Wall Retexturing: What You Need to Know

We might be a painting company at our core, but you would be surprised how many questions we field on a day-to-day basis that have to do with other aspects of the home renovation process.

One of those frequently-asked-about services is wall retexturing. And it’s no surprise – it’s one of the easiest, budget-friendly alternatives to traditional wallpapering, staining or completely repainting.

If the new season is inspiring you to try out something new in your home, this might be the project for you. But before you begin, you need to understand exactly what the wall retexturing process looks like.

Luckily, it’s pretty much exactly what it sounds like. The process involves adding a textured coating to whatever wall covering is already applied to the surface, whether that’s wallpaper, paint, or a stain of some kind. This can add unique shapes, patterns, and textures to otherwise pretty uninteresting and (no pun intended) flat walls.

It’s a great way to bring old and new together without having to source a ton of materials or investing a lot of your time. You’ll really just need a trowel, roller, brush or other implementation method and whatever product you choose to use to achieve your desired texture. It could be a joint compound, some sort of stucco mix, or even a textured paint.

But can you really apply this process to a wall that’s already painted?

Yes! Retexturing is a simple, adaptive process that can act as a sort of face lift for walls in pretty much any condition.


Of course, just because you can doesn’t always mean you should. So why do we recommend retexturing walls that are already painted?

Well, there are lots of reasons. But one of the first ones we have to mention is that retexturing can do wonders in terms of cover-up for a wall with imperfections and scratches, making your space seem newer than it might actually be.

Plus, it’s a design feature that seems to work for all floor plans, even open concept spaces. Part of that probably has to do with its versatility – we’re not just talking about one texture here when we say textured walls. Whether you want something more smooth or more rough is entirely up to you.

And lastly, it is possible to complete on your own if you are a determined DIY-er. However, we do need to prepare you for the mess – drywall work like this can be a lot of work strictly from a set-up and clean-up perspective. If you choose to leave it to the pros, you can be sure that they’ll have the equipment they need for taping, containing dust and debris, and they’ll be able to get your space back to normal quickly after completing the project.

So, would we recommend hiring professionals? It’s always up to you to weigh the value of your money vs. time, but in this instance, we’d probably say yes.

But while we’re talking about cost, let’s look at some numbers. On average, DIY supplies run around $10-50 per gallon, depending on what kind of compound you choose to use. On the flip side, hiring a professional generally ends up costing much less per square foot. Of course, other costs like equipment rental, surface prep, and labor factor in, but it’s worth noting.

Contact Ireland’s Finest Painting with more specific questions about pricing, and get a free quote on your wall retexturing project today!

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