How to Add Texture to a Ceiling

What You'll Need
Safety goggles
Safety gloves
Paint brush
Plastic sheets
Taping knife
Joint compound for drywall
Step ladder

It's already difficult to paint the ceiling because of its location. That makes texturizing your ceiling even more difficult than a normal painting job, but it can be well worth it when you see the results. Here is how to enhance the look of a room in your house by adding texture to the ceiling.

Step 1—Get the Room Ready

Get as much of the furniture out of the room as you can. Cover any remaining pieces and the floor with drop cloths. Remove any loose paint from the ceiling and wash off dirt and grease with a mild detergent and water. If you have used masonry or plaster to repair anything on the ceiling, allow the material to cure completely for 30 days before priming.

Step 2—Edging the Ceiling

Start the project by laying a thin coating of drywall compound along the edges of the entire ceiling. Each layer should normally be about ? inch, but if you want the texture to be very rough, apply a thicker coat. You don't have to make each application exact, as you are trying to create a varied texture.

Step 3—Making the Textures

You can create the texture you like by using a variety of tools, such as a wallpaper brush or an old paintbrush. A wet sponge can also prove useful for creating swirls and strokes on the wet surface. It's really up to you as to what texture you create and how you create it. If you like clean lines and structure, you could use a stencil pattern; on the other hand, if you like more of a controlled chaos, you might as well use your hands.