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Either apply a skim coat (or 2 or 3) where you smooth the entire surface... Tedious but it will work - use the widest blade you can and do each coat perpendicular to the last. or... add a new layer of 1/8" drywall over the existing and mud/tape the seams.
I definitely agree that painting with a brush and no tape is the way to go. To add some variety, however, I'll suggest another option: Crown Moulding. And by that, I don't mean you need to go out and get the 8" angled stuff with the fancy profile. Even a 2" trim board nailed flat on the wall butt-up to the ceiling can really add a little bit of detail to a ...
Priming then painting: The texture is water based, so you need to prime first with oil or shellac based primer. This will seal the texture and "waterproof" it. Use plenty of ventilation and possibly an organic respirator. Once primed, any paint can be used (make sure the full drying interval is used). Removing: will work before any painting. Put down ...
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