How to Apply Stomp Brush Texture to Walls

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Textured walls and ceilings provide more visual interest than plain flat walls. The texture also masks any small imperfections in the drywall installation. A stomped or crow's foot texture requires only a drywall stomp brush and a little time. The random nature of the pattern makes it a suitable choice for the novice. Use a stiff nylon or natural bristle brush to create the stippled patten on the wall or ceiling. Practice the technique on a scrap sheet of drywall before applying it to your walls.

Things You'll Need

  • Sanding sponge or round sander
  • Bucket
  • Drywall mud
  • Drill and mixing paddle
  • Paint roller
  • Stomp brush and pole
  • Sand the joints on the drywall to remove any imperfections in the dried joint compound. Use a round sander or a sanding sponge to create the smoothest surface.

  • Mix powdered drywall mud with water in a 5-gallon bucket, using a stirring bit attached to an electric drill. Add water until the mud is as thick as pancake batter.

  • Dip a paint roller in the mud, scraping the excess off on the bucket rim. Roll the mud on the wall or ceiling, beginning in one corner and rolling in one direction. Continue to coat the ceiling in mud, adding more mud to the roller as necessary, until the entire surface has a thin coat.

  • Roll the roller in the opposite direction, smoothing out the mud so you have as flat a surface as possible.

  • Attach the stomp brush to a pole if you are texturing the ceiling. Roll a thin coat of mud over the bristle of the brush using the paint roller.

  • Push the brush into the ceiling, using a straight up stomping motion. Pull the brush down, spin it a half turn, then stomp it against the ceiling next to the first stomp. Continue turning and stomping moving left to right across the ceiling. Overlap each new row slightly so there is no space between the rows of stomp pattern.

Tips & Warnings

  • Use masking tape to keep the drywall off the walls when you are only texturing a ceiling. Use a drywall taping knife to smooth out any mud that gets on the wall surfaces.
  • Work in small sections so you can fix any errors before the mud dries.

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