How To Texture Walls With Low Price

Add a unique characteristic to your boring wall with a super cheap DIY project.

A DIY projects guide are usually sought after by people who want to be crafty with their stuff in a low price. High expectations obtained after watching DIY videos or article guide sometimes lead people to be upset by their result. It usually caused by an un careful implementation of guidelines they the obtained. To avoid this, you need to be careful in following the guidelines. But before all of that, you have to choose the convincing guidelines among the entire DIY steps available.

There are 2 different ways to do a low cost wall textures DIY. Here we provide a DIY project with effective and certainly low cost procedures.

Be Creative With Joint Compound

Don’t be afraid to fail because it can be whipped out and started over. Making wall textures using a joint compound can be done in many different variations depends on your creativity. Basically, joint compound is acting as a canvas that will be given a texture we like. The variation comes from the hard surface tools that will be used like a ‘brush’ when painting.

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1. Covering Unwanted Parts
This step is about covering area which you don’t want to get dirt with plastics or old news paper.

Protecting The Wall / Image source:

2. Apply Joint Compound Paste To the Wall
Make sure the wall is clean from any dirt and dust. You can also add a little bit of water to the joint compound mixture. Apply a 0.3cm thick coat of drywall joint compound to the wall with a flat trowel or a texturing gun that works with an air compressor. After it spreaded evenly, wait a little moment to let it dry.

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3. Choose Your ‘Brush’
Now it is depends on your taste in choosing the tools to re-texture your joint compound covered wall. In this example we use a 4 inch wide paint brush, A whisk, a thick-bristled brush, and a hair comb.

  • Drag the paintbrush across the surface to create swirls or whatever design you like. Make the layer about 1/16 of an inch to keep it from cracking when it dries.
Paint Brush Texture. Image source:
  • Use a small whisk broom to create the look of grass cloth on a wall. Grass cloth is a cloth that is woven from plant fibers. By taking the whisk broom and gently gliding it vertically down the wall to the bottom, and then starting again at the top, you can create this cloth-like texture on your wall.
Whisk Broom Texture. Image source:
  • Stick the end part of bristled brush to the wall. Create a circular move to make a look of circle. Do it to the rest of wall surface you want. You can also do an overlapping motives.
Brustled Brush Texture. Image source:
  • Create a bumpy paralel lines with hair comb to make a nice wavy motives. You can play the distance between the paralel lines to do a variation.
Hair Comb Texture. Image source:

Before you let it dry, you can also add another layers to enrich the design.

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4. Get It Dry
Wait for several hours (depend on the instruction of each joint compound’s brand) until the applied mixture getting dry.

5. Paint To Finishing
Seal your masterpiece by applying your fovourite colored wall paint (at least 2 layer minimum).

Get Easy With Textured Paint

1. Fill a paint roller tray with flat latex paint.

Filling Paint Roller Tray / Image source:

2. Pour 4 to 6 ounces (113.3 to 170 g) of silica sand into the paint.

3. Stir the paint with a wooden paint stick.

4. Add more silica sand for a coarser texture.

5. Repeat the process of stirring before each application because the sand will settle on the bottom.

Mixed Sillica to Paint / Image source:

Experiment with your finish on a piece of poster board. You can try out a number of different finishes before starting the process of retexturing your wall.

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