Top 5 Ways to Cover a Popcorn Ceiling

Popcorn ceilings are a thing of the past. While they rose to popularity between the 1930s and 1990s, popcorn ceilings are now a sign of an old and dated home. While removing popcorn ceilings can be a ton of work and result in a big mess, you also have the option of covering them up. There are numerous ways to cover a popcorn ceiling, from wooden planks to wallpaper to surface mount tiles. Pick the one that works best for your home and transform your ceilings! 

1. Planks and Beams

Wooden planks are charming and rustic, adding personality to any room. While wooden planks are typical on walls, you can also install wood planks over top of your popcorn ceiling. The wood will be a beautiful feature, not just hiding the stucco, but creating a gorgeous visual statement! If you really want to play up the rustic vibe, add in wood or faux wood beams on top of the planks for a beautiful farmhouse look.

2. Surface Mount Ceiling Tiles

Another way to cover up a popcorn ceiling is with surface mount tiles. They’re super easy to install and can be done by one person. Surface mount tiles are super light and are available in a variety of different patterns and colours, so you can choose tiles that work perfectly for your home aesthetic. The tiles come in variations that you can clip up, glue up or nail up, and you can get the project done easily in one day! 


Wallpaper is back and bigger than ever. With gorgeous designs to choose from, you can cover up your existing ceiling with wallpaper. Wallpaper is a bold and creative design choice, allowing your personality to shine through. Make sure to do the prep work recommended on the wallpaper you buy, especially because you may want to take it down at some point and don’t want to be left with mangled ceilings. Match your wallpaper with the colours in the room so everything blends well together. 

4. Drywall

Drywall is the most laborious of them all, but if you’re willing to put in the work (or hire someone to do it), installing drywall is a great option to cover up popcorn ceilings. While it will take some heavy lifting, time and messiness, it will also save time and money in the long run. Once you’ve installed, primed and painted your new ceiling, it will be maintenance-free for many years, so all the hard work right now will be worth it!

5. Tongue and Groove Panels

Installing tongue and groove boards is a fast and inexpensive way to panel and cover up your ceiling. They offer a gorgeous shiplap look that will give any room a dose of character. It’s a stylish way to update your home, and its authentic wood look creates a decorative focal point that draws the eye. Whether your decor style is rustic, traditional, modern or eclectic, tongue and groove panels can work for you!

If you want to get rid of your popcorn ceilings, use one of these ideas to cover them up without the mess!