Walk into your house and look at your walls, do they manage to grab your attention, or do they look plain and boring, like a dull canvas that is devoid of inspiration of any sort. If your answer is ‘Yes’, then you probably are bothered by the most boring walls ever.
To get the better of this predicament, you have at your disposal tons of options, but out of all the options available, few come close to being as good as texturing. Texturing is a great way of decorating your walls, without having to spend way too much. Texturing also scores high in the department of rarity, which only goes on to say that textured walls aren’t a common sight in houses all over the world.
You can make the walls of your house that much more unique by adding designs to your textures and taking it from there. Read on to discover for yourself guidance on how to texture walls.
You Will Need
- Plastic Sheeting
- Wide-Bladed Taping Knife
- Soft-Bristled Brush
- Drywall Joint Compound
- When looking to get walls textured, the first thing to do is to purchase a large bucket of premixed drywall joint compound. Contrary to popular belief, a pre-mixed drywall joint compound is really not that difficult to find as the same can be easily found at a hardware improvement store, a hardware store, or a store that sells paints.
- Once you have zeroed in on the right pre-mixed drywall joint compound, make it a point to go ahead and also buy a wide-bladed taping knife or a straight-edged trowel. This is what will help you spread a thin coat of the compound on the wall.
- Proceed to remove everything from the chosen wall. This should include receptacle covers and switch plates. You may also want to clear furniture away from the walls and cover the same. To prevent any damage to the floor, spread waste cloths all over the same.
- If at all your walls are loaded with wallpaper, you will have no choice but to get rid of it! This is a must to do because the high moisture content of the drywall compound will cause the wallpaper to loosen, which in turn will leave you with a mess you don’t really want to be dealing with!
- With all this done, you can go ahead and apply the compound along the baseboards, corners, and tops of walls of the ceilings. As far as the thickness of the compound goes, 1/8th of an inch should do just fine, but you don’t have to be precise with thickness as variation is absolutely allowed.
- While applying the compound, make it a point to figure out how fast you can work and how efficient you are. Drywall compounds stay usable for quite some time, but this does not mean that you have to take the same for granted. Here, working in small sections is the best thing to do.
- You can now feel free to get creative. For creativity, you can use old paintbrushes, wallpaper brushes, and sponges to stroke and swirl texture onto the wet surface. You can use your fingers to come up with designs or stencils to apply pre-created designs. Using stencils is the tried and tested approach here!
- For best results, alternate between applying the compound and texturing it once it is applied. Do this until the entire surface of your wall is covered.
Following these step-by-step instructions on how to texture walls will not only leave your walls looking great but will also wow your friends and guests alike.