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A Textured Wall

A Textured Wall

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If you are trying to save money by doing the drywall taping in your remodeled room yourself, you might find yourself in the midst of a disaster. You may have discovered, to your dismay, that your drywall taping skills are not up to standards - anybody's standards. The good news is: there is a way to cover that less than stellar taping job. You can texture your wall. But the bad news is: wall texturing can resemble suede or look as if you forgot to clean up after last Friday's mashed potato fight.

Mixing. The texture mixture is basically a watered down drywall mud/joint compound. Add water to ordinary premixed joint compound or much and thin it to a consistency similar to thick pancake batter.

Application.The mixture can be applied with a flat trowel or a texturing gun that works with an air compressor. These can be rented by the day. Both ways will be time consuming because there is a testing period for both to discover which technique, pressure, and hole size (for the gun) works best for you.

Tools. Try these tools or techniques to produce the look you want:

  • Applying a freeform finish with a texture comb.
  • Using differing degrees of pressure to apply the finish to the wall
  • Using a broom to apply the finish using taps and turns to get the texture you want
  • Using patterned rollers to apply specialty finishes. You can make finishes that look like brick, stone, old masonry, fossils or even suede.
  • Using a sponge

Making a mess. The variations which you can achieve are only limited by your imagination and good taste. Your salvation may be the fact that you can sponge it off and try again. But be careful not to scrub off the drywall paper underneath. Then you will have a REAL mess!

Oh! And by the way, never be tempted to texture over wallpaper. The compound is heavy and the paper will come off under the weight and moisture. And that REAL mess I mentioned above? It pales in comparison to wallpaper and drywall mud.

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