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aimless07 11-03-2008 09:52 PM

faux finishes on already textured walls
Our walls are very textured, but I really like the the linen style technique that I saw at Lowe's. Would this idea work with the type of walls I have? It would be used for our small powder room. I don't want to try things like this on a really big space...yet!
Our Walls
Linen Technique and color that I like

What do ya think?

mark942 11-04-2008 05:25 AM

Great to have pictures...............:thumbsup:
Your linen technique will still have the texture you already have. If you take notice to what you have already posted, the linen appears to have a flat surface. Your walls have a knock down texture. If your wanting to do a bit of work you can skim coat your walls to make them a flat surface. Then you may go ahead and do your linen technique finish. Good Luck.............:thumbsup:

slickshift 11-04-2008 06:03 AM

A strie or linen faux, or even linen texture will have a tough time over what's on there now

You'll want to skim coat the area with a thin layer of joint compound to make them smooth first

bjbatlanta 11-04-2008 08:28 PM

Or perhaps two coats of compound (and sand) to make them smooth. Joint compound shrinks as it dries and a texture usually requires more than one coat to cover.

aimless07 11-04-2008 09:26 PM

thanks for the suggestions. i may have to ditch the linen technique b/c i don't know how to do skim coats! would another faux technique work with my type of texture?

bjbatlanta 11-04-2008 10:05 PM

Not that familiar with the faux finishes, but I'm pretty sure you need a "reasonably" smooth surface to begin with. I do know from experience that drywall textures (as a rule) require scraping and a couple of coats of mud to get to a reasonably smooth surface to begin another finish. You might want to try the "painting" forum for further (and perhaps better) advice in regards to the specific finish you're looking at........those guys should know.

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