Quick and EZ Knock Down Drywall Texture Technique




I found myself needing to texture two walls in a basement room and not wanting to get a sprayer to splatter drywall mud everywhere.  What I came up with was a very fast, efficient way to achieve a similar effect without renting any equipment.

Assume that the walls are smooth to your satisfaction, i.e. you have taped and sanded the seams, filled in the screw holes, etc. 

Required items:

1 box of drywall mud
Plastic bag
8 inch drywall knife
Five-fingered trowel

Step 1: Water Down the Mud

I watered it down until it was about as runny as clam chowder.  Just keep adding about a large handful in a bucket, then stir in water.
Rather than use a heavy mixer bit and drill, I just used a wire whisk from the kitchen.

Step 2: Trowel It On

Now use the Five Fingered Trowel method to apply the soupy mud to the wall.  Spread it back and forth.  I found I could do about thirty square feet at a time without the first part drying out before I was done with the last.  As soon as a section of wall was covered in mud, I used my trusty Target bag, all balled up, and jammed it into the wall.  This part took me a few tries.  Initially I was kind of dragging the bag around, but what you want is to push the bag into the mud, then pull it straight back out so that you create peaks in the mud.

When you're done, the section of wall you just did should look peaked like a cupcake.

After a few moments of drying time, the thicker mud, closer to the wall, will be dry, while the thinner high peaks will still be wet. 

Step 3: Let It Dry, Then Knock It Down

This was another part that took some practice.  I kept getting antsy and scraping it off too early.  If that happens, you get a flat, smooth spot about the width of the knife.  I also found that the best technique seems to be minimal pressure, and keeping the blade almost parallel with the wall.  Keep moving the knife in different directions to eliminate any obvious knife edge gouges.

Step 4: And Here's the Finished Product

This ended up being something that I was able to complete in just a day ( two walls), with only one half of a box of joint compound and no additional equipment required.  The texture is random and spread out enough to create some nice shading now that it's painting.  For a rube, I think it came out OK.

I have more work coming up, so any feedback regarding other drywall techniques would be greatly appreciated.




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    8 Discussions


    2 years ago

    Does anyone know how I can get a more slpattered affect...For lack of a better description, a flattened popcorn look?


    2 years ago

    This looks ideal for my intended use - repairing holes where pot lights once lived.



    3 years ago on Introduction

    I have tried several times in the past to re-texture my walls and have come out pretty successful. One thing I have done was similar to what you did. I watered down the mixture and then applied it with a porous sponge. It was pretty fun to figure out new ways to beautify my home.



    4 years ago on Introduction

    Thanks for the guide, I really appreciate it, I tried to do this myself at my apartment but in the end it was a big mess not worth the trouble, If you live in San Diego like me, this is the company I hired and they did an excellent job, http://advanceddrywallandplaster.com/


    5 years ago

    Thanks! Sounds easy. A friend has been here helping with my projects and told me the easiest way to remud/texture the ceiling is to take a thick roller on a long handle and dip it in the mud and roll it on. It creates peaks as it goes and then you can knock it down if you want once it sets up


    7 years ago on Introduction

    if you are just spreading the mud on with your hands and texturing after, why not use a large brush to apply it? or maybe if you used a long hair paint roller, it would give you the stippled effect already. Don't know for sure, but it's worth playing with.

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    Reply 7 years ago on Introduction

    Yeah, those are good ideas. I thought about using a wide brush, but frankly I just didn't have one and I was getting into that trap of feeling like I wanted to get done without making yet another trip to the hardware store. A roller seems like a good option, too. Part way through it also occurred to me that at some point if I added a little paint to the mud, I could do sort of a fresco type of thing and blend the color right into the wall for a more antique look. Next time I do a small section of wall, these are all ideas I'm going to try and see what happens.
    Thanks for the suggestions, I really appreciate it!