Saturday, July 05, 2008

I Hate Popcorn Ceilings

This long weekend, rather grilling up some food, having a cool drink and relaxing in the warm sun, we are painting. In the 70s and 80s, builders would spray 'popcorn' on the ceilings of homes. They justified it to sellers by feeding them a line of bull about better sound insulation or better appearance. The real reason for the 'popcorn' it turns out is because its cheap and if a builder does have to pay some guy to texture and paint every ceiling, it can save them some serious money. The 'popcorn' unfortunately does nothing for sound insulation (though there might still be those today who claim it does) and it really is pretty darn ugly, especially as it gets dirty over time. To top it off in the early 70s builders also used asbestos in these ceilings making their removal now laborious. Thankfully, our home was built late enough in the 70s that there was no asbestos.

We initially hired a guy to scrape the popcorn from all the bedrooms and hallways and then eventually just decided to do it all. So now we have an entire house with bare ceilings that need paint. This weekend is the living rooms and master bedroom (these were first due to those fun vaulted ceilings that go up to about 18ft), followed by the rest of the house next weekend.

Painting the ceiling is hardwood, but at I least I didn't have to scrape that junk off. By the way if you are looking for a good contractor in the San Jose area to either remove popcorn or do drywall work, check out Drywall Excellence, drop me a line if you want contact information.

Technical Specs: Canon 5D, 15mm Fisheye, f/5.6, 1/160s, ISO 640.
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