How to Repair and Refinish Textured Ceiling

Textured ceilings, or popcorn ceilings, are a cheap and easy way to finish your ceilings.

These type ceilings are easy to stain, especially in areas near bathrooms, kitchens and laundry areas where you have running water. Water damage can cause the ceiling to become discolored, unsightly and even fall. The average homeowner can repair these types of ceilings as long as you have the right tools. Repairing the damage yourself can prevent costly repair bills.

Place sheets or a tarp on furniture and floors that are under the area to be repaired.

Spray the ceiling with a water bottle in the area of the damage. This will make removal easier and prevent dust from getting everywhere.

Scrape away all sections of the ceiling that have been damaged. Scrape in one direction and be careful not to scrape to hard or you could damage the ceiling or cause too much of the textured area to fall.

Paint the area with primer. This will help the texture adhere to the ceiling.

Test your texture by adding a small amount of paint and painting it on a piece of cardboard, paper or leftover wood. Compare the look to that of your ceiling to see if it matches. Either add more paint or more texture until you get the correct consistency.

Apply the texture to the ceiling using a roller. Spread it evenly over the patch area and an additional 6 inches into the existing texture to create a seamless patch. Use a paintbrush for hard to reach areas.

Allow the paint to dry overnight and check the patch. Apply an additional coat of paint if necessary.

Things You Will Need

  • Sheet or tarp
  • Water bottle
  • Scraper or putty knife
  • Primer
  • Paintbrush
  • Paint
  • Cardboard, paper or leftover wood
  • Paint tray
  • Roller
  • Facemask


  • Wear a facemask when you are scraping the ceiling to prevent inhaling any of the texture.

About the Author

Based in Atlanta, Melody Dawn has been writing business articles and blogs since 2004. Her work has appeared in the "Gainesville Times," "Player's Press" and "USA Today." She is also skilled in writing product descriptions and marketing materials. Dawn holds a Master of Business from Brenau University.