Painting over textured wallpaper: how to do it and the tools you’ll need

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Painting over textured wallpaper can transform a room in hours. But it very much depends on what type of textured wallpaper you'll dealing with and what condition it is in. If it's in poor condition or has a vinyl coating you will need to get your prep done properly to get the best finish. If it's nice new Anaglypta textured wallpaper – or similar – you can head straight to painting.

The process for painting textured wallpaper is very similar to painting a wall or lining paper, but with a few subtle differences. You may need to involve a primer or undercoat to make sure that the top coat adheres properly. Or you might need a deep pile roller to get into all the nooks and crannies of the textured wallpaper.

Here we give you the lowdown on how to transform your textured wallpaper with a neat new contemporary finish. 

Painting over textured wallpaper: the tools you’ll need

Steve Jenkins

Steve Jenkins is a freelance content creator with over two decades of experience working in digital and print and was previously the DIY content editor for Homebuilding & Renovating. 

He is a keen DIYer with over 20 years of experience in transforming and renovating the many homes he has lived in. He specialises in painting and decorating, but has a wide range of skills gleaned from working in the building trade for around 10 years and spending time at night school learning how to plaster and plumb.

He has fitted kitchens, tiled bathrooms and kitchens, laid many floors, built partition walls, plastered walls, plumbed in bathrooms, worked on loft conversions and much more. And when he's not sure how to tackle a DIY project he has a wide network of friends – including plumbers, gas engineers, tilers, carpenters, painters and decorators, electricians and builders – in the trade to call upon.