While the ceilings and walls are just some parts of your home, they play an important role in improving your home's overall appearance. Here are some guidelines on how you can create quality wall and ceiling textures -
Prepare the Needful Materials
First, you need to choose from the different varieties of textures ranging from thin, medium and thick sets. Be sure to measure the ceilings and walls where you will apply the textures on.
Buy ample texture supplies such as a trowel, joint compound, a basin that comes in the right size so that you can easily mix the primer and the compound. Make use of large paper or plastic sheets on your floor. These will catch the mess that you are about to create because of the texturing project. Remember to tape the edges of the plastic or paper sheets so that they won't budge once you start the task.
Next, remove the stains on the ceiling and on the walls, making sure that you cover big cracks with a tape. You can go back to these and texture them later.
Time to Get Started
As soon as you have checked that you have prepared and purchased all the necessary materials for the texturing process, then you can begin with the job.
Start by rolling the water-based primer all over the ceiling and onto the walls. Wait until they are completely dry before you move on to the next part of the process. While you are still waiting for the primer to dry, try to experiment on a piece of cardboard or scrap wood the kind of texture that you would want to achieve. Practicing your strokes will minimize any errors that could occur once you start texturing. Be sure to achieve uniform texture throughout the surface.
Once the primer dries, dip the trowel in the bucket then apply the joint compound onto the ceilings and walls. Remember the strokes that you did on your practice cardboard surface. Be sure to spread the compound evenly. Repeat the strokes of your trowel using a fanning movement.
As you place more pressure, remember that the texture will become thinner. The lighter your hand is, the heavier the texture will become. Make sure that you use the same procedure throughout the covered area in order to get a uniform look.
Paint only once the texture has completely dried. You will be able to tell if it is already dry if it is already chalky. You may want to use the skip trowel or the orange peel (knock down) process of texturing. The orange peel process involves spraying a thinned drywall compound to the walls and ceilings. What you achieve is a rough texture that is quite similar to the orange peel.
The skip trowel process can be achieved by spot spraying thinned drywall compound on a clean surface. As soon as the spots have stuck, you can then make them finer by flattening the tops of bigger spots. This whole process brings about flat, small and smooth areas all within the texture.