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Wall to Wall Details: Drywall Ceiling Swirl Finish

Wall to Wall Details: Drywall Ceiling Swirl Finish

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May 13, 2008

So you've come to the end of your drywall project.  The joists are done, the drywall is looking good, and you have decided that you should be a professional contractor, because you are so proud of your work. Well, before you get too excited, remember that you need to look for any mistakes, especially in the ceiling.  If you find any irregularities in the drywall ceiling, a swirl finish or other type of ceiling texture can cure your ills.

So why is it so important to thoroughly check your drywall for problems?  Well, think about the way the light will hit the walls, especially the ceiling.  As light falls on the ceiling from either a lamp or from the windows, it will graze along the drywall and bring out every little imperfection in the drywall.  A drywall ceiling swirl finish or other type of drywall texture can really help to cover these obvious problems.

Drywall Ceiling Swirl Finish

Drywall ceiling swirl finish, as well as any other type of drywall texture finishes that you can think of to put on the ceiling like stippling or splattering, use a texture compound.  This texture compound is usually made up of a special drywall "mud", drywall paint, and aggregate.  Aggregate is actually composed of tiny pieces of plastic or stone that create a texture on the ceiling.

Many people know what a "popcorn" ceiling looks like, and essentially, that is one kind of texture you can use.  But a more attractive and less distracting texture is the drywall ceiling swirl finish.  This is where you apply the texture compound and then smooth it out with a knife.  Once the compound is smooth you can use a stiff bristle brush like a paint brush to create a pattern of swirls in the texture compound.  Of course this needs to be done before the texture compound is dry; otherwise, you will not have a drywall ceiling swirl finish, you will have a flattened texture finish.  You can also do a stippling finish using a stiff bristled brush.  Instead of swirling the wet texture compound, simply place the bristles and pull away from the ceiling to create a pointy finish.

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