Prep your space

Drywall work can get really messy so take a little time to prep your space before you start mixing your joint compound. Cover the floors, furniture, appliances, etc, and seal off the room you’re working on to contain the dust to that room.  If you just jump in and start skim coating, you’ll probably end up cleaning drywall dust out of every nook and cranny of your house for a few months.


How Do You Achieve These Texture On Your wall?

Yes, you are right we can achieve texture on our wall with the help of a texture roller and joint compound (mud).

Nowadays most people want to make their home more beautiful, decorative, and more appealing so they go with different techniques to make their home more beautiful and more appealing. Texturing to the wall is also one of these techniques.

Texturing is very easy to apply on your wall with the help of drywall mud by using different tools like a roller with a pattern, brush, trowel, mud knife, hawk, comb, slap brush, sponge with a pattern and so many.

By using these various tools you can give different looks to your wall.

Nowadays the roller with a cut pattern is trending because various patterns are available in the roller and with the help of these patterns you can give different looks to your wall very easily and it is not time-consuming.

So here we will see how to texture drywall with a roller and mud,

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Apply joint compound to wall

Work in small sections at a time. The mud is watered down so it will dry fairly quickly and you have to apply it to the wall and then skim it smooth. I generally work in 4’x4′ sections. Depending on the temperature and humidity of the room you’re working in, you may be able to do larger sections.

Using a thick nap paint roller, apply a generous amount of mud to the wall.  Using a roller allows you to get more compound on the wall faster than if you were scooping it out with a taping knife. You can pour joint compound into a roller tray or dip the roller directly into the 5 gallon bucket. 

I generally prefer the bucket method because it’s faster but it is also messier because the excess mud drips off the roller as you pull it out of the bucket.

Spray Sand Ceiling Texture

The spray sand ceiling texture is exactly what it sounds like! Sand is mixed with primer, water, or very thin mud, and then sprayed onto the ceiling through a hopper gun (shown here). When done properly it gives a textured surface that doesn’t crack and separate like an orange peel texture. Often applied as a subtle accent, spray sand is primarily found on ceilings, but can be found on walls, as well.

Working with a drywall hopper is a skill that can save massive amounts of time. In that way, it’s much like learning how to tape drywall with a banjo.

Texturing Walls with Paint

Many of the major paint manufacturers offer a line of textured paints. Such products work similarly to drywall mud, but because they are comparatively more difficult to remove, they require greater precision.

For example, when using textured paint, you must work quickly to cover the entire surface before the coat dries. If one area dries before you’ve covered the next, rigid lines may appear at their intersection.


That said, textured paint goes on simply with a standard paint roller and a brush to cut in at edges and corners. Two coats are typically needed, one for the base and another as the finishing layer.

Because textured paints are available in only a limited range of hues, you may wish to pursue a different option—namely, a paint texture additive, which can be mixed with any color of regular paint you like.  

Tools Materials for Texturing

Texturing drywall can be a very quick and easy process as long as you have the proper tools and materials. You might have most of the following items—if not, they are available at Freedom Materials or at your local building hardware store. Make sure you have the following when texturing drywall:

  • Drop cloths and plastic sheeting;
  • Drywall knife and trowel;
  • Drill and paint mixer attachment;
  • Paint, paint brush, and paint tray;
  • Paint roller and cover;
  • Painter’s tape and sponge;
  • Drill and paint mixer attachment; and
  • Drywall compound and drywall primer.

Having all the right tools and materials for your texturing job is crucial to ensure that your texturing project is a success. Once you have all the necessary tools, you can decide how you want to texture your walls.

Step 3

Work in about a 2-foot area by pulling the compound down and down, then back and forth in smooth motions until it begins to set a little bit. As it dries, the compound becomes harder to scrape, so the final swipes with the taping knife can create a fairly smooth surface without a bunch of seam lines.  You can see the difference between the skim-coated surface on the bottom of this shot, and the textured wall below. What a difference!

You can see that the compound can have bubbles in You can see that the compound can have bubbles in

You can see that the compound can have bubbles in it, and you may notice some air bubbles forming as you spread the mud on the walls. Don’t worry, you’ll easily be able to smooth those out further as the coating dries, and even add more mud if you need to.

As you finish spreading in one area, scoop anotherAs you finish spreading in one area, scoop another

As you finish spreading in one area, scoop another inch or so of mud and move onto the next area. With the large knife and some efficient scraping, you’ll be able to make great time. I was able to start and finish the bathroom skim coat in about 4 hours.

Spraying the Mixture

You can choose between 3 different sized tips for the hopper: small, medium and large. You can spray the mixture lightly to create a fine texture or heavily to create a more rugged look. Usually a medium texture works great with an air control valve so that you can turn your pressure up and down. When applying knockdown, we recommend using a setting of around 40 psi, because you don’t want it to spray too fast.

