I learned how to texture from our friend and neighbor Star. Last winter she came and helped me texture and paint our bedroom and bathroom (I am forever grateful.) I loved the way the texture looked so much that I wanted to texture the entire house. Well, as of today, I officially have the entire upstairs textured so I guess I am well on my way towards my goal. I'm so grateful to Star for teaching me how to do this! What I love about texturing is that it gives the walls so much depth and character. It reminds me of adobe walls. Also, I love the way it transforms walls in old houses. And trust me, the walls in this old house were in major need of some transformation. I love texturing so much that I wanted to share the technique Star taught me, with all of you. Keep in mind that there are a bazillion different ways to texture, this is just the particular style that I like.
Step 1: Slather on your joint compound onto the walls. Use the tool pictured (sorry I don't know what it's called.) It doesn't need to be very thick, just a light to medium covering. (If it's slathered on way too thick, I've found it will crack a little.) You'll get the hang of it in no time. And know that while you are making your walls look amazing, you are also getting a workout- which is awesome.
Step 2: When you have a section finished being slathered, then hold your tool flat to the wall and pull out towards you. It will make a suction sound. Feel free to laugh. This creates this funny spiky texture. You might feel like a kid playing with clay and gooping the walls with it. If so, this is a good sign.
Step 3: Go over the spiky texture with the edge of your tool, smoothing it down. On the right hand side of the picture is the finished texture, on the left hand side is the side that still needs to be smoothed. This creates the most amazing texture!
I am so happy that I finished texturing today! I finished the entire hallway and I am feeling so incredibly proud of myself for getting it done so fast.
I am officially giving myself a pat on the back.
And I invite you all to:
Give yourself a pat on the back for something you did today that you feel proud of yourself for doing.