Wall and Ceiling Texture Options
There is any number of ways to create the textures you want for your walls and ceilings. Three of the most common techniques are orange peel, knockdown, and skip trowel.
However, there are other methods you can use to design something unique such as sponges to make swirls and combs and brushes for stripe patterns. An additional approach is using a stomp brush, sometimes called a crow’s foot stomp.
Stomp Knockdown Texture
Here is a post explaining more about this method:
“Stomp-Knockdown” texture is common in new construction across the mid-west United States. As the name implies this texture is created by using a brush to stomp patterns in drywall mud across the surface being textured. Once the basic pattern is created a knockdown knife is used to smooth the high spots. A very similar texture used in the southern part of the U.S. is sometimes referred to as “French Lace.”
Learn more here: Stomp Knockdown Texture
Stomp texturing is a fairly easy way to provide an exclusive look depending on how you handle the application of the drywall mud followed by the crow’s foot brush.
There are a lot of different types of stomp brushes, but most will create a similar pattern that looks somewhat like a crow’s footprints after walking through the mud.
This video gives some tips for texturing with a stomp brush:
How to Prepare and Apply This Technique
There are specific steps required to get the sheetrock mud the right consistency for doing this type of texture. The man in the above video is experienced at knowing exactly what to do but if you are a beginner, the following post offers a checklist for managing the process:
- Mix powdered drywall compound with water or use the premixed all-purpose variety. The compound should be the consistency of thick pudding and pourable, so if you use the premixed variety, thin it with a little water.
- Transfer some of the compound into a paint tray, filling the tray about half full. Spread a drop cloth on the floor, because the procedure is a messy one, and falling mud is inevitable. Put on protective eyewear and clothing.
- Screw an extension handle onto a paint roller with a heavy-nap liner and use the roller to apply the mud to the ceiling. Spread a thick enough coat to cover all the drywall with about 1/4 to 1/2 inch of material, but not thick enough to make drips.
- Transfer the extension handle to the stomp brush and stomp the pattern by slapping the brush repeatedly against the ceiling. You can adjust the pattern according to the shape of the brush and how close together you make each stomp.
- Let the texture stiffen for an hour or two, then knock it down, if desired, with a drywall knife. Hold the knife and a 45-degree angle and draw it along the surface of the mud lightly enough to flatten it without removing any.
- Allow the texture to dry overnight, then prime it with drywall primer before you paint it.
See the full post here: How to Texture Your Ceiling Using a Stomp Brush
Mudding and texturing is a form of art. It definitely takes some practice to master but is a skill that can make you some pretty good money. The average hourly pay rate for a drywall installer is $22 per hour, ranging between $18 to $27 per hour depending on where you live.
Most Denver residential painters also have a background in drywall installation and repair, so call around to find one that can do both.