Basics for texturing drywall finishes on walls

The basics for texturing drywall is quite simple. You use an air compressor and a hopper filled with thinned-down drywall mud. The texture looks professional if done correctly. It's really easy to do with the right tools. We will apply the orange peel texture to the walls.


drywall hopper The orange peel texture is achieved by spraying drywall compound on the walls. This stuff will get everywhere so cover up things that you don't want to texture. On the plus side, this stuff cleans up easily with water so if you make a mess it's no big deal.

drywall texturing You can rent an air compressor and a hopper to texture the walls. It goes really fast so you can texure your entire home in a day or so.

Texturing is very popular right now and it’s very easy. There are a few different ways to texture your walls, but I’ll stick with the easiest way.

A hopper and an air compressor make texturing a breeze. You will need to thin down the drywall compound to about the consistency of thick cake batter.



thinning drywall compound You will need to thin down the compound to a texture like cake batter. It's more of a trial and error method for beginners.

If the compound sprays out in chunks and globs making little sharp edges on the walls, the mixture is too thick.

If the compound sprays out but flattens completely on the wall and even runs a bit, the mixture is too thin and watery. Add more compound.

Then you connect the air hose and dump the mud into the hopper and pull the trigger. You can either use a hopper or a roller. The hopper saves a lot of time, but you’ll need a compressor.


You can decide how heavy you want to spray the texture. There are many different designs, but the two most popular are the thick orange peel coat and the flat orange peel coat.




The only difference is once you have the coat sprayed on; you can smooth it out with a long trowel or a board making a flat texture. You can also make designs with the compound.


If you decide to make designs with the drywall compound, just remember that when it hardens it can leave jagged edges. Ceiling designs are usually a great idea but wall designs within reach might need to be flattened to smooth out the sharp edges.

That's about it for texturing drywall with an orange peel finish.


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