Friday, February 26, 2010

BHG Editor Tackles Her Own Home -- And Its Popcorn Ceilings!

Amy Panos, an editor at Better Homes & Garden magazine, redid her 1970s suburban home about a year or so ago. 

Here's a look into dining area as it is today:
A fresh, hip cottage look.

After a very pregnant Amy climbed into my Jeep SUV -- well after conquering her own reno challenges -- to go scout homes for BHG with me, I immediately wanted to talk ceilings. I knew her home once featured popcorn ceilings. What did she do to "fix" the problem?

Bumpy, dirty popcorn ceiling

In case you've been spared (I grew up in a house with them), let me explain.  These ceilings seized the American residential scene back in the 1950s and up until the early 1980s.  It was a quick and cheap way.  And now, most people want  them gone, gone, gone! Amy certainly did. However, the problem isn't always so easy to remedy. Usually, it involves some messy and time-consuming scraping. Plus, if the ceilings were sprayed with this icky stuff prior to 1978, then that means they might contain asbestos (possible cancer-causing agents). In the case of the latter, experts say it might be best to leave them alone. You can read more about that here , a link that offers guidance on how to tell if you have asbestos in your "popcorn."  Happily, there are options: 

Amy's beaded board ceiling.

Rather than deal with the mess, Amy chose to put 7-foot beaded board planks directly over the textured original.  Great look -- and a solution ($3 a square foot) that doesn't break the bank.  It sounds like all you need to do is to find trusses or ceiling joists where you can nail or screw in the planks. Perhaps you could use some kind of adhesive to help with the hold?  I bet someone at Lowes or Home Depot could say....  What do you think?  Isn't it a good idea for even those ceilings -- sans popcorn -- that might need added personality?

This is the Before shot of Amy's room. The beaded board certainly adds character, don't you think?

Her window seat in the dining area.

If you'd like to read and see more, go here to BGH to read "A Blah to Beautiful Living Room Makeover." All photos above are from Better Homes and Garden magazine. (p.s. Amy had a girl, who now enjoys two brothers.)

23 Responses to “BHG Editor Tackles Her Own Home -- And Its Popcorn Ceilings!”

Oh it looks great! I love the idea of beadboard ceiling!

Just another projects to add to my list!

Nikki said...

I love the beadboard on the ceiling! Against my wish (for health reasons), my Husband scraped our ceilings while I was out of town once. He wore a mask, but our dog didn't. I will blame him forever if our dog dies from cancer.

Oh no, Susan. I've seen this very article and tried unsuccessfully (for 2 years) to talk my husband into doing this to our house. The man refuses to work over his head! So what the rooms I want to panel are vaulted to 13 ft! I sure wish he wasn't such a baby. ;) Just yesterday, I swear, I let go of my panels over popcorn dream and gave in to his willingness to hire a "popcorn remover". So at least I'll get smooth ceilings. Better than nothing, but still... that's such a great look and a really smart way to get it.

Maaaaan! We have popcorn everywhere....and, yes, pre 78!

I wanted to start scraping room by room. Dayum...need to come up with a new plan, Stan.

Karena said...

Love it! a great solution, oh and I have seen many of these ceilings in the past!! Well done!


s. you know me and my dislike for blue... but I have to say, I am loving this! And the ceilings are wonderful, I do not have the popcorn, but I would still like to cover my somewhat texture, great tip! Thanks

Tootsie said...

I wish I didn't have those awful seems that when that phase came stuck and was popular!!! the bead board is fantastic!!!

Hello Susan!
Thanks for stopping by my blog- I dropped a note at your cottage re-do post- looks amazing! And I just love the editor's BHG redo! Fabulous paint colour- love that blue & green together!



Debbie said...

So fresh and hip, I love the look and the colors!

chanteusevca said...

What an amazing transformation and I love what she did to get rid of her popcorn ceilings. I'm ready to get rid of ours too and make many other changes so I can love where I live!

You live in a beautiful environment! That will be a celebration every day! Holland is a very flat country with some hills here and there.

Thanks for your lovely comment on my blog!

Have a nice sunday!

Wow what a great reno. The results are fabulous!

Linda said...

Luv her new beadboard ceilings...maybe I will do that one day!


Maria Killam said...

Wow that is so beautiful! She did such a great job! Thanks for showing us the before and after!

Mélanie said...

Thank you for passing by and leaving a kind comment. I love the beadboard ceiling...

Emily A. Clark said...

This is an excellent idea! Definitely filing it away.

Just found your blog; so glad :)

OK girl, You MUST visit my blog and tell me what your (your friend's is lovely too, but not quite what I'm looking for) kitchen paint color is. I LOVE IT! pRETTY PLEASE?

Too funny, I just saw your comment on my blog. Thank you, you are too sweet! And I will stay away from the, ahem, paint company. LOL.

We just recently had the popcorn scraped off all the ceilings downstairs in our home. We still need to tackle the upstairs ceilings. It's an easy job..just very messy!

annechovie said...

Thats an ingenious idea for a pesky problem! Thank God I don't have those anymore. Have a great weekend.

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