How can I make a rough stucco ceiling smooth?

So, you've tired of your stucco ceiling and have decided to give the ceiling a new look by painting it. Not only do you want a new color, you also want a smooth surface. You want to remove the stucco but don't know how to do it.  This is not the challenge it may seem to be.

Your first task is to scrape away the existing stucco. You can do this with a joint knife or a wide putty knife. To make the job easier, lightly moisten the stucco with a spray bottle. When you have scraped away all the stucco, lightly sand the surface.