Popcorn (or acoustic) ceilings were popular in residential home construction between 1950 and 1980 for their noise reduction qualities. Functional? I guess. But I cannot imagine why anyone ever found them attractive. And they are a major pain in the rear end to paint or remove. Let me interject here that if you are considering removal and your house was built prior to 1977, you will need to hire a professional. Those ceiling may contain asbestos. Definitely not something you want to DIY.
Unfortunately, we inherited some pretty manky looking popcorn ceilings when we purchased the House of Awesome. Streaky, dirty, and completely grey where they met the wall. Removal is not something we want to tackle so it was clear that they would require a paint job.
My mom is a ceiling painting veteran and won't use anything other then Behr Ultra White ceiling paint. It covers splendidly and is a nice bright white.
Awesome remove the fan and vent cover and set about rolling on the first coat. I have to say that special roller worked like a charm. It really got down (up?) into the crevices and layed the paint on thick. Awesome, still slightly irritated at my victory in the should-we-paint-the-ceiling debate, complained (a lot) about all the paint splattering on his face. Next time I am getting him a face shield.
Don't worry about that ceiling paint on the wall. In the next post I'm going to show you why it makes cutting in so much easier.
Have you painted any ceilings lately? Did you use any of these materials or techniques? Do you wish you had?