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How To: Paint Textured Wallpaper | The Best Wallpaper Place

07.05.15 | Darryl Husler

How To: Paint Textured Wallpaper | The Best Wallpaper Place

The obvious worry about painting textured wallpaper can be seen from the picture above. With the patterned and raised like appearance, people worry that the paint will splatter everywhere, it won’t dry properly etc.
Actually, painting textured wallpaper isn’t vastly different from painting any other wallpaper. Our posting will give you specific things to look out for and bear in mind.

The preparation.
* Painting textured wallpaper can be easier than painting normal paper! You will probably find this hard to believe, but it is true in some cases. Largely this is down to the fact that the pattern allows joints to be hidden much more efficiently when applied with paint.

* Before painting remember to inspect your area first. If any paper has come loose then paste this down and allow it to dry. Equally remove pictures, picture hooks, and anything which is hanging or sticking out from the wall. Not only will this make the job easier but it will ensure a consistent coat of paint throughout, as we naturally seem to alter our painting style around objects.

If there are any edges showing (for example walls to skirting boards) ensure these are filled with a good quality caulk product. Alternatively some people like to paint first and do the caulking after. There is a certain amount of flexibility in this, but it is all too easy to focus on the painting especially if you are unsure of the result. Remember the smaller and finer points too.

* When it comes to painting textured wallpaper, it is a good idea to use a primer before. In some cases this may not be needed (e.g. if a coat of paint already exists.)
It is important to get the right type of primer also. For this purpose a good quality OIL based primer is the most suitable. This is because it acts to ‘seal’ the wall. Do not use a water based primer as it will simply soak through and risk exposing the paper.

The painting.
* While choosing your paint and colour, remember to take account of the finish to the paint aswell. It is advisable to use paint which has a matt (rather than gloss) finish. If the wall is far from perfect then gloss paint is more likely to show this up. ‘Matting’ the walls also generally tends to be the done thing. Of course there is nothing wrong with using gloss paint if you so wish.

* Remember also that is it likely you will have to paint the area more than once (possibly multiple times.) This often depends on things like whether painting has been done before, if you are overwriting another colour, how thick the paper is and so on.
Allow each coat to dry fully to get the effect of it, before you decide on a further application.

* Go easy when painting such a textured surface to avoid splashes and marks. It is a good idea to have everything removed from the room, or at least covered up if that’s not possible. Keep plenty of paint on the brush to avoid areas looking patchy aswell.

Follow these points for a successfully painted textured wall! Good luck!