How to Texture Walls to Hide Imperfections

Written by marysia walcerz | 13/05/2017
How to Texture Walls to Hide Imperfections
Textured walls can be painted any number of colours for an added accent. (textured wall image by Atanas Bajlozov from

If you own an old house, you've probably come across this problem before: imperfections in your walls that just can't be easily hidden. Texturing your walls is a creative solution to this issue because not only will it disguise the imperfections, but it'll also create a dramatic wall design when you're finished. Numerous products for creating textured walls are on the market today, including texture paint, fibre texture products and textured wallpapers. Choose the textured wall treatment that will work the best with your walls and create your desired aesthetic.

Clear the room where you'll be painting of all furniture, and set down a dust sheet to protect the floor. Stick blue painters tape over any electrical sockets, light switches or trim you wish to preserve.

Sand your walls lightly with medium sandpaper. You may not need to sand if your walls are already fairly rough, but for shiny and smooth wall treatments you'll need to create a rough surface to apply primer. Wipe down your walls with a damp rag to remove sandpaper dust before applying paint.

Apply a coat of primer to your walls with a paint roller. Depending on the texture product you're using, you may not need to apply primer, but in general, it's a good way to prepare your walls. Allow the primer adequate time to dry --- overnight is best --- before continuing.

Prepare your texturing product. For fibre-based texturing products, you may need to add water. Some texturing products are directly mixed with paint as an additive. Read the instructions on your texturing product and follow them to prepare the product for application.

Apply the texture to your walls. In the case of paint-additive texture, you can roll it on as you would normal paint. Other texture products may require you to sponge or trowel the texture on. Spray-on texture is another common product, allowing you to use a sprayer to evenly apply texture in a fine, medium or heavy application.

Allow the texture adequate time to dry (check the product instructions for a time guide) before removing the painter's tape and returning items to the room.

Things you need

  • Dust sheet
  • Blue painters tape
  • Sandpaper (rough and medium grain)
  • Primer
  • Paint roller
  • Texture product

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