Fixing a hole in textured ceiling

Old 12-03-11, 07:04 PM
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Fixing a hole in textured ceiling

Howdy all,

Crossing my fingers that someone can help. We're about to move apartments and the new place has a rather unsightly ceiling. It's hard to describe exactly but it's looks like a textured wallpaper almost. There are no noticeable joins though and the pattern/texture isn't uniform. I can't tell if the method used to get this effect was indeed some kind of wallpaper, or if it's more similar to a 'popcorn' method.

We can't really tear it all down as it's not our house and, if I'm honest, that's way too much effort for somewhere that I don't own. But I would like to repair this small 'hole' to make it look tidy. I just have no idea how to do this. When you look at the hole/tear it's about 10cm in diameter, but you can see that there is a gap between the textured area and the ceiling under it. Almost as if I could pull away at the edges of the hole and the rest of the ceiling would come crumbling down too.

Does anyone have any idea of a) what kind of method was used to do this and b) how to repair a small area?

I probably did a really bad job of describing this so please ask if you need more details. I don't think it's a popcorn ceiling as such as the texture seems 'larger' and it doesn't seem to be fixed to the ceiling underneath in the same way.

Thanks very much,
Cheers, Ori
Old 12-04-11, 04:52 AM
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Welcome to the forums Ori!

A pic or two would help us to identify your ceiling texture -

With the exception of popcorn, most textures can be duplicated with joint compound.
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10cm (almost 4") is a pretty big hole. Is it open space behind the hole or is there wood or masonry?

If it is open you will need to bridge the gap with something like wood, wall board or fiberglass patch tape. Then the surface can be skimmed with patching compound. Matching the texture and color of the ceiling is where you will have to get creative. You may have to press cloth into wet patch to create a texture or create the texture by carving or scratching the patch. Then mix paint to match the color of the remaining ceiling.
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How old is the house? If it is plaster walls and ceilings then you may have wallpaper on the ceiling and someone painted over it. If that is the case then you don't have much of a choice. Why isn't your landlord taking care of this anyway? I would patch the hole and forget about it. Another option is to patch the hole then skim the entire ceiling smooth. Good luck
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If you're not the owner, this should not be your problem.

What does your landlord say about this?

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