Dealing with Textured Wallpaper

Textured wallpaper, along with textured Artex ceilings, were once considered the height of decorative greatness. But nowadays they are not the done thing anymore, and yet removing them is an absolute pain in the neck. Why not consider the following methods of removal?

One way that is easily considered a great thing to do is a Polycell smooth-over paste. The idea behind this is that it is like plastering over the top of either textured wallpaper or Artex (be aware that these situations need different types and you’ll have to be sure to buy the right compound for the job). The fact of the matter is that it is not as simple as one is led to believe, and unless you have at least a passing aptitude for plastering, it is not a great undertaking to embark upon. However, it is easier than plain old plastering, and of course you are cutting out a lot of time and effort in terms of removing the Artex and the wallpaper first.

Speaking of removal, of course that is the most obvious option for textured wallpaper. Simply use a wallpaper steamer and a scraper to remove all the textured wallpaper from your walls and then either replace it with wallpaper you do enjoy, or paint the walls in a colour of your choosing. Which you opt for is up to you. While it is a time-consuming endeavour to remove any wallpaper but especially textured wallpaper, this is of course the most thorough option. However, you do have to be aware that you are opening what could be a can of worms you’d rather never deal with. Take, for example, the ceiling in my youngest son’s bedroom. It was covered in textured wallpaper, and we took it down to find a ceiling that really needed to be re-plastered. As amateur plasterers, this ginormous ceiling was simply beyond us, and we had the choice between paying a costly professional to complete this task for us and slapping on some lining paper to hold it all in place and hope for the best. Not a decision you wish to be forced into, really, and certainly one to be avoided.

The final option is to paint over the textured wallpaper and try to forget that it is there. This is by far the least satisfying option, but by the same token it is the quickest solution and should not be ignored in case you need speed more than you need thoroughness.

You need to pay special attention, as you can’t simply paint textured wallpaper with a roller (this would not cover all the nooks and crannies). You need to brush the paint on by hand and you will need to apply multiple coats, so painting textured wallpaper is a time-consuming affair, especially considering the fact that you won’t have the satisfaction of removing all trace of the textured wallpaper. However, as a patch-up solution it can really be worth it and spruce up a textured wall.

At the end of the day, the best solution for textured wallpaper is to go back in time and stop the person who put it on your walls from ever applying it. Failing that, these methods will allow you to put a stop to textured wallpaper in your home and to enjoy a reasonable decorative scheme instead!

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