Rehabbing a textured wall

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The previous paint job was a faux plaster texture. Looks pretty dated now, but how do I get rid of it? Do I have to sand down the whole walls, or is there an easier way?
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Textured wall
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  • Sheryl Johnson Sheryl Johnson on Apr 29, 2015
    I'm in the same delima. My problem is 60-year-old paint with sand added. I would love to find a solution that does NOT include me on a ladder with a grinder :(
  • Kim C Kim C on Apr 30, 2015
    Two options: sand it and fill it, very hard work time consuming and makes a mess or drywall over it which is probably about the same, maybe a little less work.
  • Cathy Cathy on Apr 30, 2015
    I used a thinned drywall compound and smoothed with a wide squeegee. Results were very good!
    • Thej Thej on Apr 30, 2015
      @Chartwell55 I'm going to try your suggestion. Thanks!!!
  • Kelly MacGregor Kelly MacGregor on Apr 30, 2015
    What about beadboard? That's what we did in our kitchen. Pretty quick and easy - easier than drywall for a DIY
  • Renae Breskovich Renae Breskovich on Apr 30, 2015
    Sanding will give you the best result - another option would be to use the padded underliner wallpaper and skim it - have done this in our 1927 house and worked well
  • Alanna Alanna on Apr 30, 2015
    I am in a similar position but all my plaster is falling down, ceilings, walls, you name it. After this really rough Michigan winter, there was no hope for it.. I will be scraping the walls, ceilings,built ins (yes they plastered built ins ...grrrr) etc. Then using paint on the walls, painted bead board wallpaper on the lower half of the walls and the ceilings will be fake tin ceiling tiles that look completely real. (They are styrofoam and cost around 100$ per room). My entire house will be "tin" ceilings after this year. It is a huge project. I am thinking to add it all , the entire house updates here. Wish me luck and I wish you luck too! Let us all know what you decided!
  • Patti Cagle Patti Cagle on Apr 30, 2015
    Be careful with sanding if you do not know what they used when texturizing the wall. Most of those products have fiberglass in them and you would not want to sand them and breathe in those fibers. You would need a professional to do it. Just be careful!
  • Tim Baker Tim Baker on Apr 30, 2015
    cover wall with bead board .We had a wallpaperred bathroom also a large pet bird he torn off paper so I paneled walls was easier than trying to prep walls then painted
  • Suzanne Melton Suzanne Melton on May 01, 2015
    From Dave: Sanding is the LAST thing you should do (unless you can completely seal off the room and use a sander with a vacuum attachment). His choice is to re-sheetrock the entire room. I like chartwell55's thin "mud" -- if you like knockdown, you could sand off only the high parts (I see three in your photo) and then do a heavy knockdown.
  • April E April E on May 02, 2015
    Or you could paint over it and use a stain glaze technique by painting on then rubbing off. To give depth to the texture by using a coordinate color it would look fresh and outstanding
  • Cheryl Lawrence Cheryl Lawrence on Sep 27, 2016
    If it hasn't been painted you can dampen a small spot and after several minutes it will scrape up with a putty knife. If that works for you then Spray a large portion and scrape. You don't want to spray more than you want to scrape at a time so that the Sheetrock doesn't get thoroughly wet underneath and mold or lose its reliability
  • Mary Ker Mary Ker on Sep 27, 2016
    It has been painted.
  • C C on Apr 25, 2018
    Looks to me like you live in the SW and that is called "knock down plaster". Also looks like someone tried to camouflage a bad plaster repair on top of the Knockdown plaster. Like you, I hate it too. Not much you can do except either skim coat with USG joint compound (a lot of work & sanding) or go over your walls with Dry Wall (also known as sheet rock). Good luck. Let us know what you do and take pictures!
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