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How to paint textured walls: Painting shapes in textured walls

Check out this super simple paint tip that will make your lines super crispy when painting in textured walls. How to make lines sharp when using painters tape in textured walls.

how to paint textured walls

For today I wanted to share a tip that really helped all of the painting we are doing in our house right now, we have textured walls and even though I love them, they are a pain when you want to do anything other than a plain wall.

I wanted shapes in one of my sewing room walls and after a run-test with frog tape when I worked on the fan, I knew I needed something else to make this a success.

First I draw a scaled version of the pattern I wanted, just to make sure it was “busy” enough after I was happy I measure and started taping my wall.

But just working with my nails to get to every little bump of the texture, I have to admit started to bother me after just one little piece of tape.

The paint color I used is BEHR ultra 430B-7 (Cress Green)

taping the textured walls

Painting shapes in textured walls

So my little secret weapon to master that textured wall without losing my fingers trying to flatten the tape: An eraser. I simply “erased” the tape line in the side I was going to paint, I have to admit that it was kind of a pain, but trust me the results improved 200%, and I went from retouching EVERY line to almost no retouching at all.

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In my case, I marked all the ones that needed to be painted and then worked on all the lines that were going to touch the paint. trust me there were a lot of them, but even with this extra step I manage to get the whole wall taped and prep in about 1 hour.

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I will show you how the full wall looks when I reveal the sewing room =] but for now, consider this a little preview =]

shapes in textured walls
RELATED:  To check out the reveal of the sewing room check out the second part of the reveal tour here: The HowJoyful Sewing room, to check the other room of my studio check the first part: The howjoyful office, and to check how I planned my shipping station check out: The HowJoyful Shipping station.
the sewing room before

Here is the before of this room:

**UPDATE: the paint color I used is BEHR ultra 430B-7 (Cress Green)

I hope you all have a wonderful day!
Do you have any paint tips? Share them in the comments =]

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Kelli Myhre-Bahwell

Thursday 27th of December 2012

I love the Chevron pattern!!! Slightly obsessed with patterns in general. My question is the paint color, I love the green and would like to know what color it is and who makes it? Also wondering how you made your Conner Mateo sign, I didn't find a tutorial about that so I was wondering if that was purchased or DIY.

Thanks!!! Kelli


Friday 28th of December 2012

Hi Kelli, Thank you! the paint is BEHR ultra 430B-7 (Cress Green) and the Conner sign is DIY, the post will be up in the new few days ;)

Kristin ~ Bien Living Design

Tuesday 12th of June 2012

Love it!


Friday 8th of June 2012

Wow! So far it looks amazing! I can't wait to see the finished room.

emily loupe

Friday 8th of June 2012

It looks fantastic!!

Cynthia Douglass

Thursday 7th of June 2012

What a hoot. I would have never thought of this pattern but after seeing it, love it. Please never stop.