Solution for Popcorn Ceilings!

Does anyone actually LIKE popcorn ceilings?  Of course they don’t.  But they can be messy and expensive to remove, so most just live with it.  What if I told you there was another way to live???

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Nashville-based Brooks and Dana Tucker of Bella Tucker Decorative Finishes recently renovated their kitchen and found a way to win the fight against the dreaded popcorn ceiling.  Here is her kitchen during the reno:

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Hello, Popcorn Ceiling!


The solution?  Styrofoam ceiling tiles.  Here’s the stunning “after”:

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No More Popcorn Ceilings!


These lightweight 20″ x 20″ styrofoam tiles can be adhered right on the ceiling with glue.  I particularly like this pattern I found online:

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The Tuckers are amazing!  Less money and less headache than removing that popcorn – and what an improvement! Make sure you check out the rest of their incredible kitchen renovation here.  If you have seen any other ways to solve the popcorn ceiling dilemma, I’d love to hear more about it.

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  1. My hubby hates popcorn ceilings too. As we slowly made our way through each room in this old house doing remodel and repair he made sure the ceiling was the first thing to go. Now it is seven years later but we are popcorn-free.

  2. I agree that is stunning – so much nicer than popcorn!
    We routinely scrape popcorn off ceilings on our project houses. A brave do-it-yourselfer can manage, though it is a messy job. Spray the ceiling down with soapy water, use a 6-inch drywall knife, and it usually slides right off. You may have some mudding to do, because usually popcorn texture (or any ceiling texture) is technically a cheat step used by finishers to not have to work so hard, as it conceals flaws.
    I actually kind of enjoy it. But this makes the ceilings a real showstopper!

  3. Wow!!! What a treat to see our project featured on your blog!! Thanks a million, Kristie! You are the best!!!

  4. Sheila Pearson says:

    I too hate the look of popcorn ceilings, however, I am not loving the styrofoam ceiling tiles as an alternative. I think that is just a mistake over another mistake.

  5. I have scraped off the dreaded popcorn. Once a very long time ago – It was NOT fun, and will never ever do it again! When I bought this house 4 years ago, it had popcorn ceilings and dreadful uneven walls. So before we moved in – I hired a company to remove the popcorn and spray “knock down” on all my ceilings and walls. I love it! Ps… I have actually seen someone put wood planks over the popcorn. It looked absolutely fabulous! XoXo

    • Yes Katie, wood planks applied over popcorn ceilings do look great. The problem is, if you have 8ft ceilings, you don’t want to lose the couple of inches that would shave off the height of the room.

  6. This is so weird! Just had a client this past Saturday that had popcorn ceilings and changed it out to these tiles in her dining room. I had to stand on the chair to feel it – it was some type of vinyl but it looked awesome. Great option to the horrible chore of scraping it all away.

  7. Carol Anne says:

    I love this, I have been looking at a plastic tin look for my kitchen ceiling… same idea just not white….
    I am not a fan of white ceilings so I would do the silver or copper look, just need to decide which one.
    It’s always harder to decide for my home than a clients…

  8. I love tin tiles, and these Styrofoam options are a great invention! Light weight for sure, and you can give them whatever finished look you want. Super tip to cover up the dreaded popcorn!

  9. Fabulous transformation!!! What a fantastic idea!

  10. Christina says:

    I think this is a horrible idea! I agree that removing a popcorn ceiling is very time consuming but it is very easy. If you are not interested in doing the work yourself, it can be outsourced economically. This is money poorly spent in my opinion.

    • Christina, have you ever tried to remove popcorn ceiling? Did you know that it may contain asbestos? What about all the mess? And what are you going to do with your ceiling after the popcorn is gone? The reason they used it is because it covers imperfections… Are you going to hire a plaster guy, also economically? Once the new plaster is sanded, then what? Priming of course, you have to prime first before you paint.

  11. Dee Simmons says:

    What type of glue do you use? Won’t it fall down eventually? Mine has gold sparkles in it. Place was built in early ’70s. Whole place is covered in it. Most concerned about old, weak areas that might not hold the (light) wt. of the styrofoam. What if it gets damaged or dented? Or discolored w/time?

    • Hi Dee,

      We recommend either ceramic tile adhesive from AcrylPro or Power Grab.

      You don’t want to cover week areas. Those need to be scraped.

      I have it for about five years and don’t have any of the issues above.

      The nice thing is that you can replace them individually ( that is why we recommend you keep few extra) and also that it can be painted.

  12. Dee Simmons says:

    Oh, and what is the cost per sq ft?

  13. Styrofoam is very flammable and releases toxic gases when it burns. Wouldn’t that be a hazard in a kitchen? Did you use fire-rated paint?


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