Posts Tagged ‘textured walls’

Smoothing a Textured Wall

November 18, 2017

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A lot of homes in the Houston area have some type of texture on the walls. In the suburbs, the tract home builders are using a fairly heavy texture, intended to lend a ‘rustic” feel to the home.

But when the homeowners want wallpaper, the texture has to be smoothed over, so the bumps won’t show under the new wallpaper, and so the new wallpaper has a flat, sound surface to hold on to.

In the first photo you see the texture of the walls in a new home in Fulshear (far west Houston). In the second photo, I have applied an initial coat of joint compound (smoothing compound). Once it is dry (tomorrow), I will go back and sand it smooth.

The next two photos show how much dust is generated by the sanding process. The plastic did a good job of containing it and keeping it off the homeowners’ floor.

In the last photo, you see how smooth the finished surface was.

Then the walls were wiped with a damp sponge to remove dust. Next came a primer. Once the primer is good and dry, it will be time to hang the new wallpaper.

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Sterile White Doesn’t Cut It For A Newborn Baby Girl

August 12, 2017

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This room is the right size, but is way too white for a precious baby girl. Mom had a vision to warm it up, and to bring some life and brightness in, too. This wallpaper is by Caselio, was made in France, but came to the U.S. via Mom in Brasil, to be hung in the new baby’s nursery in the Woodlands (Houston).

I started by smoothing the textured walls, and then I primed with Gardz. The pattern with the pink and lavender butterflies and dragonflies went on three “columns” in the room. The soft tan linen-look paper went on two opposite walls, one of which will hold a number of recessed shelves. After I papered the two linen walls and one butterfly wall, the homeowner thought about the room’s look overnight, and then decided to put the “fluttery” pattern on the remaining walls – around and over a door, and around a pair of windows.

The finished room is a serene and restful room, but the flying critters give it color and an uplifted feeling. Just perfect for a baby girl!

Smoothing Textured Walls

December 20, 2013

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.

Typical Texture in a New Home in Houston

August 15, 2013

Digital ImageDigital ImageNot all parts of the country have texture on their walls, but here in Houston, we sure do. These photos show a pretty typical texture found on walls in newer homes in our area.

This style is called “orange peel,” but it’s much heavier than what was being used a few years ago. I don’t care for this style much, but it’s MUCH better than the old “popcorn” stuff that was popular in the ’70’s.

And, yes, the texture has to be smoothed out before wallpaper can go up. For one thing, the bumps will show under the paper, and it looks horrible. For another, you want the wallpaper to have a flat surface to grab on to. If texture is left on the wall, the paper can only stick to the tops of the bumps, and won’t have maximum potential for adhering.

Liner paper won’t disguise this sort of texture. Besides, it takes as much time to line a room as it does to skim float it. That’s my preferred method – skim floating with a layer of joint compound (sort of like plaster), then sanding smooth and then priming.

VoilĂ  – a perfectly smooth surface for the new wallpaper!