Texture Ceiling Ideas - New Sheetrock
A method that is not mentioned at "Drywallschool. com" is using a paint roller. My dad, who was a plasterer (a great one) for 28 years, recommended this method to us when we textured our entire living room and hallway (30 sheets of sheetrock). It saved moving all of our furnishings out of the room.
We used a thick nap roller and drywall mud thinned to the consistency of thick paint. Actually, the consistency is up to you. You can roll it on in any of multiple textures and patterns. Press lightly and you get a heavy peaked effect. Press more firmly and you get a smoother effect. The reason most people like this method is because they have used a paint roller numerous times.
The one thing to be aware of is that drywall mud takes more diligence to get the overlaps correct. It doesn't work like paint. It doesn't soak into the surface of the sheetrock. So, I highly recommend trying it on a scrap piece of sheetrock if you decide to try this method.
It worked very nicely for us. We did an orange peel type texture; and others by accident. Everybody who has seen it, can't believe that we did it with a roller. I have to admit, if I didn't know how it was done, I could not tell you.
I have done allot of texturing and this was the easiest method of all. The knockdown texture is the most technical. You must spray it on at the perfect consistency, let it dry to the perfect moisture content and then keep the lumps out of it. Otherwise, you will have lines, made by the lumps, that are nearly impossible to remove.
One thing to keep in mind when you are texturing is that you can remove the new "wet" texture easily with a large blade taping knife. This works great until it begins to dry.
Last edited by Handyman50; 10-30-2007 at 10:10 PM.