceiling height by a few inches or less. 

Do not use ugly white office building acoustical tiles in a metal grid inside your home. 

You can leave the ceiling tiles the color they are or paint them the color of your choice.

 

Drywall Mud
You can use a heavy coat of drywall mud to cover the popcorn ceiling and give it a new stamped or sprayed texture. 

You can also use drywall mud on popcorn ceilings to make the ceilings completely smooth, however smooth ceilings will require a lot of sanding.

 

Wood
You can add wood planks, bead board, wood flooring, paneling, reclaimed wood, or other wood products over top of your popcorn ceiling to give it a new updated look. 

Consider creating a custom design to make your home one of a kind. 

Wood can be a pricey fix, but it will give a custom look to the old popcorn ceiling.

 

 

New Drywall
You can add another layer of drywall over top of the existing drywall popcorn ceiling to get an updated look. 

This process can be quite labor intensive, but you will have a clean slate to work with. 

You will also make the room more sound proof.

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