Texturing Techniques for Sheetrock

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Texturing a sheet rock wall can add a little or a lot of detail to a room, depending on your choice. There are a few different techniques that can be applied, all with varying amounts of texture. The choice of a texture is up to the individual homeowner's skill level or aesthetic values.

Texture Mixed With Paint

  • Packets of material can be bought at your local home store and mixed with paint to add texture to a wall when you paint it. This is a process that will take some patience because you do not want to add too much of the mixture at once. The best method is to pour in a small amount and mix it thoroughly, then test it on a scrap piece of drywall. The texturing material you are mixing in resembles small grains of sand, but does come in differing sizes depending on your preference. Ask to see samples of the different texture sizes before choosing one.

Lace Plastering

  • This texture is formed by simply applying plaster to the walls and then roughing the plaster. The technique involves using a large brush and pushing it against the wall. It is a dabbing motion and will give a pinpointed surface. This is a subtle technique that results in a texture that is almost smooth, not rough. As with all texturing techniques, practice on scrap until you have the feel of the technique and are getting results you like.

Swirl Texture

  • Swirl texture is accomplished by applying plaster to a wall and then moving the trowel in semi-circular motions.This is a motion where the trowel is held with the leading edge just above the surface, the trailing edge touching the plaster. Make a sweeping motion with the trowel. This is a common texture for ceilings. You will need fairly large pieces of scrap to get this technique mastered with some practice.

Faux Texture Finishing

  • Faux texture isn't really texture at all, but simulates one using two similar shades of paint. Paint the wall to be treated with either the darker shade or the lighter shade first, applying the paint as in any normal wall-painting project. The texture part comes in after the paint has dried. Purchase special foam rollers at a paint store or home store that are designed for faux texturing or stippling. These rollers are missing segments of their foam and will only paint in the raised areas. Simply use the the special rollers to roll over the dried base coat of paint using the contrasting color. It is an inexpensive way to add the visual effect of texture.

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References

  • "New Fix-It-Yourself Manual: How to Repair, Clean, and Maintain Anything and Everything In and Around Your Home"; Reader's Digest; 1996
  • Repair and Renovate: Masonry and Plastering"; Mike Lawrence; 2002
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