Texture-painting walls is a task that requires certain skills. It doesn’t matter if we are speaking about interior or exterior walls, adding a distinctive texture can significantly change the look of your house. It can add character, a unique look, and make it much more aesthetically pleasing.
There are several methods you can apply – you can use special paint, think of inventive ways to create patterns before the paint dries and even create texture on the wall before applying the paint. It seems like there are too many ways to approach this, but don’t feel overwhelmed – with an expert guide to texture painting a wall under your belt, you’ll be able to tackle this like a pro.
What do you need
Painting your walls can be a long and arduous process. This is due to the fact that it consists of several phases, and only about a third of the entire process is dedicated to painting. First, you need to prepare your household for the painting. All the surrounding objects, especially the ones that are too bulky to be moved, have to be properly protected.
Many people decide to cover everything with newspaper, but it’s a rookie mistake – you should buy proper plastic sheets that can’t absorb the paint and make sure you cover every inch of your household with it. Moreover, you need to remove all light switches, fixtures and find a way to protect or remove sockets. Duct tape can be a good choice to cover some of these.
You should also go over the essentials required for this sort of paint job and check if everything is there. As far as the material is concerned, you need paint, or textured paint, paper tape, if you want to use two colors, safety gloves, glasses, straight float and grout float (for creating patterns).
If the temperature is above 25°C it’s not a good idea to apply textured paint, since the paint will dry fast and you won’t be able to create patterns. Since this is not your regular paint job, it will take about two hours to paint 10 square meters (for one person).
What do you do
One of the most popular ways to texture paint a wall is to choose a distinctive pattern and apply it. These patterns can have clearly defined shapes which resemble wallpaper-patterns. However, these are mostly used for interior walls. People often create their own patterns using tools on the exterior walls. It’s also a good way to hide irreparable flaws in the wall. Sometimes, the paint itself will have solids in it, something to create an interesting wall “topography”. However, if you don’t want to put yourself through much trouble, it is advisable that you go for a pre-made textured paint, since it’s the easiest way to go about this business.
You can apply it by using a straight metal float, with which you can spread the paint across the wall, and then use a trowel to create patterns. The issue with this sort of thing is – you usually won’t see how the paint looks on the wall before you apply it. Therefore, it’s important to pay a very close attention while you are in the store and ask to see samples spread across surfaces.
Since you’ll probably have to return and buy another batch of paint, it means you’ll double the price tag. Even though you should do your utmost to save money whenever you can, using the best exterior paint you can find is a wise choice because it will last much longer than some entry level option.
What do you see
At the end of the day, many people decide to go with the “blank canvas” approach and opt for stucco paint. This kind of paint is much thicker and denser, which allows you to apply it on the walls with a trowel. With this paint, you are free to create infinite patterns and designs, and the only limit is your imagination. Once you close your eyes and imagine your house, the patterns that you see in your mind’s eye are probably the ones you should go with, no matter what’s recommended.
The most important thing to remember here is that you are not constrained by anything. The opinions of friends, as far as aesthetics goes, are not important. People have many ideas about the best method to texture paint your house, and what patterns should be used, but always keep in mind the fact that this household is where you and your family will spend most of your time. Since you are the one who will live within these walls, make sure they are according to your liking.