How to Wallpaper Textured Walls

Wallpapering can transform a room, but applying it to textured walls comes with its unique set of challenges. Fear not! Our comprehensive guide will make you a pro in no time, ensuring your wallpaper adheres smoothly and looks fabulous.

1. Preparing Your Walls:
Before you start, it's crucial to prepare your walls. Clean them with mild detergent and water to remove any dirt or grease. If your walls are heavily textured, consider sanding them down or applying a skim coat of plaster to create a smoother surface. Remember, the smoother your wall, the better the wallpaper will adhere.

2. Choosing the Right Wallpaper:
Not all wallpapers are created equal, especially when it comes to textured walls. Opt for thicker, high-quality wallpaper, as it's more forgiving and can better conceal imperfections. All of our wallpapers are 10 mil or thicker. 

3. Using the Right Adhesive:
Choosing the right adhesive is as important as choosing the wallpaper itself. For textured walls, use a heavy-duty adhesive to ensure a stronger bond. Apply a uniform coat of adhesive on the wall and let it sit for a few minutes to get tacky before applying the wallpaper.

4. The Application Process:
Begin at the corner of the wall and use a plumb line to ensure your wallpaper is straight. When applying the wallpaper, start from the top and carefully smooth it down. Use a wallpaper brush or a plastic smoother to gently push out any air bubbles, working from the center to the edges.

5. Dealing with Seams and Edges:
Align the seams carefully. For textured walls, it's better to overlap the wallpaper slightly at the seams and use a seam roller to ensure a flat, seamless join. Pay special attention to the edges and corners, using a sharp knife to trim any excess.

6. Drying and Aftercare:
Allow the wallpaper to dry completely, which might take up to 24 hours. Avoid the temptation to touch or reposition the wallpaper while it's drying. Once dry, you can clean it gently with a damp cloth.

7. Troubleshooting Tips:
If you encounter peeling edges or corners after the wallpaper has dried, use a small paintbrush to apply extra adhesive under the lifted areas. Press it back into place and wipe away any excess glue.

Wallpapering a textured wall might seem daunting, but with the right preparation, materials, and techniques, it can be a rewarding DIY project. Embrace the challenge and enjoy the stunning transformation of your space!

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