Smoothing Textured Walls

Digital ImageDigital ImageThe baby’s nursery I am papering this week started with fairly heavily textured walls. (I didn’t get a pic of the texture.) If left on the wall, this texture will show through the new wallpaper, and it will also interfere with adhesion of the new paper.

The first day, I skim-floated the walls (troweled on joint compound). Because the texture was so thick, it was not possible to get anything approaching a smooth job, as you can see in the first photo.

The second day, I sanded the walls smooth, vacuumed, wiped the walls with a damp sponge, and then primed. In the second photo, you can see how nice and smooth and ready for wallpaper the walls are.

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