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Drywall and Plaster

Knowing how your interior walls are constructed and what they are made of can help you take better care of your home, as well as provide effective maintenance. You can make small repairs yourself, but the more extensive the job the more likely you'll need a drywall repair contractor to make the wall smooth again.

drywall contractor finishing a smooth ceiling

Are those small Styrofoam balls on your ceiling bugging you? A popcorn ceiling removal project is the answer. You can remove popcorn ceilings yourself, or hire a drywall pro.

An Angie’s List member used the SnapFix app to submit a request for drywall repair. (Photo courtesy of Patricia Glenn of Chicago)

The Angie’s List SnapFix app allows members to easily use their smartphone to schedule work. Read how this customer used the app to fix a drywall problem.

Angie's List member Melinda Gordon of Chicago used the SnapFix app to hire a contractor after she had a pipe leak in her laundry room. (Photo courtesy of Melinda Gordon)

A homeowner needed painting and drywall repair after a pipe burst in her ceiling. She used the Angie’s List SnapFix app to find service without the hassle.

Drywaller smoothing a textured ceiling
Drywall, Asbestos Removal

Dear Angie: Who can I hire to remove a popcorn ceiling? How is it done and what will it cost? — Jonathan H. of Woodland Hills, California, and Marcia E. of Altamonte Springs, Florida

Angie's Answers

My sister-in-law uses brite white toothpaste and rubs it into those small holes. No prep, no sanding.

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. 


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.


Drywall Contractors in Shawnee, OK

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A Robert Crump Company

13376 NE 173rd Rd
Red Oak

A-1 Contracting Services

620 Allison St.

All Pro Roofing & Remodeling Inc.

7210 N Broadway Ext
Oklahoma City

American Home Shield

889 Ridge Lake Blvd

Bonds Construction

18901 Lewis Rd


2465 CR 1197

Colson Custom Construction

1024 N.3rd Ave.

DB Drywall




French Construction

510 S Spurgeon

Grand Lake Construction

31199 Crace Ct

Great Plains Contracting

22736 N. 2860 Rd

Handyman Hurley LLC

32 Bella Vista Lane

Hard Kor Construction

Rt 1 Box 35

He and I Construction, Inc.


Herron Drywall

301 W Hartford
Ponca City

HMH Construction

4219 Acorn Rd

I DO Home Improvement

521 S Walnut Ave


Oklahoma City

Jenkins Restorations

7801 N. Robinson Avenue, Suite D3
Oklahoma City


Elk City

Lakeside Services

P.O. Box 27
Fort Towson

M&M Drywall and Construction

2609 West Cherokee

M.T.S. Elite Decorative Concrete LLC

2204 N Tucker Ave

MR Construction

5574 N. 214th St. W.

Nobert's Construction

1401 N Market Ave

Oklahoma Build It, LLC

950358 S 3380 Rd

Oklahoma Builders

712 N. 2nd

Pischedda Construction

1503 Hardwood Grove


9789 S. 445
Locust Grove

Roofscapes Exteriors LLC

15010 S Grant St

RT Home Maintenance

5306 W. Cherokee


35906 E WEST 124TH

The Artisan Touch

19692 Juanita Lane

TR Construction

PO Box 37
S Coffeyville


1304 Manchester Dr

Xcel Cs LLC

425 S Fillmore St

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