Textured walls can give them some depth and create an interesting look in your room. There are several different textures you could choose from and the process of creating them is pretty simple if you are handy and good with basic DIY projects. There is no limit to the textures you can create if you use your imagination, so consider the options and think about what you might like to do to your walls or ceiling.
Creating a Popcorn Texture
In many new homes, the ceiling and sometimes the walls will have a texture called popcorn. It is a rough texture that is created by spraying drywall mud onto the walls or ceiling with a special spray gun. If you want to add a texture like this to your walls or ceiling, you can rent a sprayer from and equipment rental shop and spray it yourself.
You will need joint compound or mud that has been thinned enough to work in the sprayer and the process is very messy so you will want to cover everything in the room in plastic before you start. It will take a little practice but if you spray the texture on just like spraying paint, with long slow strokes, you should get a really even coat. LAfter you are done, let it dry and then paint it.
Brushed on Textures
Brushed on textures are a little different because you do not thin the joint compound. Spread it on the wall in a thin even coat the use a brush, sponge, or trowel to make a pattern on the wall. repeat the pattern as often as you like or in any format you like until the entire wall is complete. Move on to the next wall and repeat the process.
The great thing about textures is that there is no right or wrong. You can use any tool or object that you want to achieve your own, unique look. So go ahead and make it look any way you like and if you are happy with the results, let it dry thoroughly, prime the wall, and paint it with the color of your choice. Just remember that if you leave too much joint compound or mud on the wall, it may become brittle when it dries so keep the mud thin for best results.
When your project is complete you will have something to show off to your friends and family and the sense of accomplishment that you did this yourself so have fun with it and make it your own.
Contact a company like Rio Grande Drywall Supply Co to learn more about drywall mud and its uses.