How to Use a Crows Foot Brush

What You'll Need
Crows Foot Brush
Drywall Compound

A crows foot is a tool that is used by painters, often for interior projects on the walls of rooms where you would like to apply a pretty texture. Textured walls add extra enhancement, design qualities and styles to various living spaces. Read on for a quick how to use a crows foot brush the proper way. Keep in mind that this is a messy project. Make sure you wear old clothing. If working on a ceiling, put on a pair of protective goggles and glasses.

Step 1 - Prepare the Room

The room should be prepared properly. Move any furniture from the room and protect the floors with several overlapping drop cloths Tape the drop cloth at the corner to insure adequate protection. Take a bucket and add mild soap and water solution and submerse a clean cloth or sponge into the cleaning solution. Clean the walls completely. Allow the walls to dry several hours before your begin your painting and texturing work.

Step 2 -  Add the Drywall Compound

Pull out at least a bucket that can hold 5 gallons. Empty a bag full of drywall compound into the bucket and mix completely with water. Follow the instructions provided on the drywall compound packaging and add the appropriate amount of water. When mixed completely, the drywall compound should feel like it has the consistency of a milkshake. Do not add all the water at once to prevent over-thinning the compound.

Take a paint dry and fill it with the mixed drywall compound. Roll on the drywall compound onto the wall surface. The drywall compound should be rolled on so that it is approximately 1/8-inch thick. Work in small sections. Do not exceed 36 feet square.

Step 3 - Add the Texture

Take the crows foot brush and add it to the end of a paint pole. Touch the top of the brush to the wall or the ceiling. Using a tamping motion, touch the brush to the ceiling or the wall. Use small sweeping motions. Repeat the process to create the texture on your wall or ceiling. If you twist the pole with the crows foot brush on the end, then you will create a rotated texture on the walls.

If you choose to not use the initial compound as your base roll, then you can simply use your crows feet brush and dip it into the drywall compound that is in the bucket or in the paint tray. Once you have some compound on the brush, apply the brush to the ceiling or to the wall. Use the same type of motion you used in the other scenario but you will need to press a littler harder and shake the roller or brush so that the compound falls off onto the wall or the ceiling. Both types of applications develop a really neat looking texture.