Wallpapers are cute but expensive when you want to redecorate a big room. Of course you can always resort to professional painters but this cost money, too! How about doing the walls yourself? Or invite your friends over to help with this project so it becomes an exciting afternoon of fun and laughter?
When your friends have confirmed and pledged their love and support by showing up (along with the condition that pizza and soda will be served), it’s time to attack this project with very minimal damage to your savings. Your last resort is texturing your wall.
It’s inexpensive (true!) and as long as you keep your expectations low will suffice if your goal is to keep your walls decent and clean.
Here’s what you need to do:
1. Purchase or prepare what you and your friend will need to get the job done.
- Long plastic sheets to cover the floor
- Duct tape to cover electrical outlets
- Bucket for the joint compound
- Wall primer
- Electric mixer for mixing the joint compound
- Large scrubs with bristles
- Roller brush or paint brush
- Mesh tape
2. Measure the walls. This is very important for determining the amount of material you need to cover the entire surface. Besides, getting to this first hand would save you the time-consuming trek of going to and fro to purchase more material.
3. Proceed to the hardware store.
- Start choosing between joint compound textures to get the thickness and consistency that you want. Make sure that the joint compound that you want to buy will cling to the wall for texturing. Home Depot gives you the option of buying a top coat, base coat, or the all purpose coat. When it comes to consistency, here’s the easiest way to choose your joint compound: TOP COAT is like COTTAGE CREAM CHEESE, BASE COAT is like WHIPPED CREAM, and the ALL-PURPOSE COAT is like, you guessed it, ALL-PURPOSE CREAM. So take your pick!
- Next up, purchase a trowel that can easily be handled, brushes, a bucket for the joint compound and then several cans of primer.
- Additionally, buy plastic sheets if you still do not have these at home.
- Lastly, any other items that are listed that you need to purchase.
4. Begin to layer the plastic sheets on the floor, baseboards, and cornices, Use your duct tape to secure the plastic in place.
5. Cover exposed electrical outlets with duct tape.
6. Take a clean mop and start cleaning your wall free of dust and smudges.
7. Cover any visible cracks with mesh tape. Pay special attention to deep cracks.
8. Apply the first coat of primer. Use a roller brush or a paint brush to do this. Let it dry completely.
9. Take the joint compound and transfer it to the bucket.
10. Power up the mixer to mix the joint compound. Set the mixer at its lowest setting. You may increase the setting as needed.
11. Practice texturing on small portion of the wall’s surface. Once the primer has completely dried, take your dry scrub. Dip it into the joint compound and start texturing on a small portion of the wall. If you fail to smooth it out on your first attempt, use the trowel to scrape the joint compound off the wall. Try again until you get the smoothness you want. Use your trowel to flatten it out with a firm fanning motion.
12. Leave it to dry.
You will know you and your friends did a great job when you achieve a chalky finish at the end of the project.