How to Smooth Walls Without Plastering

Being able to smooth your walls without re-plastering is easier for everyone. To give you some ideas, we’ve gathered together a list of 9 fast, cost-effective alternatives so that you can smooth walls without plastering!

1. Fill Holes

Before cleaning up scuffs or sanding your walls, you’ll want to make sure you’ve filled any holes in your wall. Often when hiring someone to smooth your walls, they will do this first, along with other processes which will be covered in further detail below.

Holes can be filled with ‘filler’ and later smoothened via a process called sanding. Filling your walls before sanding ensures an overall smooth finish, with no gaps in-between. Filling your walls will provide a base for a fresh layer of paint.

2. Smooth Walls by Sanding 

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If you are looking to smooth your walls without plastering, one of the best choices is sanding. Hiring a contractor to smooth your walls will more than likely include this. Hiring a professional to sand your walls is your best bet. They will most likely use an electric sander – a quick and smooth alternative for large scale projects.

3. Clean Scuffs

One way to smooth out your walls is to clean up scuffs. This can either be done by yourself, or through the help of a professional. To clean scuffs, try using warm soapy water and rubbing the marks gently, this should at least make them much fainter.  

If warm soapy water doesn’t work, homeguides suggests moving onto a more aggressive method. Stubborn scuff-marks can be removed with an all-purpose household cleaner or light detergent.

4. Dust and Vacuum Everything Off 

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Chances are, after filling holes, cleaning up scuffs, or sanding your walls there’s been quite the gathering of dust. Before applying a fresh coat of paint, you should thoroughly vacuum floors to collect any small particles of dust which may become trapped in-between floorboards.

5. Skim Coating

Skim coating is a texturing technique used by painters and decorators to smooth out a wall. When applying a skim coat, this should be done with the intended colour of the wall. Applying a skim coat is particularly important if the wall was previously sanded as this will allow for any bumps to be evened out and provide a layer to apply your final paint colour to, at the same time. 

Bidvine Tip – Before you apply a skim coat be sure to cover any furniture or carpeting to protect it from paint spills.

6. Apply a New Coat of Paint (With an Eggshell Finish)

Applying a new coat of paint can light up any room. Applying a fresh coat (with an eggshell finish) is a perfect way to make your walls look much smoother. If there are any light bumps or cracks remaining in the wall eggshell finish will visual smooth these out in contrast to a paint with a glossy finish which would make cracks stand out.

7. Use a Light Textured Paint 

Choosing a light textured paint is an easy way to both give your room light and character, all while providing a smooth and textured look to your walls. Select colours such as whites, creams, light blues, or pastel greens for an excellent finish.

Meeting with a professional painter and decorator will also allow you to discuss the project in more detail. They’ll be able to provide a list of jobs that need to be done, recommendations on specific colours, and even advise on how to maintain your walls. 

8. Clean Walls 

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Another great option to smooth out walls is to clean them up. This is also essential if you’ve been sanding. This can be done with warm soapy water and a sponge. Apply a soft, circular motion while cleaning to ensure the best outcome. 

Don’t have time to clean up your walls yourself? Domestic cleaners charge £13 per hour on average. Click here to easily find local cleaners and get your walls in top shape.

9. Use Wallpaper 

An alternative to painting is, of course, wallpaper. Using a wallpaper with a light, and funky colour or pattern can hide rough patches on your wall, leaving it looking much smoother and well-kept. 

Still, for best results, it’s recommended to fill and sand your walls before applying wallpaper. Doing this will allow the wallpaper to lay flat while avoiding any bumps which were previously there. 


There are many different ways to smooth your walls without plastering. For best results, we suggest filling any holes, cleaning up any scuffs, sanding down your walls and applying a fresh coat of paint. 

Whatever method you choose, hiring a professional is advised for best results.

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