How to Paint Crisp Designs on Textured Walls

Paint Designs on Textured Wall
Today I'm sharing with you how to get crisp lines for designs/stencils on textured walls. All of the walls in my house are textured. The ones in these images are like a popcorn ceiling…except it’s my wall. None of my walls are just a little textured. They're all obnoxiously textured, of course, which is a real pain to paint.

So for everyone out there with a home that had previous owners who embraced the textured phase… Well, this one is for you.  Painting these walls can be a real pain in the butt.  Glad to be here to help!

Step 1. Tape

I advise getting good quality tape, first. Then tape off your design, your lines, or whatever it is you're taping.

Step 2. Caulk

To prevent running paint and leaks, etc., purchase a paintable silicone caulk and smooth a small amount over all paint edges.

Step 3. Paint Roller

Use a paint roller, not a paintbrush, to paint over your tape.

Step 4. Remove

Remove for crisp, beautiful lines/designs! See images below for examples of the difference these steps can make.

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Thanks to Creative Ramblings for inspiring me to try this!


  1. I REALLY want to paint designs on my walls, but it would be a hard choice figuring out which pattern to do... I've also considered painting my ceiling, but I am afraid it would make my room seem smaller. Any thoughts?


  2. Great tips. My walls are very textured and it is really limiting. That's what I get for living in 100-year-old house though.

  3. We're getting ready to move into a new house and I will be putting designs in several areas. This is a good post to pin as a resource!

  4. What a nice idea! I will try it too, thank you for the inspiration!

  5. Great tips! I'm not a great painter, but I know tape really comes in handy for getting those crisp edges! We have textured walls too, so I know these will come in handy one day!


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