DIY Wall Texture

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Wall texturing is a simple way to bring your walls to life. The process can get a little messy, but the results are well worth it. Here are some tips to keep in mind when tackling a wall texturing project yourself.

Plan Your Attack

  • Measure the walls that you're going to cover. This will give you an idea of the amount of supplies that you have to purchase. Factor in about a 10 percent overage so you don't have to go out and buy more supplies in the middle of the job.

Mixing It Up

  • Wall texturing compound is a lightweight version of drywall joint compound (called "mud" in the contracting business). You can purchase the compound premixed in various sizes, from just a few ounces up to 25-pound pails. Texturing compound also comes in a powdered form that is mixed with water. Follow the manufacturer's instructions for your specific mix. In general, you want a mixture with enough thickness to form peaks and valleys, similar to cake frosting. Tints for the texture can also be added at this stage, but if you're going to be painting the wall, it's not really necessary.

Tools of the Trade

  • You can choose to apply the compound with a trowel or a blower powered by compressed air. For big jobs, you can rent the machines from a hardware or specialty store. Be sure to keep a ladder handy to reach all the way up the wall.

Go Wild

  • This is the fun part. Before the texture mixture is dry, you can run a number of different shaping tools through it to get the look you want. Texture combs, brushes, rollers and sponges applied in just the right fashion to your walls can give you the look of rock, masonry, suede and even denim. Experiment on a scrap piece of drywall or cardboard to practice your technique.

Let There Be Color

  • Once you've applied the texture, you need to let it dry for 24 hours. Before you paint, you need to paint the texture with primer. This seals the new texture and helps protect it. Then you can paint your next textured wall.

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