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How to Texture Sheetrock: A Beginner?s Guide

How to Texture Sheetrock: A Beginner?s Guide

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August 9, 2006

Create a Unique Look and Feel for Your Home with Textured Sheetrock

Any creative project can bring a sense of joy to the creator, and can give them a sense of satisfaction at completing something all on their own. Let your creativity shine through on your home's décor by taking on a sheetrock project. Learning to texture sheetrock displays your individual taste and decorative statement throughout you home.

The basics of how to texture sheetrock fairly simple for the average homeowner and can be a great weekend project. The project is a matter of using different tools, techniques and various forms to create unique designs. The tools you'll need, and the process you'll use, will all depend on the type of texture you want. For light texture you can use a machine and get a regular textured look. If it's swirls and shapes you want you'll need to learn how to texture sheetrock by hand.

Starting Your Sheetrock Project

As with any project, you can't just leap into it without any preparation. First, you need to make sure that your sheetrock has been properly hung by a professional installer to insure you won't experience any problems down the road. Once your sheetrock is hung and taped and the walls appear seamless, you're ready to begin. Most professional finishers prefer to prime with a wallboard sealer or primer before adding texture. 

Another major part of the preparation process is to practice the technique of texturing before you begin on your home's walls. The key to most texture projects is keeping the look and feel of the texture uniform throughout the walls you are working on. However, keeping a larger area uniform does require practice. One way to get the practice before you actually start an area is to hang larger sheets of paper on your wall and practice on the paper before you attempt the wall.

Choose Your Texture Method: Man or Machine

Most texturing is done by a machine. The best option for an inexperienced person just learning how to texture sheetrock is a hopper gun. This is a large plastic hopper mounted on a metal spray gun. You pour the texturing material into the hopper, attach the spray gun to an air compressor, and then spray the material on the surface to be textured. Variations in the texture material's thickness, the amount of air pressure and the size of the nozzle you're using will all determine the look of the texture. Two common textures are orange peel (a very light texture) and knockdown (a thicker texture).

Another method of how to texture sheetrock is to do it by hand. This method will give you the best results if you're working a smaller space, and want a varied amount of texture. Unless you've practiced and are experienced, it will be difficult to keep a uniform look. That's why if you want variety and larger textures your chances as a novice are better.

Practice Makes Perfect When Applying Sheetrock Texture

Learning how to texture sheetrock is not difficult. However, it does involve a bit of practice to fine tune your skills.  So make sure you take the time to learn how to do this project correctly, and you're sure to be more than happy with the results. Every time you look at your walls, you'll know that all the patterns and textures were created by you! If you start learning how to texture sheetrock and feel uncomfortable with the equipment, you might consider hiring a contractor to do the job for you. They can guarantee your results, and bring years of experience to the table.

Whether you decide to embark on one of these projects, or something completely different, you'll be glad that you invested in your home. To find local contractors, or learn more about any of these remodeling projects check out our other resources.

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