How To Remove Texture From A Wall and Get a Smooth Look

Taking texture off a wall is a messy and challenging job but it has to be done if you want the walls to be smooth and simple. So if you’re planning on starting such a project, make sure you’re well documented. Textured walls don’t usually go that well with minimalist and modern decors and getting rid of the texture is one of the first steps during a makeover or renovation.

View in gallery

So here’s how you do it. First of all, you need to prep the area. It’s going to be a very messy job so either get everything out of the room or cover up everything as best you can. You should also cover the floor with something if you don’t want it to get ruined and dirty.

Then gather the tools you’ll need. These include a floor scraper, safety goggles, a spray bottle filled with water, sandpaper, a wallboard knife and joint compound. Start by testing one area. See how easily the texture comes off and figure out the pressure needed and the angle at which to hold the scraper.

View in gallery

Continue and scrape the entire wall. First spray a spot and wait for the water to soak in and then scrape at an angle. Then use sandpaper to smooth out any uneven or textured areas.

When you’re done with the entire wall, get a damp cloth and remove any dust and debris. Make sure it’s completely clean before to get to the next step.

View in gallery

After that, apply an oil-based primer all over the wall. Let it dry completely and ventilate the area properly. Once that’s done as well, it’s time to apply the compound. Use a wallboard knife and apply a generous layer, feather the edges and maintain an even look throughout. Let the first coat dry for 24 hours.

View in gallery

Once again, sand down the uneven areas to get a smooth look. Then apply a second layer of joint compound the same way as you did the first time. Let it dry, sand again and vacuum the dust.

After 24 hours, you can then apply primer and paint the wall as desired.{found on diynetwork}.