Make ‘Em Stand Out: How to Texture a Wall

Did you know that homeownership in the United States was 64.1% in July 2019? Since the recession in 2007-2009 ownership had been decreasing and very recently, in 2016 has begun to rise once again.

If you’re a homeowner who wants to convert your home into a bespoke space that you and your family love, or a builder who wants to create a unique house, then check out our guide on how to texture a wall.

How to Texture a Wall

Texturing walls can be a very rewarding experience and one that allows you to rid yourself of dull walls and express your personality and style.

Other people consider adding texture to a wall because they wish to hide any imperfections that exist on the wall and this way they save time and money on doing lots of little repairs.

There are many different ways you can switch up your wall texture, such as using drywall or wallpaper. We have a guide on the most common ways you can texture a wall.

Stucco Finish: Texturing Walls with Drywall Mud

Using joint taping compound, or drywall mud, you can easily create a textured wall effect that has a stucco finish. This drywall mud can be purchased at any home improvement store and is the most popular method of texturing a wall.

One reason why so many homeowners like using this type of drywall texture is because it is easy to work with. If you make a mistake when applying it you can easily wipe it away and start again.

How to Texture Drywall

The first thing you need to do before applying your drywall mud is to clean the walls and ensure they are completely dry. Then you need to water down the compound, aim to have a consistency of thick pancake batter.

Once you are ready to apply the drywall mud, you can do so by using a trowel or a wide compound knife to place the compound on. Then using a sponge, dab the drywall mud onto the wall. Dab the sponge into the mixture repeatedly until you have the desired texture.

When you are happy with the results, let the wall dry. Then you can paint your newly textured wall.

Skip Trowel Finish: Texturing Walls with Drywall Mud

Skip trowel finish can often be found in Spanish and Mediterranean style homes. This type of wall texture mimics medium stucco finishes. The application is very similar to drywall mud but requires a little more attention to detail.

People love to create the skip trowel finish look in their homes because it allows them to have a randomly textured wall that looks messy but stylish.

How to Apply Skip Trowel Finish

Similarly to applying the stucco finish, you begin by ensuring your walls are clean and dry. Then you water down the drywall mud mix.

Then using a compound knife, you apply a thin layer of the drywall mud mix. Using your knockdown knife you then run it over your base layer of compound. The angle of the knife to the wall should cause the compound to ‘skip’ across the surface, which leaves you with a unique texture.

After you are happy with the textured wall let it dry and then add some paint to it.

Grasscloth Wallpaper

If you don’t want to commit to texturing an entire wall, and just want to see whether the style suits you, then you can use grasscloth wallpaper. This type of textured wallpaper works best in homes that have a natural or bohemian aesthetic.

Grasscloth wallpaper can be made from linen, hemp, arrowroot, or raffia. Applying this textured wallpaper is similar to applying basic wallpaper and it can be bought in stores or online.

How to Apply Grasscloth Wallpaper

Firstly, you need to measure your wall space and cut the grasscloth to the right size.

Then you need to apply a wallpaper primer, following which you need to apply a layer of heavy-duty clear wallpaper adhesive. (Extra caution must be taken to ensure you don’t get the adhesive on the grasscloth wallpaper, as it is harder to wipe off compared to regular wallpaper.) Afterward, you can apply the grasscloth to your wall.

Wood Plank Walls

If you are looking to add texture to your walls but don’t think you can afford it, think again! Adding wood planks to your wall is totally affordable and looks very stylish.

Wood plank walls can add a rustic feel and really be a striking visual in your home.

How to Apply a Wood Plank Wall

Firstly you need to measure your wall space. Then using a hand saw and miter box you need to cut the pieces of wood you need to the right size.

Apply a layer of adhesive to the back of your wooden planks and place them how you want on your wall. Complete the look by adding some nails on each end of the plank.

Once you are happy with your wood planks, you then need to apply a sealant (this step can be skipped if you aren’t using treated wood).

Finally, you can choose to paint or stain your planks, depending on what kind of look you are going for.

If you like the idea of wood planks, but don’t want to go through all the hassle, then you might want to try 3D wall panels. There are many benefits of 3D wall panels, for example, they can be installed quickly and they’re easy to maintain.

Transform Your Home With Textured Walls

Every now and then you might get bored with your home’s interior design and wish to change it. If that is the case you might consider remodeling your kitchen or bathroom. But if you don’t have the money for a complete renovation then you might want to consider redecorating your home.

Redecorating can be as simple as giving your home a fresh lick of paint or as impressive as transforming your rooms with our guide on how to texture a wall.

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