How to Paint a Ceiling with Drywall Mudd How to Paint a Ceiling with Drywall Mudd

What You'll Need
Drywall mud
Drill with mixer attachment
Old paintbrush

If you are tired of a plain ceiling and want to create a “unique” pattern on it instead, you can use drywall mud. It is normally used to fill in cracks in drywall but you can also use it to put a beautiful pattern on your ceiling that you can create and call your own. As you read this guide, you will find that it is a very simple thing to do yourself, instead of hiring (and paying) someone to do it for you.

Step 1-Remove Furniture

Remove all of the furniture from the room you are working in to prevent the drywall mud from staining or ruining it. If it gets on your furniture, it will be nearly impossible to get it out. Also, remember to remove all pictures, mirrors, and any knickknacks you have in the room. You want the room to be completely empty so that you can work freely without the fear of breaking or ruining something.

Step 2-Combine the Drywall Mud

Pour the mud dry mixture out of the bag and mix it with water using the drill with the mixer attachment. The drill will allow the mixture to combine the drywall mud with the water more quickly and will also mix it well. This will prevent lumps and make your pattern look smoother when it dries. Also, make sure to follow all of the directions on the bag so that the mud will provides a smooth surface for painting.

Step 3-Put the Drywall Mud on the Ceiling

Climb the ladder and skim the mud onto your ceiling using the float. Make sure to use the mud on a small area so that you can make your pattern into the drywall mud before it dries. If you find you that cannot cover that amount in twenty minutes, try using a smaller area.

Step 4-Make Your Pattern

Using the paintbrush, draw your own pattern onto the ceiling. Remember to work quickly because the drywall mud dries very fast. Your fingers can also be used for making curves. Make sure to wash your hands thoroughly after using your fingers because the mud can stain your fingers.

Step 5-Repeat

Repeat all of steps 1-4 until you have a unique pattern on your entire ceiling. Once you are satisfied, let the drywall set for at least one or two days.

After the drywall mud is completely dry, you can paint it to add interesting tones and shading. You can research magazines and books at your local home improvement store for design ideas that will match your home's decor. Once everything is dry, you can replace all of the furniture back into the room.

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