Installing Hand-Troweled Drywall Texture Installing Hand-Troweled Drywall Texture

What You'll Need
Paintbrushes (old)
Plastic sheeting
Soft-bristled brush
Drywall joint compound
Drywall taping knife

Creating drywall texture on your home's walls or ceilings can be an effective way to give your home charm and a unique personality. You can customize the texture to match furnishings and décor. You can also choose to have the same style of textured walls in all your rooms or create a unique design in each room. All it takes is a little imagination, a few tools, and a few instructions.

Step 1 – Collect Tools and Materials Needed

If you don't have the materials and tools listed above, you can purchase them at your local hardware store or home improvement center. You'll be spreading your drywall mud in a thin coat, therefore, drywall knives and a straight edge trowel that are wider will work best for this project.

Step 2 – Protect Furniture and Carpets

This process can be quite messy, so you'll need to remove furniture from the room where you'll be texturing. If you can't remove it, you should take the time to cover it. Using plastic for this will save you from having to launder sheets or blankets you might otherwise use. Use a drop cloth or plastic to cover carpeted floors.

Step 3 – Remove Wallpaper and Wall Furnishings

If your walls are covered with wallpaper, remove it by soaking it with a wet sponge, or steam it. Peel off all the wallpaper. Use a wide taping knife to remove any paste left on the walls. Remove mirrors, paintings, framed photos, or other wall furnishings. Also, remove all nails, screws, or picture hangers attached to your walls.

Step 4 – Apply your Texturing Mud

To create a fine texture on walls and/or ceilings, apply a thin layer of your drywall mud, typically about 1/8 inch thick. If you prefer a more coarse texture, apply a thicker layer of mud. You may need to thin the premixed mud by adding a small amount of water and mixing until you get the right thickness. Use your hand trowel to spread your mud. If you can work fast with your texturing covering an entire wall or ceiling, this will give you a more consistent texture pattern. If you find your mud drying too fast, work in smaller sections one at a time and blending the borders of each section.

Step 5 – Texturing

Before texturing your entire wall or ceiling, experiment with a few different methods and tools until you find a texture pattern you like best. Use tools that create a variety of effects. Try a coarse bristle brush, various types of stencils, cookie cutters, sponges, even your hands and fingers. Use anything that creates a consistent design. Try daubing, making swirls or concentric lines. Start with a small area and try a variety of textures. If you need to start over, scrape off your texturing mud, reapply a new coat, and try again.  Make your pattern repetitious. Follow this pattern on your complete wall or ceiling. When finished, allow the texturing to dry before cleaning up your floors and replacing furniture and wall furnishings.

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