Great forum here. Looking around I didn't find the exact answer to my question so here it is: My house was built in 1938 and at some point in its history, someone added a "popcorn on steroids" texture to all the ceilings. The walls and ceilings are lath and plaster. The texture looks like stalactites you see in an underground cave. Many of these "stalactites" are 1/2-3/4" deep as they hang from the ceiling. I'm sure there are many coats of paint on it. I see 4 paths to having smooth ceilings again: 1) Scrape off texture (if possible) and re-mud 2) Mud ceilings to fill in gaps and eventually make smooth 3) Sheetrock over texture 4) Sand off texture What do people think? I will be doing the work. I'm not afraid of messy hard work. I just want to make it as "easy" as possible. Thanks.