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Removing a Popcorn Texture From Walls & Ceilings

Question: Our bedroom has popcorn texturing on the ceilings AND the walls. Why oh why?? Who knows...but I want it gone - it hurts when you graze by it, and is ugly. I was reading about skimming joint compound over rough walls to smooth them out - would this be the easiest way to deal with this? I am not trying to achieve a perfectly smooth wall, I don't mind a little texture...but this is a bit much!

Answer: You can remove the popcorn texture by scraping it off with a 8" or 10" drywall knife. Be careful not to gouge the wall surface. It should come off quite easily.

Additional information on removing a popcorn ceiling.