Heavy Texture on Kitchen Walls

boystownJanuary 2, 2009

Previous owners did a poor job of texturing the kitchen walls. It is very heavy texture. Would it be possible for me to smooth them out some with joint compound? I plan to repaint but would like a smoother wall first. Any help would be greatly appreciated. Thanks

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We had heavy texture on our ceilings and walls too. We smoothed it out with joint compound and it worked well.

Good luck!

    Bookmark   January 2, 2009 at 1:28PM
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Thank you, Golddust. Did you put a primer over your ceiling after you smoothed it with joint compound?

    Bookmark   January 2, 2009 at 1:52PM
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We had that in a bathroom. It was so thick we wound up tearing out the walls and put new dry wall. What a nightmare it was.


    Bookmark   January 4, 2009 at 7:57PM
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Yes, we did a primer to seal it. Keep in mind, heavy texture is different than that blown in popcorn stuff popular in the 60's and 70's. My BIL is a drywall/painter guy. He says you must steam off the real popcorn (the stuff with sparkles).
I tried to photograph my new and improved lightly textured ceilings but it was impossible to capture it.

    Bookmark   January 6, 2009 at 11:13PM
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Thank you again, golddust. I am sure that what we have in this kitchen is what the previous homeowner applied to try and achieve a tuscan texture. My husband says that it feels like joint compound to him that went on too heavy. Do you still think that I can use thin layers of compound to smooth these walls a bit? Should I try to sand some of the areas that have a lot of peaks sticking out? Love the kitchen, hate the walls but our budget will not allow us to re-drywall at this time. Thank you for your help

    Bookmark   January 7, 2009 at 8:24AM
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It's hard because my BIL is the magician with drywall, not me. I remember that he did do a bit of sanding in the kitchen for the really bumpy stuff but he mainly just filled it in. I can tell by looking at it what it used to be but it's almost smooth now and 100% better.

    Bookmark   January 7, 2009 at 11:04PM
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Just be careful the material does not contain asbestos or lead. I think there are usually testing kits available.

    Bookmark   January 16, 2009 at 12:33PM
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I second pbj999's advice! Make sure it is safe. Oh old houses - they can bring us to our knees.

    Bookmark   January 16, 2009 at 11:15PM
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