Easy Spray-On Wall and Ceiling Textures

Close-up of a textured wall

Ceiling and wall textures are initially applied by professionals using special spray equipment. It's nearly impossible for amateurs to create the same effects by hand, but texture products in aerosol cans can come fairly close when applied to small areas. If you've patched a drywall or plaster surface and need to blend the area with the surrounding texture, a can of spray texture can do the trick. You just have to choose the right type of texture for your surface. One of these three most common types should have you covered. 


Test your spray texture on a piece of drywall or cardboard before applying it to your wall or ceiling. To get the right effect may take some practice. You'll use up some of the product, but it's worth it.   


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    Orange Peel (Homax Orange Peel, Professional Grade 25 Oz.)

    Orange peel wall texture
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    A mixture of large and small raised ovals and circles. Soft to the touch, orange peel is the one texturizer that works equally well for both ceilings and walls.


    Walls, ceilings

    Stated Coverage (per can)

    15 linear feet of wall * (125 square feet total)


    Orange peel is a popular spray-on texture because it hides imperfections but is not as dramatic a cover-up as popcorn or knockdown textures. Relatively foolproof, orange peel texture does not require any trowel work. Just spray it on, let it dry, then prime and paint. Actual coverage may be about two-thirds of the stated coverage. 

    Tips For Using Homax Wall Texture

    Many users indicate less than the desired performance from Homax Wall Texture products.  In most cases, this is user error.  These tips will help you achieve a perfect wall texture: 

    1. Hold the can far away from the wall.  Instructions specify at least 24" distance from the wall.  Maintain this distance or even more.
    2. Shoot the wall in short bursts, not a continuous spray.
    3. Test on a piece of cardboard before using on your wall.
    4. The lever that controls the fineness of the spray is finicky.  Test it out in many different positions until you get the desired spray.
    5. Warm up the can before using.  Cold wall texture will spray out in large globs.
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    Knockdown (Homax Professional Grade, 25 Oz.)

    Knockdown wall texture
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    Flat, wide splotches. A deeper texture than orange peel can be touched, unlike textures that have sharp peaks. Knockdown often is similar to a stucco texture but is somewhat smoother.


    Primarily walls

    Stated Coverage (per can)

    9 linear feet of wall 


    Knockdown is sometimes called "California" texture due to the thousands, if not millions, of California houses and apartments that have this treatment. Creating a knockdown texture is a two-step process. First, spray the textured product onto the surface and let it dry for a few minutes. Then, use a drywall knife or trowel to "knock down" or flatten the texture. Actual coverage may be about half to two-thirds of the stated coverage. 

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    Popcorn (Homax Pro Grade Popcorn Texture, 14 Oz.)

    A wall with popcorn ceiling texture
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    High peaks, low valleys--the deepest and highest texture of all and also the most delicate. Can look like cottage cheese when heavily applied.  



    Stated Coverage (per can)

    80 square feet (or, 8' x 10').


    Popcorn, also known as cottage cheese or acoustic texture, is the best ceiling texture for sound dampening. It's not a soundproofing product (soundproofing slow the transmission of sound from room to room), but popcorn texture does an adequate job of softening sound within the room. Actual coverage per can may be only about half of the stated coverage, especially with heavy textures.