How to Add Drywall Mud to Paint


Drywall mud, or joint compound, is available as a dry powder or as a premixed semi-liquid for use in taping out drywall joints. If you want a custom textured look on your walls, you can mix dry joint compound with paint and roll it on with a paint roller. By adding the drywall mud to your paint, you can control the color of the texture on your walls. Just be sure to save some of the paint in case you need to repair and patch the drywall later.

Things You'll Need

  • Powdered drywall compound
  • Acrylic paint
  • 5-gallon bucket
  • Drill
  • Paddle attachment
  • Pour 1 or 2 gallons of acrylic wall paint into a large, 5-gallon bucket.

  • Add 1 cup of powdered drywall compound for every gallon of paint.

  • Fit a power drill with a paddle attachment and insert the paddle into the paint mixture, blending the paint with the powdered drywall compound until no lumps remain.

  • Keep the bucket tightly covered until you're ready to apply the paint mixture to your walls.

Tips & Warnings

  • Acrylic paints blend well with drywall compound, but oil-based paints do not.
  • Prime the drywall before applying the paint mixture.
  • Use a large-nap paint roller to apply the paint mixture to your walls in a thick, even coat.
  • Make custom texture patterns on your wall by swirling a wallpaper brush or a putty knife in semi-circular patterns.
  • Crumple up a damp rag and pat it on the wet paint texture to make an old-world custom look.
  • Smooth down just the tips of the wet paint texture, with a large taping trowel, for a stucco-like effect.
  • If you want thicker or thinner paint texture, make a note of how much powdered drywall compound you add so you can match the texture later, if necessary.
  • Wear old clothing and protective eye wear before rolling paint texture on your walls.
  • Use only a non-slip drop cloth on the floor. Applying paint texture is messy and a plastic drop cloth can become slippery.


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