3 Options For Dealing With Textured Walls And Ceilings

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If you recently purchased an older home that contains textured walls and ceilings, you might wonder what you can do to them to make them look nicer. The good news is that you can paint over textured walls to change their appearance, but that is not your only option. You could also remove the texture from the walls and ceiling, or you could cover them with various types of wall boards. Here are the options you have and tips to help you obtain a new look.

Repaint The Walls

Repainting the walls is one option you have, but this option is not always easy and fast. When there is texture on the walls, you will need to take extra steps and use the right equipment to accomplish the job. The first thing to understand is that you should prime the walls before painting them.

Priming the walls will help you cover the walls before you paint, and this will help you achieve an even appearance when you paint them. As you prepare for this, there are three important things to know:

  1. You must use a thick pile roller – A thick pile roller will help you get paint in every small crevice of the walls, and this is not something you can skimp on.
  2. You should use a "W" motion – Instead of painting up and down like normal, you will be better off painting in a "W" motion. This will help you cover the walls completely with the primer and paint you are using.
  3. You will need a lot of paint – Finally, you should make sure you load up the roller with paint. You will need a lot of paint to cover the walls, and a good, thick coat of primer will be necessary.

Painting the walls is one option, but if you really do not like the textured look at all, you might want to remove the texture before you paint.

Remove The Texture

Removing the texture from the walls is not an easy task, but it is possible. To do this, you will need to gather some supplies before you start, including:

  • Plastic drop cloths
  • Spray bottles of water
  • Putty knife or other type of scraping tool

Once you have these supplies, you can begin removing the texture. Texture tends to come off easier if you wet it first, and you can use a spray bottle of water to do this. Before you begin this, you should place the drop cloths on the floor. These cloths will help you protect your furniture and belongings, and they will catch most of the debris that falls off the walls and ceilings.

Spray water over a small section of the ceiling and wait for a minute or two. Once the water has penetrated in the wall, you should be able to scrape the texture off with your putty knife. If it will not come off easily, spray more water on it. You will need to continue this process until all the texture is gone.

Cover The Walls

If you do not like either of the first two options, there is a third option. The third option involves covering the walls, and you can use any type of wall paneling for this. With this option, you will not have to worry about doing anything to the walls. The wall paneling can simply be placed directly over the walls, and it will cover up the texture and imperfections on your walls.

Getting rid of or changing textured walls can take time and effort. If you cannot complete the job yourself, you could always hire a painting service to do the job for you. They can complete any of these options in your home, and you can call a painting company today for a quote.


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