Ceiling Texture Fixit Express Home Repair and Handyman Service

Ceiling Texture Fixit Express Home Repair and Handyman Service

Ceiling Texture

You can brush it, stipple it even spray it with popcorn

If you ask me, Id say that ceiling textures has lost its appeal especially in todays new homes. If youve ever live in a home built in the 1960s, 70s or 80s you probably remember classic looks like brush swirl, popcorn or something that resembles crows feet plastered to the ceiling.

Popcorn texture is the only one that is still popular and youll find it in many of todays new homes. Its easy to apply, low maintenance, has acoustic sound-deadening properties and it looks good.

The popcorn texture is created by tiny particles of polystyrene or vermiculite in a ceiling spray texture dry mix. All you have to do is mix it with water, stir it with a paddle mixer attached to a heavy duty 1/2 inch drill and spray it on the ceiling. A drywall-texture-gun can be rented from your local home center or tool rental store.

Getting Started With Ceiling Texture

Before you begin, make sure youve got the air compressor and texture gun set up. Plug in the compressor and attach the hose and texture gun. Adjust the pressure regulator so that it delivers the guns recommended pressure.

Also refer to the popcorn ceiling mix for pressure recommendations / requirements. Some require 7 SCFM at 25 PSI. Prep for spraying ceiling textures by covering your floors and walls from the ceiling down about 4 feet with plastic sheet.

Tape any light fixture outlets so the wires dont get coated with the popcorn mix. If youre renovating an old room cover anything you dont want to get splattered with popcorn. It can get messy!

Heres what youre going to need:

  • Popcorn ceiling spray texture (it comes in fine, medium, and coarse)
  • 5 gallon buckets (2) (one for mixing / one for the water)
  • 1/2 inch heavy duty drill with paddle mixer
  • drywall-texture-gun and air compressor (25 foot hose recommended)
  • plastic sheet / blue painters tape
  • eye protection / hat / coveralls

Step one: Mixing the ceiling texture compound with water to a pancake batter consistency. Add about 1/2 gal of water to your mixing bucket first then add a little of the popcorn mix at a time until you reach the desired consistency (like pancake batter or a runny oatmeal). Youll get the hang of it quick.

Step two: Load the hopper. One thing to remember when you begin is not to walk into your spray. If you start spraying and then walk into the spray youre going to get coated with it. Start at one side of the room and cover the perimeter where the ceiling meets the walls and then move towards the center.

Step Three: Begin spraying in a corner holding the gun about 12 inches from the ceiling. Get the gun and hopper moving prior to squeezing the trigger. Continue moving the gun from left to right until you cover the entire room.

To get good coverage, coat the ceiling, moving the spray gun in different directions to get a good even and consistent spray pattern. Popcorn drywall-ceiling-texture can be applied heavy or light based on your taste but make sure you keep it even throughout the entire surface.

Thats it for this texture ceiling. Let it dry for at least 48 hours before painting. If you like how it looks you may not want to paint.

Handyman Tip. Test your spay pattern before starting. All you need is a large piece of cardboard. Using the cardboard as your canvas, do some test sprays until youve got the desired popcorn splatter.

More Drywall Ceiling Textures

For one of the easiest finishes you can put on your ceiling see my stipple-texture page. Just follow the directions on that page and instead of stippling your walls you can do your ceiling.

Brushes are used to create many classic texture effects. Textures such as a swirl which is done by a stiff-bristled round brush or ever a wall-paper paste brush. Crows feet is another unique pattern created by a long haired softer bristled brush.

These drywall ceiling-textures use the same lightweight drywall compound mixed to the consistency of pancake batter and applied to the wall or ceiling with a drywall knife. The brushes like the ones shown above are then used to create the textured look.


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