Give walls and ceilings a bold new look
Painting walls and ceilings different colors can give any room in the house a
different look. But, for something truly unique, you may want to consider
adding some texture. Texturing a wall not only enhances its aesthetic value,
it is also easy to do yourself and can be a lot of fun. There are nearly
unlimited ways to enhance a wall or ceiling with texture, so it’s really just
a matter of what kind of look you want, how much time you have to spend on the
project and how creative you feel like being. Use the following questions to
learn more about the ways in which you can texture walls and ceilings and the
materials you’ll need to do it properly:
Paints, Faux Finishes and Application
In addition to enhancing the look of a room, texturing can also be used for acoustic purposes. A popcorn ceiling can be used to dampen sound, which may be an important consideration if there’s a bedroom located above the room you’re painting. It can also cover up stains, poorly taped drywall and other imperfections or damaged sections. There are a number of special paints designed to facilitate texturing, but you can also use regular latex paints and household products like sponges and rags to add flair and style to a wall. The texture and designs you use can be as simple or as complex as you want them to be, and making that determination will help dictate what tools you’ll need to get the job done.
Texture Paints: Texture grades range from very fine to coarse. While many texture paints can be used on both walls and ceilings, some are designed specifically for one or the other. Ceiling texture paint is used to create texture on drywall, plastered ceilings and acoustic tiles. Sand texture paint features an extra-heavy bodied finish that can be used to add a gritty texture to both walls and ceilings. Smooth texture paint is slightly lighter and offers a more subtle effect. Texture paint may be premixed or come in powdered form, in which case you can add in powder until you achieve the consistency you’re looking for. Knockdown texture is tough and durable and can be painted over with virtually any color. Popcorn texture is very heavy and effectively deadens sound. Eggshell and satin finishes can be used to show the depth of texturing.
Faux Finishes: Not only is texturing an easy way to change the
appearance of a room, it’s also an economical one, since you can use ordinary
everyday objects to create a wide range of textures and designs. In addition
to actually creating textures, you can also provide walls with faux finishes,
which are used to give the appearance of texture. Faux finishes can be applied
to drywall, plaster and wood walls. Generally speaking, adding a faux finish
involves applying a base coat on top of which one or more accent colors are
added through the use of a sponge, paper, comb or other object. Latex and
alkyd-based paints can both be used for applying accent colors, and glazes can
be used as well. The chart below details some of the more commonly used ways
to create a faux finish.
|Finish||Description||Points to Consider|
|Combing||Once paint has been applied, use a comb to create various patterns.||
|Rag Rolling||Similar to sponge finishes, rag finishes involve dipping a rag into accent paint, wringing out the excess, wadding it into a ball and then rolling it along a wall.||
|Smooshing||Apply glaze to a wall and then place a plastic sheet against the wall before it dries. Remove the sheet to create a marbled pattern.||
|Sponging||Sponges are soaked in paint and then dabbed against walls or ceilings to create a random, textured pattern.||
Application: Prior to applying any kind of texture or faux finish, it’s always a good idea to practice your techniques. Use a piece of board that approximates the material of your wall or ceiling or, if you don’t have one handy, start with a section of wall inside a seldom-used closet. This will allow you to practice with the paint until you’ve gotten the right mixture or figured out the best angle for application that will give you the look you want. Existing texture will need to be stripped off prior to applying new texture. If you have a popcorn ceiling that was sprayed on many years ago, you may need to have it tested for asbestos prior to removing it.
Spray Gun: If you decide to apply a spray texture, you’ll probably need to rent a spray gun. These units will make it easy to cover large sections of walls or ceilings quickly, helping you obtain high-quality results efficiently.
Stencil/Stencil Roller: Another way to create a faux finish is by stenciling. Tape stencils to the wall, paint over them and then remove them. You can also find a stencil roller, which can be dipped in paint and then rolled across the wall to create a pattern.
Woodgraining: This process gives walls the look of wood. After a base coat of glaze is applied, a woodgraining tool is used to complete the process.
Masking Machine: If you plan to do a lot of painting, consider purchasing a masking machine. This device applies masking paper and tape quickly, saving you time and effort so you can get started painting and texturing faster.
Bring home a copy of The Home Depot’s Decorative Painting 1-2-3, and learn more about how to apply textured paints and faux finishes to your walls.
Find all the brushes, rollers and sprayers you will need to complete your painting project at The Home Depot.