Textured walls can look great in many homes, but they can also be a nuisance to a person that is tired of the textured look. If you can relate, it might be time for you to make some changes to your walls. Painting them a new color is one way to do this, and adding a fresh, new color of paint can often do the trick. If this is not enough for you though, there are other ways you can change the walls in your home.
Tips For Painting Textured Walls
If you want to try repainting your textured walls, you will need to start by selecting a color. You should also plan on repainting the ceiling in the room at this time too, so decide if you want to use the same or different colors for the walls and the ceiling.
Your first step should be to prime the walls, and this is important no matter what color your walls are. Priming the walls will help you fill in all the looks crooks and crevices in the texture. As you prime the walls, it is also important to use a deep pile roller, which is a very thick type you can purchase at any painting store. The thick pile on it will help fill in all the small crevices while you paint.
The next step is to paint the ceiling. As you do this, paint the top few inches of the walls as well with the ceiling paint you are using. This will help you later on when you paint the walls the color you have selected.
After the ceiling is completely painted and dry, apply painter's tape to the ceiling all along the areas where the walls and ceiling meet. By doing this, you will avoid getting your wall paint on the ceiling, and this will help you cut a straight paint line on the top of your walls. The next step may seem unusual; however, it is a great way to make sure the paint line is straight on the top of the walls. This step involves taking the ceiling paint and painting the top few inches of the walls. By doing this, you will fill in all the crevices where your walls meet the ceiling. By the time you start painting these areas of your walls, the wall paint will not seep underneath the tape, and you will end up with straight edges of paint.
Once this is complete and dry, you can paint all of your walls with the regular wall paint. As soon as you paint the top parts of the walls, remove the painter's tape. Painter's tape generally comes off slightly easier if you peel it while the paint on it is still relatively wet.
Other Options To Choose
If this seems like too much work, or if you are extremely tired of the textured look, here are two other options you could choose to change the way the walls look:
Scrape Off The Texture
Getting rid of the texture is possible; however, it can be a very tedious and time-consuming job. The best way to do this is to grab a spray bottle of water and a scraping tool. You can then spray water on the wall to loosen the texture, and you can use the scraper to remove it. This will leave a huge mess in your house and may take a long time, but you will end up with texture-free walls.
Cover The Walls
The other option you have is to purchase wall paneling to place directly over the textured walls. This option is a lot easier than scraping the texture off the walls, but it can also be more expensive depending on the type of paneling you purchase.
Another option you have is to hire an interior painting service to do the work. They can help you achieve a different and nicer look in your home with these methods, or they might be able to offer other suggestions. If you would like to learn more, contact a contractor that offers interior painting services.