My house has was built 1928. The texture on the walls is like a
flattened popcorn effect.
Does anyone know any supply house who makes tools to texture, or kits?
The wall is gypsum. I've tried the brushs the sponges and I'm not
getting close. I'll probably have to just figure out a method - I think
I have to sand the points down ( I'm using plaster of paris) after it
hardens. The only problem is I can't get the markations to be broad
(FYI) You cannot get a plaster guy around here to show up!
Get a paint roller with a deep nap sleeve -- the deepest available --
and a bucket of pre-mixed dry wall mud (joint cement). Roll the mud on
slowly just like you would roll on paint. The deep nap of
the roller and the thick mud will leave the texture you want.
You might have to thin down the mud a little with water to get the
right application, and you will have to practice a bit to get the
exact texture you want. Try it out on a small area first (or on a
board or box) and see what you get. If you make a mistake you can
scrape it off while wet with a trowel or putty knife.
If the texture you leave on the wall is too "peaked" for example, you
can knock it down with a clean, damp roller after the texture sets up
a little. Make sure you roll it on smoothly, as ridges and
odd swirls will show. You have to be a bit artistic and pay attention
to matching the existing texture.
After the texture dries, paint the whole wall the color you want. I
did this on several areas in my 1921 house when we were
renovating it and it worked fine. I never found it necessary to add
sand to the paint or texture. My experience with my own house and
homes of neighbors from the '20s is that sand was not used -- that was
a later method and yields a different effect. A crappier effect IMHO.
You can also buy more expensive premixed texture paint the color you
I think I would try to make a model of the original pattern. Get a
board perhaps 8 or ten inches square. Put a handle on one side. On the
other side, put some lath or screening to hold plaster. Tape a piece of
saran wrap or the like on a good patterned section of the wall. Apply
plaster to the lath side of your tool, smooth it, and press it firmly
against the saran wrap while still wet. You should be able to pick up
the pattern that way. Let your tool set. Then use it to pattern your
repaired areas. I would wrap some saran wrap around the tool, to
prevent it adhering or drawing water from the repaired areas.
I hope you are using plaster of paris just for experimenting. It isn't
strong enough for walls. A good repair consists of a base layer of
perlited gypsum (also known as brown coat) for strength, and one or two
thin coats of finishing plaster, for smoothness. I'm not sure places
like Home Depot carry these; everything I saw there was oriented to
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The kit at home depot has the stuff you add to the paint and then you
just apply it with a deep napped roller and follow up with an empty
roller to smash the peaks down. (And then while it is still wet, you
scrape it off and do it again and again and again...)
Then you paint it the same color and move on with your life.
Try putting some of the plaster in a plastic bag and snip off the corner.
Use this like a pastry bag to squeeze out blobs and streaks a little
narrower than you want them to be. after it sets for about 10 minutes hold
a trowel at an angle and knock down the high spots. This will streak the
plaster similar to the original look.
Sometimes you need to widen the area of your texturing into the old plaster
so your artwork kind of blends with the original.
About the time I had mastered getting the toothpaste back in the tube, then
I learned this one from an old painter.
Patch the walls/cracks/etc. Blend in the filler to a slick,
smooth finish. Use plaster or drywall compound - I prefer thermal
setting drywall compound for repairing cracks. Trowel to
acceptable finish or sand out if required.
When trying to match old sand finish plaster or adding new gyp
walls that touch or need to blend with old sand finish plaster
walls, use cornmeal as texture.
His recipe was one cup of cornmeal to a gallon of paint. I have
used this quite a few times. You need to work at keeping the
cornmeal in suspension, you need to use a full- wet roller nap,
you need to work a bit at blending the rolled on texture so it
does not have blobs or runs of texture. As always, try on some
It is inexpensive to try and may give you just the effect you
Keep the whole world singing . . . .
DanG (remove the sevens)
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