How to Texture walls

Are you interested in having beautifully textured walls in your home or business? Do you think this might be to hard to do yourself?

If you want to discover how to texture walls easily and quickly then you have arrived at the right place. The information available here is all you will need to master the two most sought after textures in the housing industry today. They are the knockdown wall texture and the splatter wall texture, sometimes called orange peel.

Wall texture can add a beautiful new dimension to a home or business. It can make the ordinary wall extraordinary, and the best part is that you can do the job yourself and save a ton of money!  Its fun, easy and you will have an incredible sense of accomplishment when you see your finished product.  Yes, you can do this, hey, If this computer geek can do it, then I am pretty darn sure you can do it too.

Yes, I am a computer technician that got a little fed up with paying contractors for work that I ended up having to fix. So when it came time to have my walls textured I decided to tackle the job myself.  I did a lot of research and talked to a lot of people about how to texture before I tackled the job.  My research paid off because I learned a few cool tips that even many professionals don’t know that made the end result amazing.  It looked so good in fact that my friends and family began asking me to do their homes. Before long I had more work than I could take on so I began teaching others what I had learned.  To be quite honest with you it is surprisingly easy, but there are a few very important tricks and tips that you need to know. 

I discovered that with the right instruction just about anyone can do an excellent and professional looking job.  I also discovered that it makes people feel really good and they take a lot of pride in knowing they did the job themselves. Their friends, family and neighbors were amazed at the beautiful job they had done and the incredible improvement wall texture made in their homes.

On this site I want to offer you the same easy-to-follow techniques that so many have already successfully used to texture their own walls in their homes and business. Trust me, when people see the beautiful texture that you applied to your walls they will want you to texture their homes too!

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How to texture walls (Tools)

How to texture walls


So let’s talk about the tools you will need before you begin your texture project. I like to own my tools so if I am going to do a job that requires tools, I usually just go out and by them if I don’t own them already.  Sometimes this is not within my budget and in some cases I just don’t want to own very large cumbersome tools so I don’t buy them, and rent them instead. 

When it comes to hand tools that aren’t really expensive, I calculate the price of having the job done by a professional verses buying the tools and if I can buy all the tools needed and still save money by doing the job myself then I buy them all.  That is just what I do and that is how I justify a garage full of tools :) .  Don’t worry though, if you don’t want to buy the tools required to texture walls everything you’ll need (outside of some inexpensive hand tools) is available for rent from the Home Depot,  Lowes or any major home improvement store in your area.

So what will you need?  I have provided a list of tools below that you will need to complete your texture job.  I have marked the tools that are essentials and the ones that are not but are good to have around just in case you need them.  

For this job let me say that I bought everything.  I felt it was good to have the air compressor (which was the most expensive item) so I just went ahead and bought it.  I got a great package deal on it that came with three pneumatic nail guns also for $189, killer deal from the Home Depot. Understand that these tools are for the home owner DIY guy or gal, yes there are much more expensive tools but you just don’t need them to get the same professional results, and in my humble opinion, better results than many so called professionals.  In my DVD on How to texture Wall’s I go into the topic of tools in a little more detail but all you need to know about the tools you should have is right here.

How to texture walls (Tools)

  1. Air compressor
  2. Minimum of 25’ of hose for air compressor.
  3. Hopper – (I prefer the Wallboard Hopper).
  4. Drywall mud knifes – 6” and 10” and a texture knife
  5. Tape – blue Tape and in some cases I use the red waterproof tape
  6. Paper for masking off windows etc. Drop clothes (I prefer canvas or cloth instead of plastic)
  7. Three five gallon paint buckets.
  8. Screw drivers, a flat blade and Philips.
  9. An electric drill to mix mud.
  10. Paint mixing bit for your drill. 
  11. Hand mud mixer bit (Mud can be mixed by hand but I am lazy).
  12. A measuring cup or bucket that can be marked up. 
  13. Rags.
  14. Water.