Drywall Texturing Techniques for Remodeling

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A texture roller, from the paint section of Home Depot
A texture roller, from the paint section of Home Depot; photo copyright 2020 Kelly R Smith

This article was updated on 07/31/20.

There is nothing quite so plain as an un-textured wall or ceiling; do you agree? Fortunately, you don’t have to be a pro or spend a lot of money to get exceptional results. Drywall texturing techniques for remodeling and original home construction are well withing the reach of anybody that indulges in the occasional DIY project. Here we list some of the most common ways to go about this DIY particular task.

Common Texturing Methods

  • The paint roller method. This one is most likely the easiest and most frugal because… it just uses a paint roller (see it in the photo above)! For instructions on any of these methods, reference the links below.
  • The knockdown texture method. This involves a bit more work but the results are impressive. This involves applying drywall mud to the surface with a tool, pulling the tool off to form ridges, and then dragging a wide floating knife across to “knock down” the ridges. Use a crow’s foot brush or see my instructions to make your own unique texture knockdown tool. I made mine to match a client’s existing texture during repairs and I’ve been using it ever since.
  • Orange peel, eggshell, or splatter texture. This is the one most frequently used by contractors. For this method you will need a compressor and a hopper, both of which you can rent. You can buy those little spray cans at Home Depot for minor repairs but they are very expensive, and in my opinion, render less-than-favorable results.

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Knowing and using these drywall techniques for remodeling will help give your home that unique look to differentiate it from all the other contractor-grade homes on the block. Go ahead; have some fun with it.

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Photo of Kelly R. SmithKelly R. Smith is an Air Force veteran and was a commercial carpenter for 20 years before returning to night school at the University of Houston where he earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Computer Science. After working at NASA for a few years, he went on to develop software for the transportation, financial, and energy-trading industries. He has been writing, in one capacity or another, since he could hold a pencil. As a freelance writer now, he specializes in producing articles and blog content for a variety of clients. His personal blog is at I Can Fix Up My Home Blog where he muses on many different topics.

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