How to Paint Over Textures, Designs, and Decor

calander Feb 10 , 2020 user-icon Nash Painting

Transforming your interior is exciting, but no one said it was easy. The amount of effort you must exert to revitalize a room depends on its current state and your vision. Does the room feature textured walls and detailed designs? Do you want to smooth over those walls and cover up those designs? If so, just know that you or your interior painting contractors must take extra steps to get the job done properly. Let’s outline how to paint over textures, designs, and decor when revamping your interior spaces.

Always Start with Proper Surface Preparation

We can’t stress enough how crucial surface prep is to achieving long-lasting and aesthetically pleasing results. Preparing your surfaces is even more important when painting over textured features, darker colors, and designs. Failing to do so can result in uneven paint jobs, both in terms of texture and color. The bottom line is this: you don’t want the old job to bleed through.

So, what does surface prep entail, exactly? Proper sanding is part of the process, to be sure. But beyond this, you or your local interior painters must also thoroughly clean your surfaces, keeping in mind that different materials require different cleaning products and methods. If a surface is damaged, you must always make necessary repairs, patching holes, setting and spackling nailheads, taping joints, and more. By sanding, cleaning, and fixing your surfaces, you make it easier for the primer and paint to stick.

That said, preparing textured surfaces is a more involved process than smoother ones. Sanding down rough textures is possible, but can become a real mess when attempting to sand down an entire wall (or several.) You can use a handheld vacuum to help suck up the dust before it gets into the air, and fans to push out any airborne debris, but in many cases, the best way to coat over a textured surface is to apply some extra coats.

Multiple Coats are Often Necessary

Whether painting over textures, darker colors, and/or designs, plan on applying at least two coats of paint in addition to the initial coat of primer. For going over textured surfaces, professional interior house painters often start with a skim coat. This process involves spreading joint compound over the entire surface. Doing so essentially creates a new, smooth surface on top of the old, rough one, as the compound fills in ridges and dents. Achieving a smooth, even coat without leaving excess compound or missing any spots can be challenging, so this step is often left to experienced local painters.

As for painting over darker colors and designs, you probably won’t need to apply a skim coat. However, you should consider using a tinted primer that’s approximately the same shade as the paint you plan on using. This provides some extra coverage and color to reinforce the new coat’s dominance over the old.

Try Spraying Moveable Decor

As you redesign your interiors and introduce new colors, you might realize that much of your old decor just doesn’t fit anymore. But what if you don’t want to get rid of these decorative components? Consider painting over them with new colors that match the new aesthetic. To speed up this process, bring easily-moved decorative features outside, prepare them as you would any other surface, and spray them with a suitable paint. Suddenly, your old decor can be brought back to life in your newly-transformed interior.

Out With the Old, in With the New

With enough effort, it’s possible to transform any interior. Some spaces are just rougher than others (literally.) If you need advice and/or assistance painting over textured, designs, and decor as you revamp your rooms, there’s one Nashville painting company you can count on: Nash Painting. To learn more about us, our services, and our values, call us at (615) 829-6858 today!