Advice for helping you select the kind of texturing for your walls.
Texturing a Wall
- Advice for The Faltering Design Diva
It can be really ugly or very classy. It can be a great way to hide a poor job of taping drywall or it can be a case of "You should have left well enough alone!"
It can resemble suede or look as if you had a mashed potato fight weeks ago and forgot to clean up!
Texturing a wall is always an adventure!
Here are ways to make your adventure a little less harrowing:
There are two basic types of texture for walls
Sand texture: Sand stands away from the wall a little bit, giving you a slight three-dimensional look. You can get sand texture by adding sand to latex paint or by buying a pre-mixed sand texture. If you want finer texture, just add a small amount of water and mix until the texture is to your satisfaction.
Smooth texture: This texture is merely a thicker version of latex paint.
There are hundreds of ways to vary the look of these two types. You can vary the look by:
Applying a freeform finish with a texture comb.
Using coarse or deep napped rollers to apply the finish for a stippled look
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
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 sponge off the drywall paper in your haste!
Voila! A perfectly textured wall ready for that coat of Persimmon Peacock paint you have always wanted!
Psssst! I can see the next article now! -Removing Paint from Textured Walls - Advice for Repentant Design Disasters!
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