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How to texture a Wall like a Pro

Updated on November 6, 2012

If you want to texture a wall like a pro, but don’t have the equipment to spray it on and roll it out, don’t sweat it, there are special rollers that resemble a relief map that will allow you to create the rich texture you find in many of the new homes today. These special textured rollers can be found at any hardware store. There are rollers that create light to medium to heavy textures depending on the effect you desire.

Sheet rock mud is used to create the texture so it isn’t necessary to paint a primer on the sheet rock. In fact if you add paint to the sheet rock mud, you don’t have to paint the wall, just apply the tinted texture.

In order to obtain the exact color you desire you will need to have the paint mixed at a slightly darker tone. This is because the sheet rock mud is white and it will tone down the color slightly. When the wall dries if you are not satisfied with the color you may want to repaint the wall the exact color you want.

When you texture a wall it is best to do the whole room in one session. Whatever process and tools you use to start for the sake of consistency continue to use them. If you use a roller only, continue with that. If you us a roller then flatten the texture with wide putty knife, continue to use that method. To reach the corners of the room use a 90 degree corner paint tool or use a sponge to reach the corners.

Some interesting variations for a textured wall are achieved with a heavy textured application of tinted sheet rock mud. When the wall has dried a coat of wall stain is lightly brushed on and rubbed off with a soft rag. This process leaves a three toned surface. The paint will show through, along with areas of dark stained crevasses and lighter stained areas.

Use thick applications of mud along with the staining process to create an even more dramatic effect. The sheetrock mud will dry crackled and the stain will flow into the cracks.

Stain can also be used on a lightly textured wall to add a subtle effect to the wall. When the stain is applied to a smooth wall like the one in this photo; brown paint with brown stain, it looks like wood. Here is the same color of wall and stain on a slightly textured surface than has been rolled then scraped with a wide putty knife. The effects of this process give a subtle but rich texture to a wall.

The combination of colors with texture is as endless as imagination.

Examples of texture



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      Edwin Brown 

      5 years ago from Oregon, USA

      Interesting hub. As someone who does professional texturing work for paying clients, I was interested in seeing how you go about the process.

      Your texture patterns are quite different from the ones I do, but they are certainly unique and pleasing for the right situations. Do you work for clients or just for yourself?

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      His princesz 

      6 years ago

      Wow..I'm amazed. Professional , indeed. Thanks for sharing ruthieonart!:) Voted up and useful :)

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      Bev G 

      6 years ago from Wales, UK

      Would love to see some photos of examples :-)


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