Texturing plaster wall

Texture Plaster Wall

Adding texture could enhance the look of your plaster wall. Although it is a work that needs your strength and patient, it is a rewarding and fun project to do. There are so many types of texture that you can apply to your plaster wall according to your style and preferences. It is up to your imagination and creativity to create textures for your plaster wall and in this way, you will be definitely satisfied with the results. Here are the steps on how to do it.

You will need:

  1. Vacuum
  2. Texturing compound
  3. Drywall knife
  4. Synthetic sponge
  5. Airless sprayer
  6. Damp rag
  7. Finishing trowel
  8. Stippling brush
  9. Rags
  10. Textured paint roller


  1. First, choose and decide on the pattern and make your choice. You can either use a pre-mixed compound or a powder that can be mixed with water. Multipurpose joint compound is another alternative that you can use right out of the bucket or thin the mixture down with water.
  2. To decide the tools that you need depends on what pattern that you want to achieve for your plaster wall. You will need a trowel for a knock down look, and a texture roller or a brush for a deep texture as each texture requires different tools.
  3. A sand dune effect can be created by using a drywall knife. If you don\’t know what type of texture to choose, put some of your compounds on a piece of cardboard and try out different textures.
  4. Before starting out on this task, clean your walls well and repair any cracks if needed. Plaster walls tend to hang on to dust, so vacuum your walls with the brush attachment and then with a damp rag. If you have joint compound, fix any major compounds so that your texture does not go into your crack and disturb your pattern. Leave the compound to dry before continuing to the next step.
  5. Next, prime your walls. Use a paint primer and put a coat on the walls if you are working with new plaster. The primer will help the process go easier and quicker. The primer will also prevent the water from the compound to soak into the wall. Leave the coat to dry.
  6. Then, apply your compound to the area where you can work on fast enough. This will prevent from having the compound to dry before you will be able to get to it. Do the area next to it and blend it in to the first area.
  7. If your wall is in bad shape, you will need to apply a coat on the entire wall and then continue a thinner second coat. You can practice this step before applying it on your whole wall. You can also go over it with a trowel after spraying it on to create the knock down look.
  8. After the compound has dried completely, you can paint it as any other wall. To get into the textured area without leaving dripping paint, you will need a brush with a fine end or a textured paint roller.

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Additional Reading:

The House That Faux Built

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