Popcorn ceilings are ugly and drab, but they're ubiquitous in homes built from the '50s through the '80s. Here is a simple solution to remove this unwanted featured.
Popcorn ceiling is a spray-on ceiling treatment that can hide ceiling imperfections and also provide noise reduction. It fell out of favour in the '80s after asbestos was banned, and it's now considered almost universally repulsive.
Removing popcorn ceiling texture is a simple process, but you must first have your ceiling texture tested for asbestos. After you've determined it's safe to remove the texture, you can start the removal by spraying the ceiling with plain water using a spray bottle. Allow the ceiling to soak a few minutes then use a paint scraper to remove the popcorn texture. Catch the old texture in plastic tray and dispose it.
Wear safety goggles to prevent fragments from falling into your eyes and a breathing mask is also helpful as fine particles can linger in the air.
Remove Popcorn Texture from Ceiling [YouTube]