How to cover textured walls

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How to cover textured walls
Cover textured wall coatings before painting or wallpapering. (Jupiterimages/Brand X Pictures/Getty Images)

If you want to modernise the look of a room, then you might want to get rid of the old-fashioned textured wall coating. Rather than spend hours scraping off the textured coating, you can cover the wall with a plaster skim-coating or specialty "smooth-over" filler designed for textured coatings. Use the supplied applicator to spread the filler over the textured coating to achieve a smooth finish on the wall. When the filler is dry, you can paint or paper the wall in the usual way.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

Things you need

  • Dustsheets
  • Liquid detergent
  • Clean cloth
  • Interior crack filler
  • Needle-nose pliers
  • Smooth-over filler for textured coatings
  • Fine-grade sandpaper

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  1. 1

    Cover the floor and all furniture in the room with protective dustsheets.

  2. 2

    Fill a bucket with hot water and two or three dashes of liquid detergent. Soak a clean cloth in the liquid solution and thoroughly clean the textured wall coating to remove dirt, grease and any loose particles.

  3. 3

    Remove any nails, tacks or picture hooks with a pair of needle-nosed pliers. Fill any cracks in the textured wall with silicone-based crack filler. Wait for the filler to dry.

  4. 4

    Stir the smooth-over filler to an even, creamy consistency in the supplied container.

  5. 5

    Load the smooth-over filler onto the supplied roller or applicator. Usually you'll need to immerse the applicator in the product.

  6. 6

    Roll or spread the smooth-over filler onto the textured wall. Work away from the edges and towards the centre of the wall. Sweep the roller or applicator over the wall in a half-arc movement to achieve a smooth, consistent finish.

  7. 7

    Wait for the smooth-over filler to dry. Drying times vary, depending on the manufacturer, so check the user instructions on the product container or label.

  8. 8

    Sand away any tramlines or small irregularities in the wall surface with a fine-grade sandpaper or sanding block. You can now paint or paper the covered wall in your preferred style.

Tips and warnings

  • When cleaning the wall before applying the smooth-over filler, wash from the top and work down the wall. Use a stepladder to reach the top of tall walls, if necessary.

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