I’m sharing an update on our beach condo today (and how to remove popcorn ceilings!).
Hello beautiful friends!
We have been busy, busy, busy the last two weekends at the beach condo so I thought I’d give an update of all that we have been doing.
If you follow along on Instagram you’ve seen it all! ;)
If not, let me show you a little bit below.
But first…if you missed how it looked “before”, check out this post >>> here.
We have removed all flooring…new and old. (even the original 1990 vinyl underneath) We gave the good flooring to our HVAC person which worked out well. Hate to see it go to waste! And so glad he could use it.
The 90’s vinyl underneath.
So glad we removed it all because we found some mold in the bunk room.
Yuck. (the washer and dryer are in here…to the right over there where it looks like it came from…so I’m guessing a leak at some point)
We treated it with mold killer but we wouldn’t have even known it was there unless we removed that flooring.
Now we start with a clean slate.
I can not wait to share the flooring that we are planning to put in here.
I’m so excited about it! Stay tuned.
AND…we removed the fireplace and wall around it.
WOW, how different and more open the room feels now.
I love it!
We did have a small issue…a leak so we are having to wait to get that fixed before we can really proceed there. (so glad we opened up that wall and found it though!)
You can see it in the corner there (above photo). The darkened areas on the floor and wall. We noticed that and then it just so happened to heavy rain that night…and plop, plop, plop came the water. It’s a small leak, thank goodness, and probably why it went undetected.
But we did get another thing done instead…removing all the popcorn ceilings.
I had a bunch of people message me about how to remove popcorn ceilings. I’m no expert but I thought I’d share here how we did it and a few tips.
It’s a job…and a messy one at that. So glad it’s done!
So be prepared for the mess.
But what difference it makes.
What you’ll need to remove popcorn ceilings:
NOTE: If your home or condo was built before 1980-ish, you could have asbestos in the popcorn ceiling. Keep that in mind and hire out, if so!
Steps to remove popcorn ceilings:
- Be sure to cover all of your furniture, cabinets, counters, floors, etc with plastic drop cloths before you get started. Use tape to attach it to the wall, cabinets, etc.
- Work in small-ish sections (4×4, 5×5 etc) spraying to wet the popcorn ceiling. You want to saturate it pretty well but not soaking.
- Let it sit for a few minutes before scraping. If it feels like it has dried give it another spray.
- Be careful not to gouge the drywall underneath.
- Once done and dry, go back with drywall mud and cover any gouges or imperfections.
- Lastly, sand any areas that need smoothing (patched areas, rough areas, etc) to ready it for painting. Use a pole sander to do this.
We’ll be sanding and hopefully also painting this ceiling this weekend.
TIP: Be careful not to spray electrical lighting etc. Tape around them to protect them. Cover and/or tape anything you don’t want to get covered in popcorn ceiling debris. (it will go everywhere)
TIP: I have read that you can use a dash of dish soap (and someone even mentioned vinegar to me) in with the water to help in the removal. I did not use either of these so cannot say whether it helps or not. We had great luck with water only.
Except in the bedroom.
We ended up not removing the popcorn in the main bedroom because it was painted over several times and was an absolute bear to remove. The water just dripped off, it did not soak in. Once it was scraped (which only knocked the tiny points off) and sprayed again, the water was able to get underneath a bit and it came off but it was a lot more work than the rest and wasn’t worth the effort.
So in this case, you must either suck it up and use that elbow grease or decide to do something else. (as in not remove it but cover it up)
Thankfully none of the rest of the condo ceiling had been painted. We are going to do something else on the bedroom ceiling instead…maybe some sort of ceiling planks to cover it up.
Stay tuned for that!
TIP: As I mentioned already, it’s a very messy job. One thing that kept me sane and kept the mess down a bit was cleaning up little by little instead of all at the end. For example, I worked from one end of the room to the other. Once I had finished about 1/3 of the space I swept, cleaned up, removed plastic-filled sheets, and then moved on. It made it so much more manageable. Once done I went back over the whole floor with the shop vac to get anything I might have missed.
ALSO…it’s much easier to remove when it’s still damp than when it dries and re-sticks to things.
And lastly, I’m still trying to decide what I’m going to do about these doors (we have 9 to redo) with the peeling paint. I think they possibly painted over oil-based paint without a primer and it’s all peeling off terribly. (and all the trim too…ugh) I have a few ideas and suggestions I’ve been given to work with this. We’ll see how it does. I’m going to test out a thing or two when we go back down this weekend. I’ll let ya know! (watch my Instagram stories as I’ll surely share there)
More home DIY tutorials we have shared here:
- DIY Faux Shiplap (get the look, without the expense!)
- DIY Faux Board & Batten (simple and quick!)
- How To Make a DIY Wood Countertop
- Build Your Own Kitchen Island With Big Box Store Cabinets
- How To Install Laminate Flooring (tips and tricks)
- DIY Crown Mold (easy way to get that wide custom look!)
- Build Your Own Built In Bookcase – Tutorial
- Chalk Painted Kitchen Cabinets
- How To Use Gel Stain On Your Stairs
- How To Paint Light Fixtures Without Removing Them
- How To Build a Permanently Attached Wall Coat Rack
- DIY Floating Shelves Tutorial
- How To DIY a Tile Backsplash
- How To Build a Custom Closet
- Remove Popcorn Ceilings The Easy Way(you are here)
- How To Remove Peeling Paint
- DIY Wood Mantel
- How To Paint a Tile Floor (it works!)
- How To Hang Peel and Stick Wallpaper
I hope you will enjoy following along with us on this remodel. I’m so excited about the plans we have for it and I can’t wait to get it done!
I’ll see you back here on Thursday with our porch all decorated for fall. I don’t usually do a whole lot of decorating on our porch so this might be the most I’ve ever done. I am really enjoying it all dolled up!
See you then.
Have a great week!