Saturday, February 16, 2013

TEXTURING WALLS BY HAND WITH SHEETROCK MUD & TUTORIAL

Today, I was texturing the walls and ceiling of a powder room and


one niche wall in the dining room.


The texturing I did today was with sheetrock mud.  I love working with sheetrock mud.



TUTORIAL

The mud I always use is labeled "lightweight".  The regular is very wet and very heavy.  And, the lightweight dries faster for me.  I use a 5" broad knife to spread the mud.  If you try it, try to be consistent with the amount of mud you are putting your broad knife each time and spread it across the wall.  Then, just smear it around and keep going with the next broad knife full of mud.  For smaller areas, like between a door frame and wall, I use my finger or a  1" or 2" broad knife. 
When it first goes on, it is wet and gray.  When it starts turning white, that means it's drying.  When it's dry/white, you can faux paint on it or just paint it.  And, depending on what finish I'm doing, I usually put two coats of paint.  The first coat soaks into the mud and the second coat looks good.
To me, this texturing could be any decor...french, texas, santa fe, mexican, anything!  It can look like old walls.  It's different from most of the texture you see in homes.  And, it's ok to texture only one room, one wall, etc.
Be Brave!! and, have fun!

22 comments:

  1. This is great. I love the warm rustic look it's going to give off. Very cool!
    Karen

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  2. Thank you! It really is a very nice, different look for your walls.

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  3. Wow this looks fabulous I love this look, I sent your post to a friend who is a second generation plaster I'm sure he will love it. Thanks for sharing...

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  4. Hi Lynda,
    thank you so much for visiting my lil corner of the world and leaving your sweet comment. That niche turned out fabulous. I love the rustic look.
    and love how the beams from your previous posts turned out as well. you're so talented my dear!
    have a great new week!
    rita

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  5. Funny you should write about this today. I am going to be trying a project with this very soon. Thanks for the tutorial.

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  6. Great tutorial. Thanks for joining TTT. Hgus, Marty

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    1. Thank you! Hope it helps someone with a texturing project.

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  7. Hope it goes well. Thanks for stopping by my blog, and following. I am so happy to be following back. I love your blog design!!

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  8. Wow you are brave! I can't wait to see how it turns out. I'm sure it will be gorgeous! Thanks for linking up to my party. Have a great week :)

    hugs,
    Deborah

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  9. Thank you! The powder room and the niche will be "antique copper" finish.

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  10. This is a great way to add interest and like you said, it could go with many different decorating styles. Hope you can stop by the enchanted oven to say hi.
    xo,
    Lisa

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  11. What a great tutorial! thank you so much for sharing it with all of us at TTF.

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  12. Wow! Looks great! Thanks for sharing @ Submarine Sunday!

    T'onna

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  13. Lynda, I really like that look. Wow, you are quite the woman to tackle it all be yourself. Kuddos to you! Thanks for sharing with Share Your Cup.
    hugs,
    Jann

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  14. Lynda, Thanks so much for sharing this fantastic technique at Simple & Sweet Fridays. Looks Great!

    Jody

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  15. I love textured walls! Thanks for the tute! Thank you for joining Home Sweet Home!
    Sherry

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