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Tips for Painting Imperfect Walls
Walls that are old and damaged typically require special techniques
to cover up the imperfections on the surface. These imperfections can
include drywall that is pilling or gouged or plaster that is loose and
cracking. These flaws in your walls can be annoying, but replacing
the wall is not always the only solution. In fact, there are techniques
for painting your walls that will give you an easier and cheaper way
to fix the problem. Below are three options that can help you cover
Preparing the surface of the wall before painting can help restore and
smooth out the wall. Skim coating the entire wall may be necessary,
depending on how bad the wall is. This is a process that is very labor
intensive. It requires a lot of tools, compound, and caulk to make your
walls surfaces look smooth and almost new again. Once skim coating
is done, painting the walls with two coats of quality flat paint will help
to blend any small imperfections that are left, making them seem to
You can also use textures on your wall to help hide areas that are ugly.
You must still patch up any areas that are deeply gouged, but they
don’t need to be made perfect. Textured wall painting not only hides
most of the surface flaws, but gives your home a decorative value.
There are many ways that you can texture your walls, so you are
certain to find one that you like. When using textured paint, the tools
and materials you use will determine just how textured the surface is.
Some of the tools you can use to make a textured wall include your
fingers, sponges, rags, Disk brooms, wide knives, and brushes. Each
of these will give you a one-of-a-kind pattern on your wall. There also
stencils you can use to create designs on your wall surface.
There are also aux painting techniques you can use to hide imperfections
on your walls. This will allow you to highlight and enhance the imperfections
and make them look intentional. Many people use this technique to make
their walls look antique or distressed. If your holes are not major, when you
use the aux painting techniques, no repairs will need to be made to your
walls. Instead, you incorporate those imperfections into the aux finish
pattern. All the uneven spots, scratches, and dents will add to the
authenticity of the finished product. To get the best effect, you will
want to use at least two colors. Ways to give this will conclude
sponging, rubbing, glazing, lime washing, and color washing.
As you can see, there are many ways to cover up imperfections on
the walls of your home. Be sure to try out the different ways to find
which will work best in your home and for your style preferences.