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Wallpaper on Textured Walls: Yes, You Can! Here’s How

Don’t let textured walls hold you back! Follow our tips and tricks for a beautiful finish with different types of wallpaper.

Wallpaper is everywhere again and with its fresh, modern, and beautiful designs and latest technology is really a doable project for anyone.

You are probably wondering if you can cover your textured wall with either a paste, non-paste, or peel-and-stick wallpaper if you are reading this today.

A professional wallpaper installer will quote you a price to smooth a wall by sanding or skimming it with mud for a flat surface but maybe that’s not in your budget or you’re in a rental, maybe you don’t want to try these techniques yourself because of the mess!

Or ahem, like moi, sometimes you just want to know if there’s a shortcut.

Good news! It is possible to achieve gorgeous wallpaper results even on a textured wall!

All About Wallpaper on Textured Walls

Can you wallpaper over textured walls? What type of wallpaper works best for textured surfaces? And can you put new wallpaper over old wallpaper?

Questions I have asked in the past and now I have the answers for! I’ll share with you the different types of textures and walls suitable for wallpapering, how to choose the right wallpaper, and how to prepare your walls.

Dark green floral wallpaper.
Garden Floral Paste the Wall Wallpaper

We’ll go over the tools and materials you’ll need plus step-by-step guides to different wallpapering techniques with tips for achieving a professional-looking finish. Last but not least, we’ll chat about alternative options like peel-and-stick and non-paste wallpaper.

Are you ready to get started? Let’s turn those textured walls into something beautiful!

White And Grey Bathroom with dark green floral wallpaper over orange peel walls.
Dark Wallpaper on Orange Peel Walls

What are Textured Walls?

Wall textures are commonly used as a wall finish to hide imperfections. The most familiar types are popcorn, orange peel, knock down, slap brush, comb, and sand swirls. These textures add interest to a room but can make wallpapering difficult.

What type of wallpaper works best for textured surfaces?

Choosing the perfect wallpaper for those textured walls is an important step to achieving a beautiful look in your space. Traditional wallpaper might not always be your best bet on textured surfaces, as it can lead to bubbling and peeling. But don’t worry, I’ve got you covered with some options that will work like a charm!

Blue and white wallpaper over bathroom sink with black marble backsplash.
Bathroom Vanity with Wallpaper

Vinyl Wallpaper: Vinyl wallpaper is a good option for textured walls because it’s durable, flexible, and can adhere to textured surfaces, ensuring a seamless appearance. Plus, it’s moisture-resistant, making it ideal for bathrooms and kitchens.

Boho Vintage Room Makeover Reveal With Wallpaper Gold Bed
Bird Wallpaper Under Chair Rail

Anaglypta Wallpaper: Anaglypta is a textured wallpaper that can mimic different textures. It’s an excellent choice for hiding imperfections on your textured walls while adding a new design element.

Paste-the-Wall Wallpaper: This is one of the most common methods. Instead of applying adhesive to the back of the wallpaper, you put it directly on the wall. It’s great for textured walls, as it lets you maneuver the wallpaper without worrying about tearing. Avoiding white/very light backgrounds and selecting a busy pattern can help mask the texture.

Diy Laundry Room Makeover with leftover wallpaper on textured walls and leftover paint on cabinets in parisian blue.
Leftover Wallpaper on Textured Walls

Peel-and-Stick Wallpaper: A nice solution for renters and temporary coverage. I’ve used it in many rental homes. It can handle some textured surfaces, but on more pronounced textures, ensure it sticks well especially at the top with finishing nails or staples. It’s designed for straightforward application and removal.

Can you wallpaper over existing wallpaper?

Now, you may be considering wallpapering over wallpaper. It is possible! But there are a few things to consider:

  1. Condition of the Existing Wallpaper – Make sure it’s in good shape; no peeling or bubbles. If it’s damaged, remove it before putting up the new one.
  2. Smooth Surface – If the existing wallpaper has a textured design, create a smooth base by using joint compound and sanding for an even finish.
  3. Primer – Applying a primer can help create a better surface for the new wallpaper and prevent the old design from showing through.
  4. Pattern Considerations – If the old wallpaper has a bold pattern or dark color, think about how it might affect the new wallpaper’s look. Thicker patterns can show through lighter ones.
Black and white mural in a green and blue bedroom.
Black and White Mural on Slap Brush Walls

How to wallpaper over textured walls

Here are the basics of wallpaper installation. Find more step-by-step tutorials for different types of paper below.

Preparation: First clean your walls thoroughly. If you are able to knock off or lightly sand high points of texture it will help! Make sure to repair any damage and fill any holes with spackle or joint compound.

Priming: If recommended by the wallpaper manufacturer, give your walls a primer coat. This can really help wallpaper adhere to the surface whether it is textured paint, old wallpaper, or other material. Skip this step if you are in a rental with restrictions.

Measuring and Cutting: Measure your wall’s height, add a bit extra to your wallpaper measurements, and pay attention to the pattern repeat if you have one. Find more detailed instructions for installing wallpaper here.

How To Hang Non Pasted Wallpaper- girl marking plumb line with level and wallpaper.
Marking a Plumb Line

Applying Adhesive: Follow the manufacturer’s instructions to apply the right adhesive for non-peel and stick paper. For paste-the-wall wallpaper, it goes directly on the wall. Sometimes, you activate the paper with water using a spray bottle. Look for paper that is non-woven so there is no stretch or shrinking.

Applying the Wallpaper: The very first strip is the most important for getting the placement right and then the rest will be a breeze. Make sure the ceiling and wall corners are level or leave enough excess to accommodate uneven walls and ceilings. Mark a level plumb (vertical) line with a pencil.

Start from the top left of your wall with the first strip of wallpaper keeping a little extra at the top for uneven ceilings. Once the top is in place and straight, start working your way down with the piece of paper, smoothing it out as you go to get rid of air bubbles. A smoothing tool is often used.

How To Hang Prepasted Wallpaper mural by yourself.
Black and white Mural

Matching Patterns: If your wallpaper has a pattern, make sure it aligns perfectly for that seamless look. Pay special attention to the instructions. Every paper I’ve used is butt to butt meaning the edges line up next to each other. But some papers might require a little overlap. Also, consider the pattern repeated when purchasing paper. Smaller patterns usually have less waste.

Trimming Excess: A sharp utility knife will help you trim any extra wallpaper at the top and bottom.

Sponge-off paste: Use a sponge and clean water to wipe off the paste if needed. This also helps smooth the wallpaper down.

How To Hang Non Pasted Wallpaper Resized Wm 6
Wiping off Paste

Repeat these steps for each strip, and voila! You’re on your way to transforming your textured walls into stunning design features.

Summer Home Decor Lifestyle Office 2
Paste the Wall Bird Wallpaper

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Get ready to transform your space with a series of blog posts dedicated to wallpaper techniques and step-by-step tutorials. From choosing the perfect wallpaper to mastering pattern matching, you'll find approachable tutorials and helpful tips that will walk you through each step.

In conclusion, you’ve got this! With the right wallpaper and proper prep, you’ll create a fresh and exciting look in your space even on textured surfaces.

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