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Popcorn Removal

Popcorn ceilings became popular in the late 1950s. Also known as cottage cheese ceiling or Stucco ceilings, this home decorating technique peaked in the 1980s.

Many homeowners liked the bright, white look and interesting texture of popcorn ceilings. Others liked the way popcorn ceilings reduced noise.

Unfortunately, some homebuilders used popcorn ceilings to cover poor workmanship and imperfections in drywall. The rough texture that gives popcorn ceilings their distinctive look easily hides defects. Many popcorn ceilings were made with asbestos, a toxic ingredient that was banned in 1978. After 1979, contractors used styrofoam or paper-based products to create the popcorn texture.

Despite falling out of favor, there are still many homes in the Atlanta area with popcorn ceilings today. Many people encounter popcorn ceilings when they buy existing homes since these houses tend to be older. Some homes have popcorn ceilings in kitchens, hallways and bedrooms. Some homes even have popcorn ceilings in the garage.

Having your popcorn ceiling removed is an excellent way to freshen up the look of your home’s interior.

Many homeowners ask, “Why do I need to remove my popcorn ceilings?” There are several benefits to removing popcorn ceilings:

  • Falling white specks are synonymous with popcorn ceilings.  
  • Popcorn ceilings trap more dust, dirt and webs than painted ceilings.
  • Popcorn ceilings trap more allergens from outdoors and from your pets.
  • Popcorn ceilings are difficult to clean.
  • Popcorn ceilings are easy to damage and difficult to patch and repair.
  • Removing popcorn ceilings modernizes and adds value to your home.


For homeowners with large homes and high ceilings, removing thousands of square feet of popcorn ceiling is a big project best handled by an experienced painting contractor.

From start to finish, your home is in professional hands with J. Stevens Painting. Popcorn removal is a messy project but once we’re done, we’ll clean up like we were never there.

Here’s how our popcorn removal process works:

Before any work is done to remove your popcorn ceilings, J. Stevens Painting will perform a full inspection of the interior of your home. We’ll identify any trouble spots for that need to be addressed. You’ll receive an estimate of the price for our service before you sign anything so you know what you’re getting before work is started.

Once you approve the estimate, we’ll schedule a time to return to your home and begin work.

On the day of service, preparing for your popcorn removal is key for our team. We will protect the interior of your home to ensure no damage is done. We’ll begin cloaking, moving furniture and other personal items out of room that’s being worked on.

Next, our team will apply floor and wall protection, covering areas with plastic sheeting so no dripping from the ceiling gets on floors or walls. Your doorways, outlets and ceiling fixtures will also be protected with plastic covers.

We will start to remove all popcorn ceiling textures in your home, scraping and sanding all uneven areas left on your ceiling. We use equipment that will effectively remove the popcorn ceiling treatment and will smooth out the final product.

All popcorn material will hauled away by our team and disposed before we begin our painting.

Once your home is ready for painting, we’ll prime and paint your ceiling to a polished finish.

To finish, we’ll move all items back into place as it was when we arrived.


Once we’ve removed your popcorn ceilings, it’s time to get creative. Choose a simple fresh coat of paint or a unique texturing that adds depth to your ceiling and style to your room. J. Stevens Painting allows you to choose the look that best suits each room.

Then we’ll apply a fresh coat of paint to give your ceiling a new look. You choose the color and we’ll make sure it compliments the interior of your home.

If you’re not ready to part with your popcorn ceiling, we can still apply a new coat of paint to refresh the look of your ceiling. We can also lessen the focus on your ceiling by refreshing the paint on your walls. Adding eye-catching color to your walls will balance out the impact of your popcorn ceiling.

In addition to removing your popcorn ceilings, J. Stevens Painting has decades of experience providing high-quality paint jobs to homeowners around the greater Atlanta area.

Call J. Stevens Painting today at (770) 365-6889 for all of your painting needs.