How to Repair a Hole in a Textured Popcorn Ceiling

We recently painted our textured popcorn ceiling but forgot to remove a hook for a hanging plant. How can I remove it and repair the hole without having to repaint the entire ceiling? -Sonia

Hi Sonia,

Patching a spot on a textured popcorn ceiling is not as difficult as you might imagine. Here’s how to go about it:

  1. Remove the hook from the ceiling and fill the hole with drywall joint compound.
  2. Once the joint compound has dried, apply popcorn ceiling repair spray (available to home centers) to the spot to match the existing ceiling texture.
  3. After the repair spray is dry, dab a coat of your ceiling paint on the spot.

Good luck with your project,


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  • Joe Says:
    August 3rd, 2017 at 6:08 am

    How do you tape the repair panel in the repair with non damaged texture next to it.
    Scraping it off if painted is next to impossible.

  • ken Says:
    June 29th, 2016 at 5:26 pm

    Too bad you omitted mentioning the numerous variations of texture and that it is NOT as simple as you indicated.

  • marlette Says:
    December 18th, 2014 at 12:16 pm

    how long do I wait before reentering apartment after popcorn ceiling repair. Repair cite is aprox. 5’x5′

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    Ben Erickson Says:
    March 11th, 2014 at 1:39 pm

    If the hook was screwed through the drywall into a ceiling joist, try putting a little glue on a golf tee, driving it into the hole, let it dry, then screw the hook into it. If it wasn’t screwed into a ceiling joist, it should be, or you can try using a toggle or molly bolt to hold it in place.

  • Laurie Says:
    February 25th, 2014 at 4:59 pm

    I pulled out a plant hook from living room ceiling to paint, when I went to replace hook after painting, the hook will no longer stay screwed in the hole, hole to loose. What can I do or use to tighten up the hole to hold the screw again?

  • carole clarke Says:
    July 10th, 2013 at 11:59 am

    my walls in living room hve textured wall covering there is tear or rip in the middle of the wall about a foot or longer. is ther some kind of needle appratus that would hold glue in order to repair this rip. or can you recommend how i should go about repairing this rip. your help in this matter would be apprecited. thanking you in advance.

  • Joe Says:
    October 2nd, 2012 at 7:48 pm

    How long does it take the joint compound to dry?

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How to Repair a Hole in a Textured Popcorn Ceiling