Easy Drywall Texturing Tips
Whether you have just built your home and are finally in the finishing stages, or you have repaired some cracks in the ceiling, drywall texture is probably next on your list. Though there are a lot of people who love the smooth, polished to perfection look, most people opt for textured walls and ceiling. The truth is, texturing is a lot easier to do and it has the ability to really hide certain flaws in the wall or ceiling. But you don't have to call in a professional. In our hurting economy, we're all looking for ways to save. So why not do it yourself?
There are certain tips and techniques for drywall texture that you should keep in mind if you will be doing it yourself. First, don't expect it to be absolutely perfect. Perfection is going to take a little practice, but you will definitely get it down soon enough and you will have walls that are as unique as you are. You need to stay motivated throughout the process, too. Of course it isn't going to be just what you imagined with just the first stroke! So stick to it until it is finished. Perseverance is a definite must if you plan on taking a whack at it on your own.
So once you've got yourself motivated, get started! The first thing you are going to need to do is go out and buy a great big tub of premixed drywall joint compound from your local Lowes or Home Depot or other hardware store. Also, pick up a straight edged trowel to use during application. Be sure you have everything removed from the wall or walls you plan on texturing, and that includes outlet plates and switch plates. If you have wall paper, you are definitely going to need to get that off the wall, too, before you get started. You should start applying the texture from the bottom of the wall up. So start around the baseboards. It is definitely okay if it is different thicknesses and textures. That's the whole point, after all, right? Work with small areas at a time, too. Also, work at a steady, moderate pace so you still have time to work the mud. Just continue working in this fashion until the entire wall is covered.
Anything goes when you are applying texture. There are so many ideas out there for you do incorporate into your own drywall texture designs. You can do anything from the traditional random texture, to having your children put their hand and footprints in the wall while it's still pliable. Have fun with it and make it all you.