How to Texture Walls

Textured green wall
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Whether you're trying to save money by doing drywall taping in your remodeled room by yourself, or you simply want to get crafty, you might find yourself in the midst of a disaster. To avoid this, stay on the right track by following tried-and-true instructions for wall texture. Simply transform your average surface into an art form that truly changes the feel of your home.

DIY Doesn't Mean Going at It All Alone

You may have discovered some problems when wall texturing, to your dismay, like your drywall taping skills not being up to standard. The good news is that there is a way to cover that less-than-stellar taping job by texturing your wall. However, the bad news is that wall texturing can resemble a suede material. Alas, the good outweighs the bad here. Express your creativity and level up the visual appeal in your home— all with the pride knowing you did it (mostly) by yourself.

The Mixture

The texture mixture is basically a watered down drywall mud or joint compound. Using this type of mixture is great for do-it-yourselfers because any mistakes can be wiped away and started over.

You can also texture walls using paint available by popular paint manufacturers. However, you have to be more precise when using paint because the product is more challenging to remove and only a small range of colors are available.

The Application

Before starting, ensure that the walls are clean and dry. The drywall mud or joint compound used should also be watered down a bit before applying so the thickness is similar to that of pancake batter. Apply the mixture with a flat trowel or a texturing gun that works with an air compressor. These can be rented by the day. Both ways will be time-consuming because there is a testing period for both to discover which technique, pressure, and hole size (for the gun) works best for you. Without these tools, you can use an angled knife during application, however, a steady hand is required in order to do it correctly.

The Tools

To get the look you want, try using these tools and techniques:

  • Apply a freeform finish with a texture comb.
  • Use differing degrees of pressure to apply the finish to the wall.
  • Utilize a broom to apply the finish using taps and turns to get the texture you want.
  • Try patterned rollers that apply specialty finishes. You can make finishes that look like brick, stone, old masonry, fossils, or even suede.
  • Experiment with using a sponge.

Tips and Tricks

The variations you can achieve are only limited by your imagination and good taste. Research ideas before you get started so you can gather the tools and techniques you need. Luckily, with this method, any mistakes can be sponged off and tried again. However, be careful not to scrub off the drywall paper underneath, as that can cause a huge mess. Lastly, never be tempted to texture over wallpaper—the compound is heavy and the paper will come off under the weight and moisture.