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Texturing Walls and Ceilings? Why Do This?


Textured walls and ceilings are dead. Long live textured walls and ceilings!

If you’re a person of a certain age, you most certainly remember houses from the 1960s and 1970s that had textured walls and ceilings. Any self-respecting house from that era had ceilings and walls with texturing treatment. Often called popcorn texture, this material was made of vermiculite or polystyrene.

There were a few good things about textured surfaces. The best quality is that they were excellent at deadening sound, especially in those big Brady Bunch families from the 1970s.

But anyone who has had to paint those surfaces may have a different opinion. It often seems that no paint roller could be thick or shaggy enough to get into all of those little nooks and crannies.

Of course, everything that goes around comes around. So now many homeowners are applying texture products to their ceilings and walls.

Popcorn Texture

Popcorn texture is most often found on ceilings, and it is the best texture for controlling sound. Spray guns are available at rental yards which allow you to spray the texture onto the ceiling in much the same manner as you would paint the ceiling with a paint gun. It’s a messy business, though, and walls need to be masked off.

Knock Down Texture

Many textures start with the popcorn texture, and are then worked manually from that point onward. The knockdown texture is one example. You spray on the product in the same way that you do the popcorn texture, but soon after spraying you lightly trowel the surface with your drywall knife to “knock” down the higher peaks of the popcorn texture. The knockdown texture is excellent at hiding imperfections in walls, and that is why many hotels and motels use this process.

Stipple Texture

Stipple texture does away with the spray gun. Instead, the stipple texture is applied with a thick paint roller just like you would paint a wall with a roller.

The stipple texture is a bit more attractive than the popcorn texture because it has the same peaks and valleys, but those peaks and valleys are softened and more consistent because they are applied with the paint roller.

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