The subject really says it all; it’s just that I have never done it before. My husband and I have worked on many projects in this old house built in 1900. The lower level of our home has drop ceilings in it. When remodeling our bedroom we decided to take the ceiling back to its original height. After replacing all plumbing to the upstairs, redirecting the electrical wire, insulating the joists, and installing the drywall, (not to mention all the plaster and blown in insulation that we had to remove first) we have taped and used joint compound on the seams and fasteners.
Now we are ready to texture the ceiling using the joint compound and a texture brush bought from our local Home Depot. The question is “How”? How thick do you put on the joint compound? Which technique is best for using the brush? Are there any diagrams that show best how to do this? I am sure we could do an okay job with wingin it but I would prefer to do a great job. Any suggestions you may have would be helpful.
Welcome to the community.
Ceiling textures are one of those projects that you really can’t appreciate until you “become one with the fun” (you’ll get it later). When working on a ceiling you just can’t prevent from getting messy, so know in advance that you will want to dress accordingly.
First off you will want to prepare the drywall compound. Use a mixer attachment for your drill to “thin out” the compound to a frosting like consistency or thick paint. This is achieved by adding small amounts of cold water at a time.
Now the fun begins! There are many different styles and patterns you can do with the texture brush. The most common method is the “star pattern” or “crow’s foot”. Whatever kind of brush you have, the techniques are all very similar.
After the texture has dried, you can choose to knock off any rough points that hang down too much. Just use a drywall blade or putty knife to lightly scrape across the surface. Some people choose to paint the ceiling with a bright ceiling white, or just leave the dried compound “as is”.
I hope you have fun with this project. Please try and post some before & after pictures so the community can share in your accomplishments.
Can I use dry wall/ceiling texture mix in place of drywall compound
forgot to ask but can texture be applied directly with crowfoot brush or does it have to be rolled on then stomped with brush.
Thanks for your question, I apologize for the delay in answering your questions.
In short, yep you can use texture ceiling paint for the ceilings for this project! To me, it actually rolls on easier and faster to work with than joint compound. It has acrylic in it which is easier to deal with for DIY'ers or sloppy painters such as myself :smileytongue:
Also, to answer your second question, if you use your roller and then stomp the application brush directly to the just applied texture paint. Since it is thinner than joint compound and works better when applied by roller first.
If it is joint compound, you apply it directly on with the crowfoot brush, due to its thickness and quick drying time.
Any further questions, please do not hesitate to ask,
Thanks and have a great day,