How To Hand Texture Drywall

Not only does texturing give drywall aesthetic depth, it also is one technique to hide drywall imperfections. There are lots of texture designs you can choose from. Generally used to achieve faux looks, drywall textures can be in the form of brick design, orange-peel finish, knockdown look, and suede fabric appeal, among other things. Texturing can be easily done with hands, and if you are limited by a tight budget, consider doing this by yourself. Here’s how.

  • Decide on a texture design. As mentioned, there are several designs you can consider for your drywall. Some are easier to do and require the most basic of materials, while others can be a bit complicated. In any case, choose a design that you know you can do and which will fit your schedule. Remember, texturing drywall can take at least a week to complete.
  • Gather your tools. The tools to use generally depend on the design. You will use a trowel, a paint roller, paint brushes, a rag, a stencil, a sprayer, or plastic sheeting. These texturing tools are often used in combination. Aside from the tools, you should also prepare the drywall compound.
  • Apply the drywall compound. You need to put the drywall compound starting from a small area at the very top of the wall and all the way through the bottom. You can use a paint roller in applying drywall compound, since most texture finishes require this tool as compound applicator. Unlike other tools, a paint roller applies compound evenly.
  • Begin to texture your drywall. You need to use your other texturing tools for this. If you are digging for a knockdown look, you need to use a trowel to create a textured finish. Do this by poking the blobs of compound on the wall. If you want an orange-peel texture, you have to use a sprayer in achieving a splattered look. You only need to make adjustments in the nozzle, so you can make a variation of thin and thick textures. A paint brush, meanwhile, is used to create a slap brush look. You need to swirl the paint brush to get a textured design. For more textured looks, try to experiment with your other texturing tools. If you prefer, you can even use your fingers to texture drywall. You can drag them along the drywall or swirl them to create a pattern; just be sure to wear gloves.
  • Allow the compound to dry. It takes one to two days for the compound to dry. Make sure not to touch it anytime during the drying period. Touch the drywall only when you need to check if the compound has already dried, but make sure to touch it very lightly.
  • Paint the drywall. After texturing, you should paint the drywall with latex paint. Doing this will keep the drywall surface from being too powdery. Choose an interesting color for the latex paint, something that will add color to the room.

Just a tip: If you want the compound to stick to the drywall much more effectively, consider texturing when the drywall is newly installed.


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