Thursday, January 14, 2010

Textured Walls

Any opinions on what we should do about our badly textured walls?  I'm talking about the sand-paint look, seen here on the right side of this photo.  It isn't original to the house, but is it really out of character for a house of this vintage?

Options (I might make this a poll):

1. Leave them and retexture over repair work

2. Re-skimcoat the entire house ourselves

3. See how much it would cost to get professionals to skimcoat

4. Other option I haven't thought of....

Share your thoughts!


Joe said...

Is that the texture of the plaster underneath? Some of the walls in my house look just like that; they never got a smooth topcoat of plaster. I've been skimming them with hotset drywall mud, and then topping that with regular drywall joint compound. It's a lot of messy work, but I like the smooth finish it leaves.

Anonymous said...

skim coat, but have an uncle come over and give you a hand

Kristy said...

Okay, so the sand texture isn't exactly period; but that doesn't mean you have to spend all the time and money to recoat them.

I have an 1880s farmhouse and my studio upstairs had the same texture as yours...honestly, once it is nicely painted it tends to fade away for the most part.

I do believe in skimcoating or fixing texture when it takes on a life of it's own and is in poor condition.

bungled said...


No, the walls have a smooth skim coat, because we've discovered most of the house was wallpapered before being painted (they never took the wallpaper off). It's goo to hear you've had luck skimming your own walls. It gives me confidence.

Jim (anonymous),

We would love your help!!


Ours really is pretty bad. The repair work in some areas wasn't even sanded, and the texturing was y not the work of a pro. That being said, there are some areas we would probably leave textured. I agree when done well it does fade into the background.

Thanks everyone for the comments!!

Anonymous said...

As the co-owner of the bungled-house, I say we leave the texture. I think Kristy is correct; it will fade into the background once painted. The amount of effort required and the fact that the end results are not guaranteed to be great, means we should accept the texture.

Brian said...

Our 1930s bungalow has roughly textured plaster walls just like that. I also saw the same thing in a local old church buuilding. At first I thought it was odd, but in our case it appears original.

bungled said...

So the plan is to keep it and focus on the more pressing concerns of the bungled house for now.
Thanks for the input!

Bobbi said...

I would die for a glimpse of that original detail here! do what ever you can afford to salvage that. wait forever if you have to, really. it is priceless. why do you think my VERY flat virgin textured wall stay white. I am not touching them till I discover what is underneath, and I can't afford it without losing the roof over our heads.