Texture Possibilities

Many texture options created by common tools exist for a variety of looks for your walls and ceilings.
Paint Roller

Thin all-purpose joint compound with water and apply it with a textured paint roller. You may like the effect that comes right from the roller, but you can also knock down the texture for a different look.

Crow's Foot Brush

Trowel slightly thinned all-purpose joint compound onto a wall, then lightly punch it with a brush on a pole to create a texture. The double crows foot brush in the photo is specifically made for texturing drywall and stucco, but you can experiment with nearly any type of brush. Poke, punch, or drag for a variety of effects.

Natural Sponge

Soak a natural sponge in water, then wring it nearly dry. Experiment with the effects you can achieve by daubing, swirling, punching, and rolling. Frequently change your grip on the sponge to avoid too much regularity.

Getting into Corners

Use a small brush or a fragment of a sponge to continue the texture right into the corner. If you don't finish the corner, your eyes will be drawn to the smooth surface.

Notched Trowel

Virtually any toothed tool can create texture. Choose from tiling tools that have square or V-grooves in varying depths, or choose a paint-graining comb or even a hair comb with widely spaced teeth. If you can't find a design that pleases you, make your own from wood, plastic, or metal.

Flat Trowel

A stucco-type texture usually requires two coats of unthinned all-purpose joint compound. Make the first coat just thick enough to create tool marks. After it dries, apply the second coat with a flat trowel, placing random irregular dabs of material with a skipping motion. Lightly float the trowel over the dabs to flatten them.

Bold Plaster Texture: Step 1

Using a 10-inch drywall knife, apply a 1/8-inch coat of all-purpose joint compound with random sweeping strokes. Then tap the tip in and out of the mud, creating ridges. Overlap your strokes, and work in all directions.

Bold Plaster Texture: Step 2

Gently float the knife over the surface to flatten the ridges but not disturb the low areas. Again work randomly to avoid a patterned appearance. Apply compound to the next section of wall or ceiling, overlapping into the completed area for a seamless look.


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