Does anyone know how to "mud" walls for a textured look?

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It leaves the wall looking like it was plastered. You can put color in to have a colored wall..any ideas?
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  • The knock down texture on walls is done using a air compressor, a special spray gun and spackle. The Spackle is sprayed onto the wall then its followed up by someone using a large metal trowel smoothing it out. But this needs to be done at a critical time where only the top raised areas are pushed into the almost dry surface. This gives the wall that texture look but makes it smooth to the touch. This is really a job for a pro. Its heavy work and is difficult to get all the walls to match each other. Done wrong and you will have a mess on your hands that will be even more messy to fix. You can add color but not advised. They normally color ceiling popcorn texture with paint, but not walls. The machine to do the walls by the way is the same used to do popcorn texture.
  • Sue Sue on Jul 20, 2014
    you can also spritz the wall to help it come off better...but I used a sander
  • Frances Hoffman Frances Hoffman on Jul 20, 2014
    ok , when you are mixing mud , for the walls , somewhat "wet" you would need a wall paper 6" wide brush, with nitrile gloves, dip just the tip of the brush into the mud , then just dab the brush on the walls to make points like , let them sit a few seconds, "to set " then with a lite touch of a wide flat mud trowel skim over the tips , just enough to flatten them down yet leaving ridges around the dabbed tips .
  • Janet koons Janet koons on Jul 20, 2014
    I used "sand paint" for a bathroom and made swirls in the thick sand paint. Got it at a big hardware store in the 90s. It's great. Can also paint over it or mix a color into the sand paint. It was easy to work with.
  • Z Z on Jul 20, 2014
    Are you talking about Venetian Plaster walls Mary Jane?
  • MaryJane Harris MaryJane Harris on Jul 21, 2014
    maybe...just know it leaves plastered like finish..hides imperfections
  • MaryJane Harris MaryJane Harris on Jul 21, 2014
    did you brush or use trowel?
  • MaryJane Harris MaryJane Harris on Jul 21, 2014
    how hard is this process?
  • Marion Nesbitt Marion Nesbitt on Jul 21, 2014
    Did a ceiling that was a mess. Paint the surface with bonding agent. Mix bonding agent into your mix - I used Plaster of Paris. I spread an area with a large putty knife and then created a pleasing design. Took awhile working on small areas at a time. But - twenty years later it still looks good.
  • The easiest and most economical way to do this is start with a 5gallon bucket of LIGHT joint compound, drywall mud pan, and a 4" putty knife/trowel and maybe even a 6" or larger too. Take the 4" putty knife/trowel and glob it on the wall and smooth and move it about until it starts to look textured and it is about an 1/8 to 1/4" thick. Grab another glob and put it at the end of where you stopped the previous mud and just work the trowel into textures. Experiment with moving your wrist and and the trowel to get either an orange peel look, or a venetian plaster look too. Watch the youtube videos on venetian plastering or even texturizing your walls. Light joint compound is the easiest to use (done this before a few times) plus it is less than $15. If you do not like it, scrape off and start again. If it dries, wet a rag and wipe it off. Nothing simpler than this. Good luck!
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