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How to Achieve the Perfect Textured Wall Finish

Achieve that textured wall finish you’ve been eyeing into your home.

Home Decorating Tips

How to Achieve the Perfect Textured Wall Finish

Posted on November 15, 2021

This may just be the sign you’ve been waiting for – it’s time to give your walls a little makeover. And while there are many ways you can revamp your home, why not try with just a few coats of paint and create a textured wall?

Apart from giving character to your walls, a textured finish can help you hide blemishes and imperfections you wouldn’t want to see.

Textured walls also have the added benefit of soundproofing and help reduce noise in your rooms. More importantly, a textured wall tends to be long-lasting and durable, so there’s little need for constant repainting.

Keep reading to learn about the various types of textured wall paints you can buy, as well as textured wall styles you can try to do on your own.

Types of Textured Wall Paint

Using readily available textured paint for interior walls may help you save time and expenses, especially if you’re a beginner. These types of paints are easier-to-use and won’t require extra effort in searching for materials you can combine into the paint. Some good choices include:

  • Silica sand textured paint

    As its name suggests, this paint has silica sand mixed into it. While you can purchase it already pre-mixed, you can also buy sand additives and combine them into your preferred paint if you’re up for the task. Using the latter method can allow you to make your own ideal textured paint finish.
  • Knockdown textured paint

    To create this type of paint, the substance is watered down to a soupy consistency. When it’s applied on the surface, it creates high points, and they’re “knocked down” with a putty knife before drying.
  • Roll-on textured paint

    This involves using a brush, roller, trowel, or comb to apply a sub-layer before painting the surface using standard paint.

Aside from using these textured paint finishes, you can also use materials like joint compound or other sand-based additives. Stencils, sponges, and/or trowels and other similar tools can also be used for creating textured walls.

You can also look into adding sugar-free coffee grounds, cornmeal, or crushed minerals into your paint. However, make sure to avoid using items that are water-soluble and those that contain sugar or sweeteners that can attract ants and other bugs.

What Are the Most Popular Textured Wall Finishes?

If you want to try creating a textured wall on your own, here are some of the most popular designs, and how you can create them on your own:

1. Popcorn: This is a favorite because of its low-maintenance properties and sound-reducing abilities, all while hiding your wall’s imperfections. A popcorn wall is first created by mixing popcorn drywall texture with water, polystyrene, and Styrofoam.

This mixture can then be applied with a compressor and a spray gun. Let the surface dry first, and then paint on it afterward. A tip to remember before going for a popcorn wall: It’s very hard to remove, so make sure you’re committed to this finish.

2. Orange Peel: It’s easy to apply and is quite practical. To achieve this texture, start with clean, dry, and smooth surfaces. Once they’re ready, take some drywall joint compound and water it down until it has the consistency of a pancake batter.

Use a spray gun and a compressor to then apply the mixture onto the wall. Then, take a roller and run it over the wet surface. Wait for the wall or surface to dry, then repeat the process again for another time. Once the surface is thoroughly dry and you’re satisfied with it, you can prime and paint your walls.

3. Comb: This type of textured wall is known because of its pattern, which is similar to the strokes that you would see when you use a comb. This style of textured wall leaves so much room for creative expression as there are many patterns you can try.

If you want to achieve this textured wall, apply drywall joint compound onto the surface. Then, use a toothed trowel to create the comb patterns on the surface. You may want to have someone to help you out with this step, so you can ensure you have a design on the wall before it completely dries up.

4. Sand Swirl: If you have the time and the patience, you can try doing the sand swirl technique, which combines methods used for the spray sand and comb textured walls. To start the process, make sure to combine sand, water, and primer, and leave it to sit overnight. Then, use a thick bristle brush to apply said mixture on the wall. Once dry, you can prime and paint the surface.

Ideal Type of Paint to Use for Textured Surfaces

Once you’re done working on a textured wall, you can use paint of your choice. For textured walls, latex primers labeled “high build” or “problem surface” and are either white or in a color close to your final paint color would work best.

As for the paint itself, go for latex paint with a low maintenance finish like satin or semi-gloss sheen. These finishes can highlight your wall’s textured details better than flat finishes.

Achieve the textured wall finish you want effortlessly today! With Island Premium Paints, you can. Its wide variety of paint products all come with a Product Satisfaction Guarantee, so no matter what color or finish you choose, you’ll be happy with your textured wall. Learn more about textured walls and other home improvement and decoration tips by heading to the Island Paints website today.


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