How to Cover Up a Stipple Ceiling

Updated February 21, 2017

A stippled ceiling may not match your interior design vision, and can be disguised following a few paint and faux finish tricks. The ceiling often is difficult to completely remove because heavy sanding and skimming of the wall is required. The stippled texture is often created using joint compound and a bristle brush stamped into the surface.

Carry all furniture and accessories out of the room, or push against the perimeter of the wall. Ensure you have enough working space directly under the ceiling to reach all areas. Place dust sheets on the floor or lay out plastic tarps. Set up your ladder or scaffolding to test that you can reach all areas.

Place painter's tape along the edge or border of any surfaces touching the ceiling. Rub the painter's tape well to ensure it is strongly adhering to the surface.

Wipe down the ceiling with a soft rag to remove dust. Use a small amount of water and all-purpose spray cleaner if any areas are hard to to clean or stains are stubborn.

Take a drywall trowel and add a large amount of joint compound onto the tool's blade. Swipe the blade across the surface to smooth and skim the ceiling. Hold the edge of the tool against the ceiling surface. Apply the joint compound to the entire ceiling and let dry for about 24 hours.

Sand the entire ceiling with medium grit sand paper attached to a sanding pole. Repeat the plaster technique, allowing to dry one day between each layer. Use the drywall trowel to skim a smooth texture onto the wall or to add additional heavy texture.

Paint the entire ceiling with flat latex paint when you are finished adding your plaster layers. Flat paint decreases light glare and does not show reflection.


Cover you nose and mouth with dust mask when sanding your ceiling. Always wear protective eye to avoid dust falling into your eyes. When working on a ceiling, always take breaks throughout the project to avoid neck pain.

Things You'll Need

  • Dust sheets
  • Plastic tarps
  • Ladder
  • Scaffolding
  • Painter's tape
  • Soft rag
  • All-purpose cleaner
  • Drywall trowel
  • Joint compound
  • Medium grit sandpaper
  • Sanding pole
  • Flat latex paint
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Julie Hampton has worked as a professional freelance writer since 1999 for various newspapers and websites including "The Florida Sun" and "Pensacola News Journal." She served in the U.S. Army as a combat medic and nurse for over six years and recently worked as the Community Relations Director for a health center. Hampton studied journalism and communications at the University of West Florida.