How to Texture Paint Your Walls

How to Texture Paint Your Walls

Types of Texture Paints



The first thing is to choose a texture or pattern. They can be used even to add extra beauty to the ceiling or to repair the unwanted seam lines. There are many types of textures, such as:

  • Smooth texture paint
  • Sand texture paint
  • Knockdown texture
  • Popcorn texture
  • Orange peel texture

If you want to know more about the various types of ceiling textures, then read our blog, which has 20+ unique texture types and decide which one you want on your wall or ceiling. After you pick one texture, it’s time to start the process.


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Mixing and Filling the Hopper

Orange peel is a “splatter” type texture that involves spraying plaster in a pattern over your readied walls. This means that you’re going to need a gun and air compressor to get a good spray going. Technically, you can do it by hand, too, but this method is best left to the pros.

If you don’t just have a hopper gun and air compressor lying around next to the cereal bowls, don’t worry. You can rent one from a home repair store, or if you feel like it, you can purchase one for a couple hundred bucks. Just make sure that the hopper gun you get has an air adjustable valve. Also, you don’t have to go crazy with your air compressor size—a smallish one will do the job, as long as it can manage about 100 pounds of pressure.

Your next step is to get mixing! About one bucket of mud per room is the ratio here—mix it up using a drill with a paddle attachment or a mud masher until it’s about the consistency of pancake batter.

Fill your hopper up about half to three-quarters of the way full, and set the nozzle on your air compressor to 100 pounds. Take a deep breath. You’re ready to get shooting.

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Drywall Mud Tips and Tricks

  1. Try using a paint roller to apply the compound to the wall, then remove some of the drywall mud to create a pattern.
  2. Experiment, because drywall mud is exceptionally forgiving, allowing you to reapply or remove as needed.
  3. Be sure to give all texture 24 hours to dry before applying paint. If you wish to dry it faster, place a fan facing the desired space.

Abstract Texture Painting

1. Pour roughly equal amounts

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  • Mix equal amounts of the two blues onto a silicone paint-mixing mat, once the base coat is completely dry.

2. Work the two blues together

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  • Use a piece of stiff cardboard and a scraping motion to blend the paint.

3. Move to the wall

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  • Use the cardboard to create the biggest layer of color by softly scraping and varying pressure as you move along, angling the cardboard and using one or two hands.
  • Let the creamy base color show through in spots.

4. Add a few accents

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  • Blend some warm taupe with bits of the two blues that remain on the mat, and use the cardboard to apply it here and there.

5. Create a blue-gray

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  • Tint white with smaller amounts of the two blues and a bit of the taupe; apply as in Step 3.
  • Do a final sweep with white, allowing glimpses of the colors underneath to show through.
  • Allow white to dominate in some areas, blue-green in others.

6. Smooth the layers

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  • Use sandpaper to take care of any hard edges, then add sheen with a buffing pad.
  • Seal the wall with a layer of wax, if you wish.
  • Flatter the finished wall with a shapely furniture piece in front of it, and keep the rest of the decor clean and simple.

How to Texture a Wall

Today in this blog, we’re going to tell you four different ways to texture a wall. So whether you want an orange peel or ridged texture on your wall or ceiling, by following these simple steps, you can achieve any pattern or texture. so, let’s begin with the first method:

1. How to Texture a Wall with Joint Compound



  • The first step is to clean the walls, then let them completely dry.
  • Now combine the joint compound with the water as per the instructions written on it. It should have a consistency of a thick batter.
  • Use a wide putty knife or a trowel to spread it on the wall.
  • And after that, whatever texture you want, you can use the tools accordingly to create the desired texture.

TIP: For example, if you want a cross-hatched texture, use a notched trowel and draw lines in the joint compound. 

  • Once you textured the entire wall, check whether there is any requirement to do touch-ups. Add the joint compound in the required spaces.
  • Before you start painting, allow this to dry completely for at least 24 hours.

2. How to Texture a Wall with a Texture Sprayer



If you want to texture your wall in the orange peel or in popcorn texture, you’ll definitely need a sprayer. By the way, it is the easiest way to texture a ceiling or wall.

