Applying Texture


Applying Texture

Good Looks Without The Hard Work

When it comes to home decorating, textured paint can do for your walls what a good coat of wax can do for your car's finish hide a host of flaws. Poorly patched holes, uneven sheetrock, ugly wallpaper and even multiple layers of peeling paint can all be hidden beneath a beautiful layer of texture.

Textures beauty, versatility at covering imperfections, and ease of application have made it a long-loved technique of do-it-yourselfers. There's a texturizing technique to fit virtually every budget, decorating theme and level of expertise. Here are some tips for adding textured paint to your home décor:

Keep it simple. You don't have to do anything complicated, difficult or even particularly time consuming to achieve a good effect with textured paint. In fact, the easier the process, the more you will enjoy it and that enjoyment will show through in your work.

You can use your favorite paint and any color you choose. Simply mix your paint of choice with regular drywall joint compound. Or, if you want to be cautious with color you can apply the joint compound first, then paint over the completed texture once it has dried. If you choose this option, you'll get the best results by applying the paint with a brush, rather than a roller.

The range of textures is virtually endless. Popcorn (most often used for ceilings), knock down and orange peel are among the three most popular, and simple, textures. Knock down and orange peel textures mimic the appearance of plaster or stucco on an interior wall.

Paint sprayers, a favorite tool of in-the-know do-it-yourselfers, are also a viable alternative for textured paint. Wagner has a sprayer specifically designed for applying texture walls or ceilings.

The Power Tex can apply textured material to any ceiling or wall in your home, and uses three nozzles and a generous 1-gallon hopper to apply popcorn, knock down or orange peel textures. Compact and light weight, the Power Tex also offers a variable flow trigger, hopper that adjusts for either walls or ceilings, a built-in air turbine that eliminates the need for an exterior compressor, and easy clean up design.

Tools & Materials

Like any project, you will need the right tools and supplies to do the job right the first time. Because the sooner you finish the sooner you can get on with well, anything you want.



  • Dust mask
  • Safety glasses
  • Corded drill
  • Mixing paddle
  • Knockdown knife/ squeegee
  • Drop cloth
  • Masking tape
  • Plastic sheeting
  • 5-gallon bucket
  • Texture material popcorn or knockdown
  • Extension cord
Step by Step

Are you working in a new construction site, such as an unfinished basement or a bathroom remodel? Or are you working in a finished room that you're planning to add texture to the walls or ceilings?

Step 1 - Prepare the working place

Texturing can be a messy job. So if it is new construction you don't really need to worry about getting texture on the walls or floors it can be clean-up afterwards with a wide utility knife, as the material can be scraped right off.



To save you some clean-up, it would be wise to cover windows.

Working in a finished room, you'll want to remove all the furniture, cover the floors, walls and remove any light fixtures in the room. 

Once the room is prepared, you can begin to mix the texture material. Follow manufacturer's guidelines for getting the material the right consistency.

Step 1 - Mixing the texture material

In general, the material thickness should be similar to pancake batter or oatmeal. Let the material set for about 10-15 minutes following the instructions. It will also depend if you want a popcorn ceiling or knockdown.

Step 2 - Testing your sprayer

Use a sprayer, Wagner Power Tex, to apply the material. Test spraying the material on some cardboard or wood to get the correct flow rate and speed of moving the sprayer across the surface.

Once you are ready to begin, another suggestion is to start in a corner or in a closet get more familiar with the operation

The method of spraying the material will depend on what type of look you desire.

Step 3 - Intensity of spraying depends on the surface

For a knockdown ceiling, the material will need to be sprayed thinner, so once the material sets you can squeegee to flatten material across the surface, once it dried it will need to be painted. For a popcorn ceiling the material will be sprayed on thicker and once it is dried it won't need to be painted.

Products used for this project