How can I treat a focal wall that has heavy texturizing?

When entering my town home, the first wall you see is very heavily textured and measures 27' x 8'. It is painted a mid-brown Tuscany color (as is the ceiling). I don't like the heavy texture and I need light-colored walls, especially since there is minimal natural light. I will be painting all the rest of walls and ceiling in my home to get better light since I cannot increase the number of windows. My question: Is there a way I can get rid of the texture on this wall? I've considered ship lap, but feel that would be overwhelming on that expanse.Thanks in advance.

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  • Kelli L. Milligan Kelli L. Milligan on Jan 21, 2019

    I would add ship lap vertically or other paneling and paint it light. The vertical lines will help it not being so overwhelming

  • Dmotan Dmotan on Jan 21, 2019

    Take pallets apart and use that wood. Works great. I have friends who have made furniture out of pallets. Just be sure your seams vary

    You could do a pre-stain in a nice light color and let the pallet color bleed thru. As long as you carry some of this to the interior so it marries well.

  • Lynn Sorrell Lynn Sorrell on Jan 21, 2019

    Skim coat the wall to smooth it out then prime & paint it like you want here's bunch of videos for you to watch Easy DIY just get 2 secure ladders to make platform or actual scaffolding(rent) to get to top of wall easily. How to Make a Step Ladder Scaffold. Are you working on a home project that requires a ladder, just to find that moving the ladder over and over and over again is the worst part of the project? If so, it's time to think about making a scaffolding from two step ladders. You won't have to go up and down the ladder nearly as many times.

    Step 1

    Get two ladders that are of the same style and height. This is important because you will want the steps to be even so your scaffolding doesn't slant

    Step 2

    Open the ladders. You will need the back side of each ladder to face the other. For the old fashioned step ladder, this is the side with rungs and not steps. Some of the newer ladders are the same on both sides, so it doesn't matter. Space the two about 6 feet apart.

    Step 3

    Secure a platform between the two. The platform can be either a 2-by-12, 8-foot wood board or a metal scaffolding found at most hardware stores.

    Step 4

    Place the scaffolding on the same step of each ladder by sliding it through the ladder frame and allowing it to sit when there is a minimum of 6 inches of board extending out the front of each ladder.

    • Patty Fleming Keyes Patty Fleming Keyes on Jan 21, 2019

      Thanks for the link to the You Tube videos. They gave me insights into that world. Though I have a photo on my cell phone of the intensity - for want of a better word - of my texture, I don't know how to transfer that photo to this format. The texture is major league and FAR exceeds what these You Tube videos were working with. My professional painter suggested that it would be easier and more cost effective to replace the sheet rock if I disliked it enough. Based on what I saw on the videos, I definitely agree with him. Yikes!!

      Thanks again for your input. And I also appreciate the scaffolding info. !!