Cost to replace plaster ceiling and walls with drywall?

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Posted by: from Toronto
8/8/2014 at 11:55:40 AM


The ceiling in my dining room (approx 130 sq ft), had to be cut into to get at some pipes. It's an old house and it's a popcorn ceiling so we want to take it down and replace with drywall rather than patch/repair it. The popcorn continues about a third of the way down the walls until it hits a picture rail.

Roughly, what should it cost to remove the ceiling and walls and replace with drywall?

Would it make a big difference in cost and difficulty to replace the walls completely, rather just to the point where the popcorn ends?

Thank you,


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Date/Time8/8/2014 at 1:07:46 PM

It depends on what looks better? My experience in this application would be to replace walls as well, popcorn is a very difficult match. You would see the seam and I don't believe you would like it.

In terms of cost you would be looking around $5000.00 and up depending on paint and primer and variables.



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Jon in Toronto
Date/Time8/11/2014 at 2:45:31 PM

Thanks for the info Jeff.

I can see why many opt to put a drywall ceiling under the plaster instead.

In my case, I have a picture rail dividing the wall, so it might look alright if we drywalled over the ceiling and maybe scraped off the popcorn above the picture rail. How much would that drop down the price? And is there a reason I'm missing that makes it a bad idea?

Thanks a lot.

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Josh from Welch's Drywall in Portland
Date/Time8/14/2014 at 4:19:47 PM

Hi Jon!

I guess the first question would be, do you want the pop corn affect still on the repaired areas or do you want nice new flat white ceilings and walls? Reason being is you can repair any drywall in those areas anyway because popcorn covers up multiple defects so it's easy to repair and repopcorn all areas. If you want all new ceilings and walls with a finished painted surface it's better to remove all old drywall and put on new to get a nice look. To just repair areas in the walls and ceilings we call that a bandaid in the trade. I really don't know the measurements of you room so at 130 sq ft on the ceiling, we will guestimate these sizes for easy math. 12' x 11'. In saying that, that would be approx 11 sheets of drywall 4 x 12 x 1/2 = 528 sq ft. After you the home owner does demo on walls and ceilngs in that room, to supply,install,tape and sand drywall ready for paint would be about $1.60/sq ft x 528 ft = $850.00 plus taxes

Hopefully this helped

With Thanks! Josh & Dale

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