Drywall Paint, Textured
Today’s world provides
multiple design options for the remodeling homeowner. Painting is no exception,
and there are so many different colors and methods to choose from, it can make
your decision difficult. Textured paints are a wonderful choice, both because
of their uniqueness and their beauty.
Textured paint is a
quick and easy way to dress-up a plain wall or ceiling. It also works well for
covering imperfections or damaged areas such as nail pops in new drywall,
uneven drywall jobs, rips, dents, or dings from daily household use or nail
holes from hanging picture frames and artwork. Naturally you don’t need
imperfect or damaged walls in order to opt for textured paint; it may just be
something you do to create a new and unique finish to your room.
Using textured paints on the
ceiling or walls can give your home a more artistic feel, but for some textured
paints, you may need to be a bit artsy to make the finished product look just
Textured Paint Methods
Different paint methods can
be used to make a textured finish; some products are textured upon application
while others are simply thicker paints that can be worked with special tools to
create a texture after it’s been applied to walls or ceilings.
Not only are the products and
applications varied, the look and feel of the textures they make vary as well.
Depending on which textured paint you opt for, you can make patterns such as a
high-peak stipple effect, a heavy ridge swirl pattern, a slightly gritty
texture, or a marble-like appearance.
Each different type of paint
product will have its own method of application. Textured paints probably
shouldn’t be sprayed from a paint sprayer, as it will clog the sprayer. Some
can simply be applied with a roller or a brush, while others will require a
stiff brush, trowel, or a special textured roller.
While textured paint is a
great way to give a room a more creative feel or to hide wall blemishes, it can
be difficult to redo later. Textured finishes are difficult to take off of
walls and repainting over them requires 15 to 25 percent more paint than flat
If you’re considering using textured paint in your next home improvement project, here are a few options you may want to look into:
Crystals. You can get these little packets of sand-like granules that can
be mixed into paints to make sparkling glints of light, making the textured
flecked finish resemble beautiful rocks and minerals.
This textured paint is similar to the granite crystals, except that it is
premixed and ready for use. Sandstone will give your walls a gritty look – like
you’ve literally painted over grains of sand stuck to your walls. It’s applied
with a half-inch nap roller in a very specific formation. Be sure to follow the
manufacturer’s directions on how to apply the paint, making sure to use the
product generously for a thick even coat.
Smooth Texture Paint. With this product, you can make a finished wall with
a high peaked stipple effect or heavy ridge swirls. You must take care to prep
the walls properly before applying the smooth texture paint, so carefully read
the manufacturer’s instructions ahead of time. This paint must be applied with
a stiff brush, putty knife, or trowel, and patterns should be formed while the
paint is still wet; in three-foot areas at once and working to blend each
section into the next.
Plaster. This may be the most opulent of all the textured finishes,
creating the look of marble with “layers of rich, opaque color with delicate
tone-on-tone highlights.” Of course attaining this luxurious look can be a real
labor of love, taking three layers of paint to accomplish, each layer requiring
a different technique as specified by the manufacturer.
Today’s world provides thousands of design options for the remodeling homeowner, and painting is no exception. Textured paints are a great choice, both for their unique look and ability to hide imperfections in any wall or ceiling. Here’s what you need to get started.
The cost of painting a room with a textured finish can vary greatly, depending on the size of the room, quality of paint used, and the type of textured finish you decide on. However, as a rule of thumb, textured paint runs about $10-$15 more per gallon than regular paint. Get a couple price quotes from local house painters to learn what your project would cost.
Huge variety of paints and applications to create a customized look.
Textured paint is a quick, simple way to dress up any wall or ceiling.
Hides imperfections or damaged areas, such as nail holes in new drywall or rips, dents, or dings.
Difficult to take off walls once completed.
Textured finishes require 15-25% more paint than flat walls.
Textured paint can be tough to redo later.
Common Questions and Answers
What are some of the textured paint options available?
Here are some awesome textured paint variations:
- Granite crystals
- Orange peel
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