How to patch popcorn ceilings with repair spray purchased on clearance because it was missing critical pieces OR Pinterest house, day 10

So uh, here’s a blog post you won’t read anywhere else. Let’s start with a quick back story.

Remember that one time somebody gave me a gallon of ceiling paint? And then I painted my ceiling? But I used a cheap roller and destroyed part of it?

Yeah, me neither.

Anyway. Part of the ceiling had water damage and REALLY pulled the popcorn finish down, and other places it was simply the result of a crappy roller. There was another skimpy area that I can only speculate as to why it was missing popcorn. So I went to Pinterest (duh) and looked at ways to repair the popcorn.

There is a tub and a vertical aerosol spray. My to-do list on Sunday included buying more ceiling paint and hunting down this spray because Caitlin is my name and efficiency is my game.

I hopped over to Sherwin-Williams to buy the same ceiling paint I was given (and paid $28 lololol that sucker’s going back today. Whaddup $12 Walmart paint?!) and stumbled upon a can of this repair spray ON CLEARANCE.

Let me rephrase what I stated earlier: Caitlin is my name and being super cheap is my game. It was $1. ONE DOLLAR.

The guy at the counter warned me. “It’s on clearance because it’s missing the extender tubes. Ya know how WD-40 has those? This usually does too.”

“No big,” says I. “The spot I need to patch is really small. I’ll figure it out.”

Fast forward to Monday night. I worked 12 hours and was grumpy as all get out because the time crunch was getting to me. The ceiling patch has to dry 24 hours before you can paint it. I need to finish painting the ceiling before I put the second coat on the bedroom walls. I need to paint to walls before I pull up the carpet and put down the vinyl.

So basically I had to go spray this dumb ceiling or I was gonna have a meltdown.

I got right to work following the can’s directions and also tips from the Internet.

Shook the can as I walked around the house cleaning and gathering supplies and stuck it in a cup of warm water while I prepped the ceiling.

I scraped off the areas that were falling apart to give myself a clean area to patch and hung up contractor’s paper. The tip I found online said to use push pins to hang a drop cloth. My drop cloth currently lives under a 5-gallon bucket of primer, so I opted for the paper. Again, they’re small areas, so I figured it would be fine.

Side note: If ever you tackle this project and you’re not planning on replacing whatever floor is under the area — cover it.

Here’s the deal. Those straws would have been a huge help. My instructions said to spray 12-18” away from the ceiling. My protective paper was not even that long. So I just sprayed the crap out of it.

And it went on real thick.

And it dripped. A lot.

As in on my head when I walked under it. Lesson learned.

used push pins to secure this to the ceiling in a futile attempt to protect my beautiful blue walls

used push pins to secure this to the ceiling in a futile attempt to protect my beautiful blue walls

I think the straws would have helped a lot. And not Wendy’s kids meal straws — I tried that. Stalactites were forming from where I stayed in one spot too long, which is kind of amazing considering that junk sprays EVERYWHERE.

This is one of my better spots. It's not as close to the wall, so I was able to stand farther away — like the can recommends.

This is one of my better spots. It’s not as close to the wall, so I was able to stand farther away — like the can recommends.

Anywho. I took a damp paper towel and dabbed up the extra, and when I left, it seemed to be blending in pretty well. Either way, it’ll be much less noticeable than the bare naked areas were before.

The dark area is the freshly-patched spot. You can see what I mean about it being thick — and this was after I dabbed it up a bit.

The dark area is the freshly-patched spot. You can see what I mean about it being thick — and this was after I dabbed it up a bit.

I did get a few spots on my freshly-painted walls :( If you’re quick, it wipes off with a damp washcloth, no problem. If you’re not quick, it wipes off and takes the paint with it.

Bonus! The spray is also a human popcorn repair kit! This stuff actually washes off skin very easily.

Bonus! The spray is also a human popcorn repair kit! This stuff actually washes off skin very easily.

Budget breakdown:

Homax popcorn ceiling repair spray: $1 (normally $10-13 from what I saw)

Contractor paper: Already had (Drop cloths are $1 at Dollar Tree) but probably $8 for the thin stuff

Thumb tacks: taken from my desk at work

Time: maybe 30 minutes from prep to cleanup. I was home by midnight, just as any princess should be.

Lessons learned:

Do not wear your favorite shirt for this activity. Protect walls and floors, and probably your eyes.

Do not spray directly overhead, as it will just come right back atcha. Point snozzle away from body.

I’ll head back to the house tonight and paint over it, so if it looks jank, I promise to let you know.

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