I have textured popcorn ceilings and would like to panel over them. How do I go about it? -Sonja
Since you have textured popcorn ceilings, the surface would be too uneven to just put paneling on top of it. You could go to the trouble of removing all the texture first, but a simpler method would be to put furring strips (made from 1×3 or 1×4 boards) on the ceiling, then attach the paneling to them.
You will still need to remove the popcorn texture where the furring strips go, and since some ceiling texture in the past contained asbestos, start by purchasing an asbestos test kit to see if the texture on your ceiling is contaminated, since the last thing you want to do is start scraping off asbestos-laced popcorn! If the test is positive, turn to a licensed asbestos mitigation company to remove the texture.
If the test indicates your popcorn ceiling texture doesn’t contain asbestos, install the paneling by:
- Apply Molding: Attach molding or 3/4” thick boards to the paneling to form a grid to accent the paneling and cover the seams. For that “paneled” look, I would go with a 1×3 board with a mitered cove molding on either side, and a bed or crown molding around the perimeter of the room.
Good luck with your project,
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