August 4 2009

How to Texture Your Walls In Your Home

by jim

Painting the walls in a textured pattern has become most popular home decorating projects around; but how does one achieve that coveted finish? The secret, it seems, is that the texture is not achieved with paint at all – instead, the proper material to use is drywall.

When does the paint come in? Not until the drywall is, well, dry. After purchasing your drywall product (a knowledgeable hardware or emporium store clerk can help you choose the right brand and size once you describe your project), select a paint color to go on over the drywall finish – then, it’s time to get started.

How To Texture Walls

What type of texture should you choose? There is no shortage of tried and true patterns to apply to the walls; or, you can certainly make up your own. No matter which pattern you go with, the trick is to apply it carefully and evenly. It is not unheard of for a hastily applied drywall pattern to look great when it goes on and is wet – only to prove quite unattractive once it dries. And unfortunately, the paint is not guaranteed to mask it. To that end: If getting it “just right” is intimidating, you may want to consider a very simple drywall pattern as a preventive measure.

Most often, the textured paint we admire on walls is one of three patterns: lace, swirl, or skip trowel. How are they done? A brief description of each follows. Lace is achieved with a stiff bristled brush. Pat the wall with the brush to create a “pointy” texture. Let sit for 5-10 minutes to dry before knocking down or flattening out the points. The result is a lace-like pattern. For swirl, always use a trowel; a short swirling motion with the hand will create a repetitive swirl in the wall. Unlike the other two finishes, skip trowel, requires a textured plaster, which will produce a vibration under the trowel and result in the desired effect.

Running into some obstacles? No worries. Many people use a combination of these techniques to create their own distinctive finishes – making their homes all the more unique. 


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