Just follow these steps:

  • The first step is always cleaning the surface of the wall. Whether you’re texturing your wall or ceiling,  first clean them and then leave them to dry.
  • Then cover all the furniture, floors as you don’t want to ruin them, right?
  • Combine the joint compound with water then add it to the sprayer’s hopper.
  • After adjusting the nozzle, use slow motions to spray onto walls.
  • After you’re done spraying on the whole wall, leave it for dry for at least 24 hours, then you can start painting.

3. How to Texture a Wall with a Sponge



With the help of a simple paint sponge, you can create a beautiful faux can also finish this in less time as it takes less time in drying. So let’s know how to do this sponging technique: 

  • If you want two texture wall effects, then first paint the wall in a base color and let it dry completely.
  • After that, soak your sponge in the paint of different contrasting colors or the same color (depending on what kind of texture you want) for a more striking and elegant look.
  • Then dab dab dab..repeat this step to create a random texture pattern until the entire wall is filled with the design. 

TIP: For more natural patterns, use sea sponges, and for uniform & rectangular patterns, use a synthetic sponge. Both are easily available in the market.

4. How to Texture a Wall with a Roller



Another easy way to texture a wall is by using a paint roller. This is a very simple technique and also quite popular among people. You can use this technique to create both kinds of texture: textured paint or faux finish.

Texturing with Joint Compound or Textured Paint 

  • You already know the first two steps, right? Yes, clean the walls and mix the joint compound with water.
  • After that, pour this mixture into a paint tray, then soak the roller in it, and roll over on the wall.
  • Wait for some time so that the joint compound will settle on the wall, then again roll over.
  • By doing this, a wonderful 3D texture will occur on the walls, which look absolutely beautiful. 
  • Use a brush for the corners and then let it dry for 24 – 48 hours.

Texturing with Paint for a Faux Finish 

  • After cleaning the wall or ceiling, paint the wall in a base color and allow it to dry.
  • Then take a stencil or a thick nap roller and with the help of a complimentary glaze paint the wall. You can also use the secondary color. That’s it!! and your faux finished wall is ready!!

TIP: If you want something different and unique you can achieve it by using various types of painting tools and techniques.



Knocking Down the Compound

knifeWhen knocking down the compound, you’ll definitely want to use a flexible blade. Without flexibility, the chances of scoring the texture are greater. Make sure you don’t let the mixture set for too long on the wall. It’s a good idea to keep a damp cloth with you so you can wipe your blade clean after knocking down a section of raised mud. You’ll want to leave the knife a little wet, so it glides over the next textured area smoothly. Once the edges and peaks have been knocked down and the mud has had a chance to firm up (but not set), use a long handled curved drywall knife to lightly smooth out the tops of the ridges and create the low profile “knocked-down” look.

PRO TIP #2: It takes practice and experience to know exactly how long to wait before knocking down the texture. If you do it too soon, the texture will be runny and simply smear. If you wait too long, small dried out pieces of mud will drag across the surface creating unsightly lines.

Depending on the temperature and humidity levels in your house, it can take anywhere from five to ten minutes for the compound to set to the desired rigidity. This can cause problems because the longer it takes the material to dry, the more vulnerable it is to failure, mold growth, cracking, and more.

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.

Make the texture compound

Once the primer is completely dry, you can mix the texture material. The compound is simple and inexpensive to DIY. In the 5-gallon bucket, combine four parts drywall compound with one part water. Use your drill with the paint mixer attachment to thoroughly mix the combo. The mixture should have the consistency of a thick pancake batter and should be smooth and easy to apply. You can also buy premade texture paint if you don’t want to make your own. Follow the manufacturer’s instructions, and stir the paint thoroughly before applying it to the wall.

Let it dry, then texture again

Timing the application of the second coat is one of the hardest steps of the process. Allow the first coat to dry about halfway. You can test how dry the texture is by pressing your thumb against the wall and removing it. The part of the wall you tried should have stiff, sharp peaks.

Roll the surface with a second layer of texture material once the first coat has reached your desired level of dryness. This process will partially pull up the dried paint or texture compound, resulting in a three-dimensional surface. Again, you can use the paintbrush for corners and crevices.


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