DON’T remove your popcorn ceilings – COVER it!

Popcorn ceilings, do you scrape it, hose it or just cover it up? Today I will share all the options and why we chose to do it this way!

I would love to know who invented popcorn ceilings, I think it has to be the worst invention ever. Who knows maybe the purpose was something else entirely and to not be thrown on ceilings so they can collect dust and dirt, turn brown and just be hideous.

If you have popcorn ceilings, I am sorry. We lived with ours for a little over 10 years, and I can’t begin to tell you how our spaces transformed with not having it. I wish we did it sooner, but it was last on the list because I misplaced my money tree… and I had no desire to scrape it. I will say DON’T remove your popcorn ceilings – COVER it! I will be sharing this easy DIY.


  1. The first thing wether you are covering up or scraping your popcorn ceiling, have it tested for asbestos. You don’t want to mess with that so be safe.
  2. Next, decide what you want to do to cover it up. We used this vinyl plank from The Home Depot HERE and love it! ( I will share why later).
  3. Now lets begin – I will share all the items you need below. 


  1. Vinyl Plank for ceiling 
  2. Nail Gun
  3. Brad nails
  4. Tape Measure. ruler 
  5. Utility Knife
  6. Miter Saw
  7. Pencil 
  8. Multi Tool for cutting a circle

It is time to begin, don’t be scared.

TIP: Try to keep your nail holes sparse, try to keep a pattern,  but just remember you can always fill in. 


We thought about this for a long time, only 10 years. The thought of scraping or spraying the ceiling while living in this small space didn’t sound appealing. James has done it before and would rather pay someone than do it again – and since it was last on our list and not something we wanted to pay for it was time to think! Our next option was to cover it up!


Honestly it wasn’t. For a 3 pack of this vinyl HERE it runs $25.97 a 3 pack, it was around $200 to do this room which for how quick and amazing it looks was worth it!


Option 1. Scraping, then finishing any drywall repair and painting

Option 2. Doing our thin shiplap underlayment to cover it up – it is so thin, while easy to put up we wanted more of a statement. Our ceilings are so uneven along with our whole house we didn’t want to see a wave.

Option 3. Tounge and Groove – Honestly this was our second option… we even bought many packs but it had so many knots and so much imperfection like we couldn’t use half the boards… and then would have to paint. For just a bit more we did this without the hassle and ended up perfect.

Would we do this again? YES!! Hands down… we did our front room, hallway, and daughters room! Next on the list : our kitchen, family room, and laundry room

This material is easy to cut, even if you don’t have a miter saw.

Going around a light is the hardest part, we took it off and then measured and traced out the space. When we cut it, we used a multi tool it made it a lot easier.

We are getting so close! Its amazing the difference right!! I want to finish every room in our home like this.

It is time to finish up! You can see how we did the whole space and how easy it was to do. It is a quick project.. just not this fast.

Hopefully watching the video above lets you see how easy this is, and the change that it makes!

Now that we are done, I have a few more rooms I want to add this too! I will warn you it is quite addicting and you won’t miss your popcorn ceiling! Hopefully this was easy to follow along and if you have any questions let me know below.


Pin this image for later, and come pin along with me HERE.

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  1. Cindy Burns says:

    So excited to show this to my husband. The question he always askes me is, where and what did you nail it into. Did you have to figure out where the boards run in the attic and nail it into that? I absolutely love this ceiling

    • Shelly says:

      Would love to do this on my ceiling . Could you please share what vinyl planks you used . Thank you

  2. Debbie Lundberg says:

    What a clever idea! Looks amazing!

  3. Dawn Bean says:

    Do you have w picture of the packaging? I have popcorn ceilings and I have scraped 2 bedrooms already and I am thinking I would like something a little easier for the rest of the house.

  4. julie says:

    i want to do this but the link goes to nothing – is it tongue and groove ?

  5. Lori Underwood says:

    Love this idea! We have popcorn ceilings in every room and I am not a fan of how they look and am completely over having to continually having to clean them. Dust loves every nook and cranny! We have radiant heat in our ceilings so I could not nail. Do you know if this could be glued?

    • sarah wagner says:

      We did glue ours in one room and nailed, so yes you can! For our ceilings it wasn’t needed since we wanted to nail it. Always best to test one spot <3

  6. Bryn says:

    Love it! What mounding did you use around the edge? Did you feel like it needed crown Lou KSU for to look finished? Thanks!

  7. Debbie says:

    It looks amazing, but what keeps it from drooping? Did you make sure that you nailed to framing, or is it light weight enough to have no worries? This looks like an option for me too.

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