Painting over textured walls: Yay or Nay

Have you been putting off redesigning your home because you have textured walls, and you don’t know how to deal with it?

Painting over textured walls or installing wallpaper over it is not an easy job, but it’s not impossible. You just have to follow some steps to smooth the wall before you start, not to end up with unattractive, bumpy walls.

Transforming textured walls

Skim the walls

First, you have to prep your walls. Having a clean prepped wall can make all the difference, it all depends on your wall condition. You can add a sealer paint layer after preparing your wall, making the following steps easier.  

Use a joint compound to fill in the wall unevenness, and smooth things out. Skimming the wall that way will result in a smooth surface you can easily work with, whether to repaint or to cover it with wallpaper. Use a putty knife to scrape off nail pops and other protrusions

There are a couple of methods used in skimming. You can skim the wall using a diluted compound with pancake consistency, by rolling it on the wall and then using a trowel to even it. Whatever method you choose, try to take your time to get the job done properly. You don’t want any unevenness in the wall that could appear after hanging your new wallpaper.

After properly skimming your wall, let it dry completely before taking any additional steps. The next step would be priming your wall to hang wallpaper.

What if you don’t want to skim your walls? There is an alternative method to smooth up your walls.

Using Lining paper

Lining paper is hanged similarly to wall paper but horizontally. 

Before hanging liner paper, you have to prime your wall so that the adhesive doesn’t react to the wall and damage it. Skipping this step will make it harder to remove liner paper in the future.

Hang the lining paper with the proper paste, you will need a brush, squeegee, razor, putty knife or straight edge, adhesive (if needed) and water.

Important tips for hanging lining paper:

  • Make sure to leave a 1mm gap between lining paper sheets, so it won’t overlap and create a ridge.
  • Cut your sheets longer than the width of the wall and cut the overlapping pieces after applying it to the wall.
  • Give your lining paper time to dry completely before hanging wallpaper over it.

Getting your walls smooth as much as possible, ensures the best results. You can either do it yourself by skimming the wall or hanging lining paper, or you can hire a professional if you don’t have enough time.

But for a budget friendly home owner it’s better to do it yourself, it’s not that hard, only needs some extra time. Make sure to start well prepared, have your tools near and try to get some rest before starting. 

Changing the look of the wall gives your home a fresh look, which can change your mood and the place’s vibe.

The most important thing is to enjoy your home.

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