Posts Tagged ‘smoothing textured walls’

Spray Can Texture

March 1, 2023
I’m getting ready to skim-float this accent wall in a master bedroom , to smooth the textured wall .  The texture on the wall looks a little odd to me.  Also, it is more concentrated in the center of the wall , and less so as you get close to corners and window moldings .
This is leading me to think that this texture didn’t come with the house .  When homes are built and texture is wanted, the painters or drywall guys come in with spray equipment and shoot the joint compound onto the wall.  This gives a pretty uniform coverage , and also coats every surface, up into corners and molding.
Not sure, but I think this one I’m working with might be the after-market kind that you can buy in a spray can from Home Depot .  It does seem pretty uniform, too.  
You can do a search here to read more about the skim-floating / skim-coating process , and smoothing textured walls , to provide a smooth and attractive surface for the new wallpaper . 

Keeping Dust Out of the Client’s Home

August 31, 2015

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I do a lot of floating walls (smoothing textured walls, so the bumps don’t show through the surface of the wallpaper). This entails sanding, and sanding always means dust.

In a powder room, not a biggie – I just close the door, sand, and then vacuum up the dust. But in open areas, dust can float all over the room. To contain the dust, I put up a curtain of painter’s plastic. It works great, and homeowners stay happy.

Finally, a Workman Who Does a Good Job

July 22, 2014

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Digital ImageWhere I was hanging wallpaper / grasscloth today, a workman was patching a cut-out in a wall. At first (top photo), I thought, “Geeze, this patch looks like crap, surely he doesn’t think that’s ready to be painted!”

But a little later, he came back and did a little sanding, then refloated the patch, and, I have to say, his work looks fantastic. And he’s not done. He still has to texture the patch – and it’s a skilled craftsman who can match new texture to the texture already on the rest of the wall.

This man used what we call 20-minute mud – joint compound that is formulated to dry in 20 minutes, much more quickly than the regular kind (which is what I use when I’m smoothing textured walls). Since he was working in several areas in the house, he could spend 20 minutes on another project, then come back and fine-tune this patch.

Cherry Blossoms Make for a Very Pretty Bathroom

May 10, 2014

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Digital ImageThis beautiful pattern is serene, yet just a little beachy, in the master bathroom of this League City home not far from Galveston Island. Previously, the walls were just plain boring paint, and the room felt empty and had no character.

I also put some light aqua & natural fiber grasscloth in an art niche just outside the bedroom door. The homeowner said, “I LOVE it. Now I want to find another room to paper!” (She did. 🙂 )

I spent four days here, smoothing the textured walls, priming, and hanging the wallpaper.

This pattern is by Schumacher, and was sold by Dorota at Southwestern Paint near the Rice Village in Houston. She is wonderful at helping you zero in on just the right pattern, and her prices are lower than ‘most anywhere else. By appointment. dorotasouthwestern@hotmail.com (713) 520-6262