Do It Yourself: How, And Why, To Apply A Ceiling Texture

Learn how and why textured ceilings are applied.

Applying a texture to ceilings has been around for years, as people change their d├ęcor, they also change the look of their ceiling to complement the room. The ceiling can add or take away from the room depending on the color and texture. Once a popular finish, popcorn texture is now being replaced with more updated textures such as orange peel.

Popcorn texture can be a real nuisance if brushed up against and many contractors who have hung ceiling lights in many rooms have been known to walk away wearing sections of the ceiling. Once this happens, it is hard to replace the obvious spot that is now an eyesore. Another reason for putting on a texture is to hide uneven drywall and drywall that has become warped and stained in sections. The texture will virtually hide any imperfections. Orange peel actually looks like the name it was given. It has a rough finish that resembles the peel of an orange.

To apply a texture to your ceiling, you will need to rent a drywall texture hopper. Renting one will cost you a small fraction of the cost of buying one. A drywall texture hopper can be rented at any tool rental store. This hopper attaches to an air compressor. You can adjust just how much texture you want and how thick the coverage will be. If removing old texture such as popcorn, you will have to scrape and repaint the ceiling first.

Buy yourself a drywall texture removal tool. This handy tool has a bag on the end for catching all the debris that is being removed and protects you from being covered with the dust. Before doing so, check with your local Environmental Protection Agency and have them check for any sign of asbestos. Some of the older homes used asbestos in their application of popcorn ceilings. If the test comes back clear, cover the floor with drop clothes and go ahead with the removal. For all other textures that are present, a sander will do the job.

After the old texture is sanded, you will have to paint the ceiling. The texture that you are about to apply cannot be applied to an unpainted ceiling. If you happen to miss the smallest spot, the unpainted ceiling would show. To make the drywall compound that you are about to add to your drywall texture hopper, you will need enough joint compound which can be purchased in gallon containers or 5 gallon containers. Make a consistency of a creamy paste, not too dry and not too watery. It needs to flow through the nozzle of the hopper. Start at one back section of the room, working towards the doorway. When completed, let dry for 24 hours and then apply a drywall primer. Now you are ready to paint the ceiling. Use a latex flat ceiling paint in a color other than pure white. The color off white, almond or a designer color to match your walls is recommended.

You can also use a roller to paint the ceiling. Buy a paint roller with a medium to heavy nap and an extension handle. You can apply the drywall compound and then roll the ceiling. If you want a design on the ceiling other than orange peel as stated above, take a trowel that has teeth in it and make your own design. You can swirl the trowel in half circles, making a pattern that is unique. Let dry 24 hours, apply drywall primer and then spray paint using an air sprayer or another smoother roller and paint the ceiling with a flat latex paint. If you want a little glossy look added to your ceiling, you can use semi-gloss latex paint. But be aware that the use of glossy finish paint will attribute to bringing back any imperfections you were trying to hide in the first place.

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