Painting over texture

I recently moved into a new home and i want to change the wall color. The problem is that the wall is textured and it's a rough job - it almost seems as if the job was never finished. The color is brown, almost like a dark sand. I want to repaint the walls with a lighter color and smoother texture.
q painting over texture, interior home painting, painting, photo 1 the wall straight on
photo #1 -- the wall straight on.
q painting over texture, interior home painting, painting, photo 2 the wall at an angle
photo #2 -- the wall at an angle.
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  • Marion Nesbitt Marion Nesbitt on Dec 28, 2015
    For painting rough textures, get a really fat roller. Changing the texture is trickier. You could get a dry waller to give it a skim coat but this is sometimes a painfully detailed procedure. Depending on your style, the texture would look great with a Venetian colour.

  • Debi53 Debi53 on Dec 28, 2015
    Marion is right about changing the texture, but there is one option between putting up with the texture and having to hire someone to skim coat it. There is a paintable wall paper called anaglypta that is thick and will cover textured walls if the raised part of the texture is not too high. It is very easy to put up (I have done it myself). It is more expensive than just painting, but less than having the room skim coated. You will still have some texture, but at least the pattern will be one that you choose and not just the unfinished rough texture you now have. Just type 'Anaglypta' into a google search and you can see many examples. Your local home improvement store or wallpaper store should also carry some selection.

    • Hope Williams Hope Williams on Dec 28, 2015
      Hi Debi53, the only issue with this type of process is the air pockets left by the divets in the wall. Pressure from a paint roller will likely push those through the paper once it's dampened by the moisture. Thereby ripping the paper.

  • Lindy Lindy on Dec 28, 2015
    We have similar walls....this is a go with it or as others suggested have it skim coated. Sloooooowwwww process, dry times of 24 to 48 hours between coats and certainly not cheap. I say go with it thick nap roller to get into the noots and crannies and it will soon just disappear (aka-it will grow on you).

  • Janet Pizaro Janet Pizaro on Dec 28, 2015
    Should you choose to remove the texture I have found the process.

  • Hope Williams Hope Williams on Dec 28, 2015
    Hi CarolR. Being that they are painted already, getting them smoother is going to take a lot of time, but not impossible. I see you are in Alabama. Your humidity will factor in on drying time a ton! Go to your local Lowes/Home Depot. Ask for a bonding product that will bond your drywall mud to your painted surface. Sanding would be a nightmare if your are already moved in. Once painted/primed, you just want to skim coat the walls until your desired texture is achieved. Then prime and paint. I hope this helps. But definitely ask lots of questions from the paint folks as they have encountered this issue more than anyone in the general population. Good luck with your project and let us know what you learn so others can learn too.

  • Pgl Pgl on Dec 28, 2015
    Prime then use either a pearlescence or opal or incandescent paint. I used an incandescent pale peach over a satin base on a textured looks great the light it gives it a dream like quality

  • CarolR CarolR on Dec 28, 2015
    I think I'm going to paint over the texture as suggested. I will post photos when I'm done.

  • Patty S Patty S on Dec 28, 2015
    Carol, texture can be beautiful with the right color. I used to have a faux painting business in Scottsdale Az. Often times, to make the multi colors of faux painting more interesting I would first texture the walls in the same manner as yours are textured. To finish I would use a glaze especially designed for this purpose. Can be stunning.

  • Johnchip Johnchip on Dec 28, 2015
    Satin finish is best, makes a glow, less shadow than flat or semi. Keep your color light also to keep shadow at a minimum; flesh tone works well in most settings. And of course use a roller that is made for texture surfaces, (deep pile).

  • Tammy Sea Tammy Sea on Dec 28, 2015
    One option would be texture paint. It's actually a paint that is very thick. We used it in our kitchen and breakfast room. It can go on as thick or as smooth as you like, depending on tool and application. I believe it's also tintable. We got ours at Home Depot.

  • Pogonip nevada Pogonip nevada on Dec 28, 2015
    I applied drywall joint compound over our bumpy textured walls. Got it smoother, then you can use spray texture in cans or rent a sprayer if you have a very large area. Really, it's not hard. Mostly time-consuming but worth it!

  • LindaK LindaK on Jan 01, 2016
    Just use drywall mud to smooth out the extreme texture. I found out during our remodel that the builder likes textured walls because they are cheaper, smooth walls take a craftsman and more effort. I'm going for smooth walls in my dining room this year.