07:34AM | 02/27/03
Member Since: 02/26/03
2 lifetime posts
I want to finish two of my basement walls. They are poured walls. The basement has been bone-dry for ten years, so moisture is not a problem.

I have looked and asked in vain for some product to texture the walls to conceal the seams and imperfections.

So now, I'm thinking I might cover them with textured wall paper and paint them.

Has anyone tried to wallpaper concrete?? Is there a special paste that should be used???

Any suggestions????


10:38AM | 03/11/03
Member Since: 11/02/02
69 lifetime posts
I recently went through a similar dilema. I wanted to repaint cement-block walls in a basement bathroom, and was concerned about various imperfections showing through. A professional painter-friend of mine suggested I "skimcoat" the walls using, I think it was, drywall compound. I didn't really know how to do that, nor was I entirely convinced it was a good idea.

In the end, I put on two coats of primer followed by two topcoats. I've been *very* pleased with the results, and am glad I didn't bother to skimcoat. Imperfections are still there if you bother to really focus on the texture behind the paint, but the results are more than good-enough for a basement wall, for me anyway.

So you might consider just painting. It is, after all, just a basement. "Just paint" worked for me. I guess that's all I can really say.

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