Keep a consistent speed when applying knockdown drywall. We recommend that you do not move the sprayer too fast or too slowly. You’ll have to practice in order to find the best speed to use when applying the spray-on mixture. Do not overload the spray surface and remember to use the right spray pressure. The speed of application must remain constant over the drywall being finished.

PRO TIP #1: If you don’t have a hopper gun or don’t want to use a sprayer, you can still achieve a nice knockdown finish without it. You can even achieve similar texture patterns with a paint roller. You may need to thicken or thin the mixture to achieve certain patterns, and you can give it more body by adding a small amount of sand or mica.

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Things You’ll Need

  • Plastic drop cloths
  • Stickpins
  • Drywall joint compound
  • Texture paint in sand, popcorn or Venetian plaster consistencies
  • Small whisk broom or stipple brush
  • Hair comb
  • Window squeegee
  • Trowel
  • Drywall knives
  • Paint roller or double paint roller
  • Metal spatula
  • Wood grain tool


Pour a small amount of clear water into the mud and stir with a stomper, which resembles a potato masher on a pole, or an electric drill and a paint mixing attachment. Mix the mud until it has a uniform consistency, then add more water. Continue until the mud has the consistency you need for texturing.

Bas-Relief Drywall Finish

Occasionally, drywall texture types surpass standard craft and enter the realm of art. A bas-relief is a sculpture that seems to emerge from the wall itself. Not commonly seen because of the possibility for damage and the level of craft required to pull it off, it is nonetheless one of the most fascinating drywall finishes still being used today.

Of course, drywall mud isn’t the only unusual material that can be sculpted. If you’d rather start with something less permanent, here are 14 incredible ice and snow sculptures for inspiration.

Drywall Mud Crosshatched Pattern

What You’ll Need

What You’ll Need

  • A notched trowel or a squeegee with indentations cut out
  • Joint taping compound

What To Do

  1. Clean and dry your walls.
  2. Add a small amount of water to the compound to make it like thick pancake batter.
  3. Apply the joint compound to the wall with either a trowel or a wide putty knife.
  4. Use the trowel or squeegee to create a line that reaches wall to wall.
  5. Work in one direction, then move in the perpendicular direction and spread the compound to produce the desired crosshatch pattern. Notches will create horizontal indents, then vertical, then back to horizontal, almost like a checkerboard. It will look like a woven fabric up close when you have finished.

Tools Needed

To smooth your textured walls with a skim coat, you will need:

  • All-Purpose Joint Compound  – (Sold at Home Depot – bucket is is the best.)
  • 10-12 inch Taping Knife
  • 14 inch Mud Pan
  • Smaller putty knives for details


Continue adding water to make the mud the same consistency as enamel paint if you plan to roll it on the wall with a paint roller to get an eggshell or stippled texture.

Preparing the Compound

Before creating any knockdown texture, you’ll want to make sure you tape off the area to be finished and have sanded down the walls.

Here’s how to prepare the compound:

  1. Add Water to the Bucket. You definitely want to put water in the bucket first and not the compound; that way you don’t get clumps or hard spots when you add the powder to the water.
  1. Add Mud or Compound. Pour the proper amount of water in a second bucket. Standard, all-purpose joint compound will work best for this project. You can use either dry compound or ready-mix compound. Avoid compounds that contain sand or grit (unless you want a unique look). Plain mud works best for this type of texture. You should also avoid lightweight compounds. These formulas scratch more easily and may not accept the texturing as well as all-purpose compounds do.
  1. Mix to the Consistency You Want. For knockdown texture, never use mix that contains aggregate. Continue to add water and powder until you have a bit more mix than you think you’ll need. Better to waste some mud than to run out before you’re done. Set the mixture aside for about 15 minutes to allow for complete water absorption. You don’t want the mix thickening in the hopper. You must be able to spray the mixture with the hopper gun, so it should be about the consistency of pancake batter or thick paint.

Tips For Texturing a Wall

  • Don't use a thick-nap roller cover as this picks up too much texturing compound, making it difficult to roll out.
  • Work fairly quickly since drywall compound that's spread out dries fast.
  • For texturing effects like knock-down, have an assistant follow you with the drywall knife as you roll out the texture.
  • For thick wall texture that's drying too slowly, increase heat in the room or turn a fan on low to encourage drying.

How are textured walls achieved?

Typically, the texture is sprayed on; sometimes patterns are added, either with a soft brush or an implement like a comb, rag, or sponge. And the textures and patterns have names: For example, there’s Santa Fe (for an adobe look), “orange peel,” “knockdown,” “swirl,” and “cat’s paw.” It’s also possible to apply ready-made texture paint using a brush or roller.

 Above: The type of texture you might want to get
Above: The type of texture you might want to get rid of: unsightly ridges, shown here on a ceiling (which the homeowners covered up with beadboard). See their solution at Rehab Diaries: DIY Beadboard Ceilings, Before and After.


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