If you have a second floor bathroom that experienced a minor flood, you're probably glad that the contractors and plumbers came in right away to take care of the damage. However, if you're still left with a little stain or damage on the first floor popcorn ceiling, you can repair it yourself. Sometimes workers might overlook this area because the leaking water and upper floor repairs take priority. This guide demonstrates how to repair a spot in a popcorn ceiling.
A Note Before Beginning: If the popcorn was installed before the 1980s, call your contractor before moving forward with this project. Older popcorn material may contain asbestos and may not be safe for you to remove on your own.
Step 1: Purchase the Materials
Dig through your garage and gather the materials on the following list that you have handy. Go to home improvement store and pick up what you don't have.
- clean spray bottle
- putty knife
- drywall mud
- wall mesh
- drywall tape
- can of popcorn texture
Step 2: Wet the Surface
Fill the spray bottle with water and replace the lid. Lay down the tarp on the floor under the spot on the ceiling. Climb the ladder and spray the stained area with the water. Soak the area completely and leave it set for a few minutes.
Step 3: Scrape the Stain
Use the putty knife to scrape off the stained area. Allow the popcorn material to fall onto the tarp. Note: The material should scrape off easily. If it doesn't, spray the area again until the popcorn comes off with ease.
Step 4: Repair Any Drywall Holes
Inspect the drywall to see if there are any holes. If so, apply some drywall mud to the hole. Scrape off the excess until it is smooth. Apply a little wall mesh, a little more drywall mud and then some drywall tape. Apply a little more drywall mud over the tape and smooth out with the putty knife. Give the area a couple of hours to dry.
Step 5: Prime the Spot
Apply wall primer to the area with a paintbrush and allow it to dry completely.
Step 6: Spray on the Texture
Shake the can of texture and spray evenly, using long strokes, over the area. Let it sit for a while to dry and then add more until the texture matches the rest of the ceiling.
Step 7: Paint the Texture
Once the texture is dry, use the paintbrush to gently paint over the texture until the shade matches the rest of the ceiling. Be sure to not apply too much pressure to the spot so that you don't remove the texture you just put on.
Ask your contractor for help if you run into any issues with this project. Call the water restoration professionals, like Complete Restoration Services, immediately if you experience a flood in any portion of your home. Look around for other flood repairs that you can do on your own to save money.