Ways to Texture Walls

You don’t need to be an interior designer to decorate your house. Here are some easy ways to texture walls and give your home a more
refined look.

The Roller Sheetrock Technique

Required Tools and Materials

Paint roller handler (one with an extension pole and cover)
Ribbon mixer
Drill
Drop cloth
A bucket of water
Paint roller pan
Sheetrock mud (5 gallons)

Instructions

Thin the mud by adding some water. The consistency that must be attained is similar to milkshake. When it has thinned, place the mud in a container (these are the reserves). Make sure that it’s airtight. Add a cup of water to the mud (not in the sealed container).

Mix this using the ribbon mixer. Add more water if needed. Again the key is achieving the right consistency. This is one of the easiest ways to texture walls, so don’t worry it’ll take too much time to mix.

Lay the drop cloth on the work area. Sprinkle some of the thinned mud onto the roller pan. Experiment with the nap of roller until it dries to the desired level. When rolling the nap, remember the following: the faster you go, the deeper the peaks. The opposite is also true.

You can start rolling in one corner and move to the next. Or you can jump from one area to another. Although the nap will take some practice, this remains one of the fast ways to texture walls.

The Knockdown Sheetrock Technique

Required Tools and Materials

Drop cloth
A bucket of water
Paint roller pan
Sheetrock mud (5 gallons)
Drywall texturing utility
Taping knife (10”)
Mud pan

Instructions

Begin by thinning out the mud. Follow the process described earlier for preparing the mud. When the mud has thinned, dip the drywall brush in the mud. Push this in the sheetrock and take it off. Position the knife at a 45 degree angle. Drag the knife so it levels the peaks.

Remove the excess mud using the mud pan. While this takes more time than the roller technique, it’s easier to re-stomp provided you keep the mud damp.

Other Ways to Texture Walls

There are dozens of ways to decorate your walls. You can apply some stucco on the wall. This will make it the centerpiece and is perfect if you want attention drawn to it. For something smoother, you can try sponging.

The usual drywall technique will produce various effects if different brushes are used. Using trowels, sponges or rollers on drywall will create dramatic effects.

Other options are wainscoting and fabrics. For more eye catching designs you can put some tapestries or even murals. For basements, brick or stone veneer is usually used to great effect. For bathrooms, ceramic tiles are still the best option. You can also use textile wall hangings and head board paneling for some interesting designs.

Learning the different ways to texture walls can be a lot of fun. You add to your knowledge about interior home design and you save on costs too. Why bother hiring a designer when you can do the job yourself?