How To: Remove Texture from Walls
Tackle textured finishes with the right techniques to make your walls flat and smooth again.
ByGlendaTaylor andBobVila | Updated Jan 10, 2022 1:12 PM
Texturing walls is a time-honored method of adding character to a wall or covering such imperfections as drywall taping inconsistencies—but not everyone loves the ridges and swirls of knock-down or the soft ripples of orange peel. Luckily, if you prefer flat surfaces, it is possible to get rid of an old textured finish, though this tends to be a messy, time-consuming project. Before you even put on your work clothes and pick up a scraper, you should get to know the two methods for how to remove texture from walls depending on whether or not your walls are painted.
If you’re ready to roll up your sleeves, we’ve got the guidance to take your walls from textured to totally smooth. Keep reading to find the method for removing wall texture that works for you.
MATERIALS AND TOOLS Available on Amazon – Canvas drop cloth – 3inch painters tape – Protective eyewear – 2gallon pump sprayer – 10inch drywall taping knife – Stepladder – Dust mask – Drywall sanding pad – Drywall sanding screen – Bright work lights
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MATERIALS AND TOOLS Available on Amazon – 2-inch steel putty knife – Hammer – Canvas drop cloth – 3inch painters tape – Protective eyewear – Sanding sponges – Rags – Premixed all-purpose drywall compound – 5-gallon buckets (2) – Drill with paddle bit – Large-nap paint roller – Roller cage – Roller pan – Extension pole (optional) – 10inch drywall taping knife – Taping pan – Stepladder – Dust mask – Bright work lightsAdvertisement
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