A textured ceiling, sometimes called a “popcorn” ceiling, can be very difficult to paint. The minute you start rolling it, pieces of the texture start falling off.

The key to a successful paint job is to use a slightly thicker nap roller cover, at least 1/2″ thick, and roll a light coat on the ceiling in only one direction. Don’t roll back and forth. Slightly overlap the next row, rolling it in the one direction.

Allow this light coat to dry, then apply a second coat of paint, but roll perpendicular to the first coat. Some flaking of the texture will still occur, but it will be very minimal.

This technique will take a little longer, but it practically guarantees a beautiful paint job overhead without a floor full of popcorn when the job is all done.

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Danny Lipford


Danny Lipford is a home improvement expert and television personality who started his remodeling business, Lipford Construction, at the age of 21 in Mobile, Alabama. He gained national recognition as the host of the nationally syndicated television show, Today's Homeowner with Danny Lipford, which started as a small cable show in Mobile. Danny's expertise in home improvement has also led him to be a contributor to popular magazines and websites and the go-to source for advice on everything related to the home. He has made over 200 national television appearances and served as the home improvement expert for CBS's The Early Show and The Weather Channel for over a decade. Danny is also the founder of 3 Echoes Content Studio, TodaysHomeowner.com, and Checking In With Chelsea, a décor and lifestyle blog.

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