Drywall Texturing – How to Make it Fun and Easy!

For years, home improvement shows have inspired many home owners to bypass hiring professionals to complete their home renovation projects for the opportunity to save money and learn a new skill. Learning how to repair drywall or texture drywall has never been easier with the advent of the internet and stores such as the home depot which offer courses on just about everything including drywall texturing. You can also find many books that teach about drywall texturing made easy. The art of texturing is something that takes a little practice but can be easily learned. As with most things, a few good tools and some patience can produce some impressive results.

First of all, for drywall texturing made easy, find the right tools. To get started, you will need a straight-edged trowel and pre-mixed drywall joint compound. Taping and mudding your drywall is only necessary if you need to replace a damaged sheet or install corner beads. Depending on the type of texture that you choose, it is possible that you may also need a spray or a roller. Sprayers are easier to use and will provide a more consistent finish. Either way, it is probably best that you use whiche works best for you. Although there are many finishes to choose from, keep reading for a discussion of the three most popular, which are the knock down, popcorn, and orange peel finishes.

Knock down is a raised texture that looks similar to stucco. It is far less noticeable than a popcorn finish, which was hugely popular back in the 70's. To accomplish this particular finish, start with a trowel. Using the trowel, liberally apply the joint compound to the wall, forming high ridges which you will "knock down" with the trowel as it sets up. In contrast the popcorn style, the compound will not be flipped and and will be left more pronounced. The popcorn finish is wonderful for hiding your drywall's imperfections. Sand can be added to the compound to create a rough texture. Finally, the orange peel texture is one that consist of various "blobs" of texture that are sprayed on with a sprayer. The resulting texture looks, approbably like the texture of an orange peel. No matter which texture you choose, if you perform the drywall texturing made easy correctly, it is sure to add a lot of charm to your home.