Many years ago I lived in a house that had mud swirl patterns
used as the finish texture on the ceilings of the various rooms.
Each of the 3 bedrooms had a different pattern and I think the
living area had yet another pattern.
In our current house I am preparing to retexture the ceilings
and I would like very much to implement the mud swirl patterns
similar to the previous house.
Can anyone give me a reference where I can find different
styles/patterns I can use? I have found one reference on the
web that offers to teach (for a fee) the mud swirl technique
but the person has never responded to my email.
Suggestions would be most welcome!
Maybe I should have called it a scale-pattern.
All the ceilings in my father's house were done
by a guy on stilts walking around stabbing a brush
into the mud and giving it a bit more than a
half-turn around one corner, moving sideways almost
2 brush-widths, and repeating. When you finish a row,
you move down almost one brush-width, center the pivot
corner between two arcs of the previous row, and
continue in the opposite direction. I don't remember
what they did to make the edges work out right, but
the field ends up looking kind of like this:
My apologies for partly hijacking the thread but I have a related
question. If I already have ceilings that have that texture, what is
the simplest way to clean/repaint them? I assume that any attempt to
use a brush or anything like that vigorously would (may?) knock off
the texture ... so any alternatives? Especially if I want to avoid
I've painted over all kinds to texture and patterns. I always use real
ceiling paint and not the cheap contractor "maintenance" paint. Always
use a roller. Heavier nap for heavier textures. The acoustical (I think
it's called) that is loose is the worst with pcs falling off everywhere.
I've read that painting will reduce or destroy the effectiveness of the
If the ceiling will tolerate a washing, all the better. If not,
dust/vacuum it off best you can.
I had to redo a textured/popcorn section because half of it neede new
drywall. The existing texture part I just scraped with a heavy duty
scraper to get all the raised area off. Skim coated with mud, primed,
rolled texture on new and old then painted with ceiling paint.PITA but it
came out nice. Fortunately entire area was only 5x14 in an entry.
Unfortunately vaulted. Wouldn't want to do a full ceiling!
I'd call that a scallop pattern.
Cool diagram. I've saved it as style #1 to use (yes, it is similar
to obne I remember in the old house.) Now I just need another
3-4 examples of different styles to use.
On Tue, 05 Sep 2006 20:06:37 -0600, with neither quill nor qualm, John
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That's the web reference I have seen and my email to Mike has never
I understand about using a thin coat of mud and the need to practice
What I'm looking for is pictures of different patterns (since I'm not
very artisitic) beyond the "scallops" that are on the above web page.
Our previous master bedroom had what I would call a "sunburst" pattern
that was centered on the overhead light. I'd like to find examples of
something like that and other styles.
Thanks for the notes so far.
I noted in one of my earlier responses in this thread that I have seen
that page. I've tried to contact the owner of that page (his address
is posted on the page and he sells info which I would glad pay for)
but he has never responded to my messages :-(
These tools show a texture pattern example beside each one. Just for
Many years ago I watched my brother do couple ceilings with heavy
texture. In the center of one room he did a wagon wheel, the center
hub centered at the light fixture...spokes coming out to the edge of
the wheel. He used a string from the outlet center to get his circle.
I guess one is limited by imagination and ideas.
"Well, it doesn't happen all the time, but when it happens, it happens
Some of these may spark your creativity:
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