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My sister-in-law uses brite white toothpaste and rubs it into those small holes. No prep, no sanding.
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I've used wall liner (it applies like wallpaper only thicker) to cover a multitude of "wall sins" over the years. In my opinion it's the greatest thing since sliced bread. It doesn't look cheap or tacky, it's inexpensive, non-labor intensive and not messy to install.

I used it for the first time about 15 years ago to cover a faux brick tile on my lower kitchen walls that couldn't be removed. It was either tear the wall down or take a chance on $40 worth of wall liner. It did the job beautifully and lasted. Since then I've used it to cover paneling, a badly gouged wall after a kitchen remodel and a wall that looked like a pegboard after floor to ceiling shelving was removed.

Friends and family (and realtors!) have been amazed by the transformation after applying this simple inexpensive product. 

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Remember, you not only have to remove the popcorn texture, but also redo the ceiling in some other texture.

Price will depend on several factors:

1) how much the contractor you choose hates removing popcorn or textured ceilings - some charge $1 or so/SF extra just because they hate it. There are even some who bid total drywall replacement cheaper than removing the popcorn, so you have to first find contractors who are happy to do that work, or your prices will be out of the realistic range

2) if the popcorn predates about 1990, then it could likely have asbestos in it, which doubles or triples the price, and in many cases uncapsulating it with a spray coating and then removing the drywall entirely is actually cheaper than all the protective measures necessary if it is scraped off. 

3) whether the popcorn is primarily gypsum and vermiculite (comes off REAL easy) or was the plaster of paris variety, which takes a fair amount of soaking to soften it enough to scrape off

4) what type of finish you are replacing it with - if a textured ceiling, slapcoat, knockdown finish or paneling, not real problem. If you want to go with a perfectly smooth ceiling (generally a bad idea as any variations in the drywall on a ceiling surface really shows up dramatically), then it will demand a lot of care in preparing the scraped surface, and a complete surface drywall compound skim coat to smooth out the scrapes and gouges from the removal process.

5) what underlying conditions are - if there is a lot of furniture to move around (should go to adjacent rooms) or cover and work around, high-quality rug or hardwood floor to super-protect or such, will drive cost up.

I have seen costs run from as low as $0.60/SF to $1.25/SF (for removal only). Generally, remove and recoat with a surface texture of some kind (anything but smooth) and paint will run you about $2.50-3.50/SF.

Now the bad news - if asbestos containing, can run from $5-10/SF. Many homeowners in that situation go the other legal route - have it encapsulated with an asbestos-rated sealant by an asbestos contractor, then paint it and leave it for the next homeowner to decide what to do about it. Some contractors encapsulate it and then put a 1/4" thick drywall layer over it - this usually looks like a disaster unless it has a VERY rough textured finish on it, because putting drywall sheet over a rough surface like popcorn invariably means a wavy surface commonly looks like a gently rolling ocean surface.

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Drywall Contractors in Galesburg, IL

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A FISCHER BUILDERS INC

814 OHIO ST
Quincy

A Lizards Pro Painters

205 Dickson St
Sidell

All-Pro Home Improvement

97 Marion Street
Walnut Hill

American Home Shield

889 Ridge Lake Blvd

Anything Exterior, Inc

17919 Grandview Dr
Sterling

Billy the kid & Son

401 E 1st. St.
Pana

Blankenship Custom Remodeling

201 W. Main St.
Yates City

BOND CONSTRUCTION CO

396 Knox Road 2000N
Galesburg

Bonn Builders Inc.

2625 W Butterfield Ave
Oak Brook

BUILDERS SALES & SVC

202 34TH ST
Moline

C N Home Improvement Inc

2000 Grand Ave
Galesburg

Caleb's Contracting

26 East 22nd Place

Crossroads Builder

1900 S Banker
Effingham

Custom Construction & Remodeling

475 E Court Street - Suite 83
Kankakee

Dave's Contracting & Cleaning Inc

All over Illinios
Plainfield

Dexter Clayton Construction

3394 E 50 Rd
Sigel

Don Greer Construction

411 S Broad Street
Lacon

DREYER PAINTING

11648 E STOCKTON RD
Stockton

E and J Services

21828 Dove Lane
Carlyle

First Choice General Contracting

701 west cherry street
Herrin

Hagerman Construction

131 S Reed St
Sheffield

Hillery Construction

702 Day St
Galesburg

Hollister Home Center

4007 West Jackson St
Macomb

Illiana Insulation Inc

PO Box 300
Cissna Park

J & R Remodeling and Construction

215 W 16th St
Metropolis

J YODER CONSTRUCTION

405 N. Pine St
Williamsville

JATES CONSTRUCTION INC.

1830 GRANDVIEW PL.
Montgomery

Jep's Decorating

1084 Bateman St
Galesburg

Johnson Construction and Coating

741 W Fitzhenry Ct
Glenwood

Kitchens & More INC.

1909 N. Kickapoo St.
Lincoln

LA Shephard Construction

2403 South Grand Avenue East
Springfield

Locke's Roofing And Siding Inc

102 west main st
Knoxville

Martyscustomcleaning

1355 W Estes
Chicago

MC Artwork

Coal Valley

Midwest Drywall & Painting

206 W. Webster Street Apt1
Apple River

Mike Coady Inc. Roofing And Gutters

5606 Williamsville Rd
Sherman

natures view G.C

2515 E 1704 rd
Ottawa

Pride Decorating

4444 E 14th Rd
Earlville

Rail City Home Improvement

215 W Ferris St
Galesburg

Reeders Remodeling

121 S 17th
Herrin

Rice Painting

1303 Park Dr
Montgomery

Robinson Roofing & Sheet Metal Inc

667 E Lasalle Street
Somonauk

Rock Solid Construction

1055 S Chambers St
Galesburg

Smith Brothers

22nd ohio
Quincy

Soldier Concrete/Construction

1304 South 4th street
Greenville

Solutions Contracting

1173 BAinbridge St
Barry

Steve's Home Improvement and Maintenance

711 South 21st Street
Murphysboro

Strait-Line Companies

1061 Paradise Acres

T W Builders

1055 S. Chambers St
Galesburg

TW Builders

383 Knox Rd 50 E.
Abington

W & W Services Co LLC

32766 Waverly St

WEBSTER CONSTRUCTION

90 Circle Drive
Galesburg

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