Yep, I had to try it. I am in the middle of a powder room makeover so this small 4 x 5' ceiling was the perfect guinea pig for me to remove the disgusting textured ceiling. It was a royal mess but not difficult at all. The smartest thing I did was cover the floor and drape a disposable dropcloth over the toilet and vanity.
I just took a spray bottle filled with water and sprayed a small area, waited about 5 mins. and started scraping.
Drippy blobs of wet joint compound rained down on me, the walls and floor. I can't imagine doing a large room. I think I'd hire professionals next time.
These are the gouges I made in the ceiling drywall! Live and learn- I will have a softer touch next time. Wait, there will be no next time!
Then I had to patch the dings I made in the drywall and after that dried I skim coated the entire ceiling with joint compound.
After sanding several coats of drywall, priming and painting it it looks fantastic! The best part was pulling up the floor paper and dropcloths and throwing it all away. No mess left behind.
I am happy with the ceiling now and ready to tackle the rest of the project! Just like our mantra, we like to try it all ourselves and experiment in our own homes so we know the process and how to advise clients on dealing with this type of ceiling.
Wallpaper post tomorrow!