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Plano Drywall and Texture

Plano Drywall and Texture

Posted on February 7, 2023 by Hunt Holdridge

Make Ready Residential is a leading vender for Plano drywall and texture. Whether you are doing a big renovation in your home, are tired of its current look or repairing some damaged walls, before painting them, consider adding texture to them can give your interior a special style and hide imperfections from seams or nails in the sheetrock. 

When a contractor needs to repair holes in walls or add sheetrock, sometimes the seams between each panel can be visible even after sanding the sheetrock joints. The nails can also be noticeable. Adding texture to the new or repaired walls will hide these minor imperfections.

Adding texture to some or all your walls will make your house feel unique to you and your family. Do you want to create a feeling of being in a rustic home in the Mediterranean? Add a knockdown texture that will make the walls look like stucco.

While some of these texture styles can be done by DIY people, it is best to leave the job to a skilled contractor who is experienced at doing this type of work. 

Popular styles of textured walls

There are several types of textures to choose from, and some of them are combined to create even more options. Whatever texture you choose, plan ahead and consult your painting contractor before the work begins. Some types of texture will require priming the sheetrock underneath it before texturing begins. 

Not your uncle’s 70s disco room

While popcorn walls might remind you of the disco era and are still frequently found on ceilings in some homes, it is an affordable choice because it’s relatively easy to apply. It is also great at hiding imperfections, such as the seams in sheetrock or nails on the wall, as mentioned above. One great benefit of popcorn texture is its noise-dampening effect—great if you like the TV or music with the volume on high!

To create the popcorn effect, your contractor will mix the materials—drywall compound and polystyrene—with water. Then they will use a hopper gun to apply the mixed substance to the wall using a hopper gun. Because the mixture is usually white, the wall should be primed before the popcorn is applied.

Orange peel

Orange peel is a popular texture that looks and feels just like the name implies: the surface of an orange or lemon peel. It is smooth and has dimples created when the material is sprayed on the wall. 

An expert contractor mixes drywall compound with water until it is thick and uses a hopper gun to apply it to the wall.

Orange peel is another type of texture that will require the walls to be cleaned and primed before it is applied. That will ensure that the mixture will stick to the wall and the surface will be smooth after it dries.

Dreaming of swimming in the Mediterranean with the knockdown texture

As mentioned above, the knockdown effect adds a rustic, southern European look to the walls. Think of stucco walls along busts of Julius Caesar and statues of Venus de Milo. This texture is one of the more popular ones.

The knockdown texture is basically the orange peel with an additional step. After the orange peel has been applied, the contractor will run a drywall knife on the surface to partially flatten it, or “knock” it “down.”

Comb your wall

No need to go to a hairstylist for this texture! The comb texture is another fairly popular effect that adds a vintage style to the room and is easy to create. The wall will look like someone “combed” the wall. It is often used to create semicircles, like rainbows, with lines on the wall.

Your contractor will apply drywall compound to the wall with a roller. Using a toothed trowel, they will create the rainbow patterns on the wall. The teeth on the trowel will apply the lines to give it the rainbow look.

Swirling waves

Using the right technique, the sand swirl texture can be used to create “waves” on the wall. Think of some of van Gogh’s paintings and how the sky looks “swirled.” That would be the texture, but without being a colorful painting. 

An experienced contractor will have no trouble creating this effect, which is made using perlite—a mixture of sand and primer—and a wide paintbrush.

The contractor will mix the material and apply it to the wall using the brush. Typically, they will form the arches, or swirling, with the brush starting at the top and work toward the bottom until the wall is covered in waves. 

Slap the wall

The slap brush effect is a good option if you’re looking for a more random, uneven look on your wall. The effect can achieve different looks, depending on the thickness of the material, the style of “slapping” it, and the tools used to make it. The final product will be a wall with raised peaks and valleys.

The contractor will add water to drywall compound until they get desired thickness. One of the tools that is normally used to get this texture is a slap brush, also called a double crows feet brush. It has two brushes with bristles that fan out. 

To create the slap brush texture, the contractor will apply the drywall compound on the wall and then “slap” the material with the brush in the desired pattern. Sometimes it can be slapped evenly, or it can lack any direction or pressure. The thickness of the mixture will also determine the final look. 

A combination of effects

Just like the orange peel effect can be combined with the knockdown look, the slap brush technique can also be combined with the knockdown texture. 

Rather than having “peaks” and “valleys” created by the slap brush, this stylish effect will flatten those peaks.

To create this texture, the drywall compound is applied in the same way as the slap brush method. The contractor will then use a knockdown knife to flatten the peaks. The final look will depend on the thickness and technique used to slap down the compound.

There are other texture styles that combine more of the effects described above. Some are very similar to the others, and they even use the same tools to create different textures.

Texturize for uniqueness

Since these textures are done by hand by the contractor, you can be sure that each wall you texturize will be very unique. 

The final product will depend on what you want to achieve. A good contractor can make suggestions, or you could have an interior designer take a shot at creating something that will be special to your home.

Also, consider whether you want all the walls in a room texturized or just one. Sometimes, having just one wall with the style you want will draw attention to it, especially if you choose the right type of paint and color.

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