Painting a popcorn ceiling (also known as stipple ceiling) is more of a science than an art.

There is definitely a way to get it right and there are things that can go wrong. Although this style isn’t as popular as it was in the past, there are some individuals who prefer the texture of popcorn ceiling and it can be a cost-effective way to cover a ceiling that has holes and cracks.

At A Burst of Colour, we work with you to decide if a popcorn ceiling is the right choice for you and your home. If we’re painting the whole room, we’ll do the ceiling first. If we’re only painting the ceiling, we’ll “bag off” the entire room, covering the walls and floor with plastic to prevent them from getting damaged. We’ll also remove any light fixtures before painting, and reinstall them before we leave.

Applying Stipple Ceiling

You can’t apply the material used to create a popcorn ceiling with a roller, despite what you might read in a DIY blog. We achieve a much nicer, even application using a sprayer/hopper.

Before we begin we will inspect your ceiling and remove any water stains. Then we spray the ceiling with a precise technique, ensuring we apply the proper amount of material so you are happy with the final outcome.

We apply primer first, as this creates depth between the texture and the ceiling. After the primer dries, we blend the texture mix until it is the right consistency and then spray your ceiling with the stipple. This has to be done at the correct speed to prevent blotchy and uneven areas.

Painting Popcorn Ceilings

If you already have a popcorn ceiling but it’s not as white as it once was, it can be painted. We’ll spray on a coat of primer and cover that with two coats of ceiling paint, using a sprayer to get the most even paint job possible.

Be aware that once you paint a popcorn ceiling you will probably not be able to remove the texture. After painting, popcorn ceiling becomes extremely hard to scrape off. It can take days to remove it from just one ceiling.

In fact, we recommend drywalling over painted popcorn texture with thin sheets of drywall if you no longer want the look of the popcorn. It’s the most cost-effective option, although it will require you to paint the walls.

Popcorn Ceiling Professionals

We’ve been in this business a long time and our Calgary residential interior painters have extensive experience with stipple ceiling painting. If you’re thinking of a fresh, new look, give us a call and we’ll arrange a visit to your home.

We’ll explain the process, show you photos of our work, and talk about your goals. Then we’ll prepare a quote that you can consider along with the other quotes you get.

We want you to feel comfortable with your choice of painting professionals. Ask us anything you want; we’ll always be upfront and straight with you. The important thing is that you get a burst of colour in your home and are happy with the results.