How To Texture Drywall With A Roller & Mud: 10 Steps That Works Great

Texturing is the best way to make your drywall more beautiful and appealing. Now the question is “how to texture drywall with a roller” but before start to the answer first we try to understand what is texture.

As you know drywall is a panel or board made from mostly gypsum which is a very porous material. But also it is found enough strong so it can sustain any heavy article easily as well as you can also make texturing over it.

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How To Texture Drywall With A Roller & Mud: 10 Steps That Works Great

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How To Texture Drywall With A Roller & Mud: 10 Steps That Works Great

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How To Texture Drywall With A Roller & Mud: 10 Steps That Works Great

What is Texture

Basically, the texture is a design or you can also say the pattern which makes your wall more beautiful and appealable.

The surface of any material as felt by the sense of touch is also called texture or you can say, texturing is a way to add an artistic flair to any wall or ceiling in your home.

If you want to define the texture in one sentence then you can say “feel of surface” it may be smooth, rough, fuzzy, slimy, and lots of textures something in between.

There are numbers of textures or patterns are available in the market and that are as follows,

Comb texture, Popcorn texture, orange peel texture, Knockdown texture, tree type texture and so many. With the help of textures, you can hide minor as well as major imperfections of drywall.  

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How Do You Achieve These Texture On Your wall?

Yes, you are right we can achieve texture on our wall with the help of a texture roller and joint compound (mud).

Nowadays most people want to make their home more beautiful, decorative, and more appealing so they go with different techniques to make their home more beautiful and more appealing. Texturing to the wall is also one of these techniques.

Texturing is very easy to apply on your wall with the help of drywall mud by using different tools like a roller with a pattern, brush, trowel, mud knife, hawk, comb, slap brush, sponge with a pattern and so many.

By using these various tools you can give different looks to your wall.

Nowadays the roller with a cut pattern is trending because various patterns are available in the roller and with the help of these patterns you can give different looks to your wall very easily and it is not time-consuming.

So here we will see how to texture drywall with a roller and mud,

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How To Texture Drywall With A Roller And Mud

The roller is the easiest and time-saving way of texturing as well as the number of variety of patterns available in it, this type of roller is called a texture roller. 

The one thing that I really love about this is that anybody can do it, have professional results, it’s inexpensive and there are a lot of different patterns available in it.

It is very easy than the conventional way of applying wall texture using a hopper and an air compressor which is loud and messy. 

There are some trending patterns in the texture roller are crow’s foot pattern, vine pattern, basket weave pattern, Serengeti, bear claw, and the most popular pattern is tree bark pattern.

By following a proper way, you could easily apply the texture to your drywall so stay tuned with how to texture drywall with a roller.

  1. Tools required for texturing
  2. List out the materials do you require
  3. Always with safety
  4. Make your room empty 
  5. Wipeout dust
  6. Apply primer (if required)
  7. Mix joint compound enough to roll
  8. Roll out the wall texture
  9. Knockdown the surface
  10. Apply primer

Let us see the above steps one by one,

Step 1. Tools Required For Texturing 🔧

For texturing to drywall you need some tools, so the list of the tools which you required are as below,

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Trowel

How To Texture Drywall With A Roller & Mud: 10 Steps That Works Great

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Regular Paint Roller

How To Texture Drywall With A Roller & Mud: 10 Steps That Works Great

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Texture Roller

How To Texture Drywall With A Roller & Mud: 10 Steps That Works Great

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Drywall Mud Pan

How To Texture Drywall With A Roller & Mud: 10 Steps That Works Great

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Drywall Mud Knife

How To Texture Drywall With A Roller & Mud: 10 Steps That Works Great

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Joint Compound Mixer

How To Texture Drywall With A Roller & Mud: 10 Steps That Works Great

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Drywall Tape (if required)

How To Texture Drywall With A Roller & Mud: 10 Steps That Works Great

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Measurement Tape

How To Texture Drywall With A Roller & Mud: 10 Steps That Works Great

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Drywall Pole Sander (if required) 

How To Texture Drywall With A Roller & Mud: 10 Steps That Works Great

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Drop Cloth

How To Texture Drywall With A Roller & Mud: 10 Steps That Works Great

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Drywall Sander

How To Texture Drywall With A Roller & Mud: 10 Steps That Works Great

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Drywall Mop

How To Texture Drywall With A Roller & Mud: 10 Steps That Works Great

Step 2. List Out The Materials Required For Texturing

First of all, you list out the materials that you will require for texturing. Here we are presenting the list of the materials which you will require,

1

Joint Compound

How To Texture Drywall With A Roller & Mud: 10 Steps That Works Great

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Primer

How To Texture Drywall With A Roller & Mud: 10 Steps That Works Great

Now figure out how much area you have to be textured. Measure that area in which you want to be textured and according to that area make available the required quantity of materials like Mud, Water, Primer, and Paint, etc on your site.

Step 3. Always With Safety

First, understand the risk of the hazard at your workplace and then wear the safety devices according to your work. Here we are presenting the list of the safety equipment which you will require,

1

Respirator (OR)

How To Texture Drywall With A Roller & Mud: 10 Steps That Works Great

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Dust Mask

How To Texture Drywall With A Roller & Mud: 10 Steps That Works Great

3

Safety Goggle

How To Texture Drywall With A Roller & Mud: 10 Steps That Works Great

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Safety Hand Gloves

How To Texture Drywall With A Roller & Mud: 10 Steps That Works Great

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Safety Shoes

How To Texture Drywall With A Roller & Mud: 10 Steps That Works Great

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Safety Ladder

How To Texture Drywall With A Roller & Mud: 10 Steps That Works Great

Step 4. Make Your Room/Area Empty

Shift your room furniture and home appliances to another room. Remove wall and door curtains, outlet covers, pictures, wall hanging, and other home decors.

If you are not able to shift any one of the home appliances, then you can move that appliance away from the wall and cover it with the help of a dropcloth. 

Lay dropcloths on the floor adjacent to the wall where you want to texture first.

Step 5. Wipe-Out Dust

First vacuum the floor of the area where you have to apply texture and then clean out the drywall with the help of a drywall mop. If you have any confusion regarding how to clear dust then read this post best way to clean up drywall dust.

Step 6. Apply Primer (if required)

Apply the best primer if your drywall is new. If your drywall is already painted then you do not need to apply primer over the drywall, but remember if there is any loose particle available then scrapped it with the help of a mud knife.

Note: If your drywall is new then make sure to apply mud on the drywall joints with drywall tape. Let that mud dry and then sand it. Again wipe out the dust from the wall and now this time apply primer only over the mud area.

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How To Texture Drywall With A Roller & Mud: 10 Steps That Works Great

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How To Texture Drywall With A Roller & Mud: 10 Steps That Works Great

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How To Texture Drywall With A Roller & Mud: 10 Steps That Works Great

Step 7. Mix Up Joint Compound Enough To Roll

Texturing is a way to add an artistic flair to any wall or ceiling in your home. The way we do that is with a product called joint compound this is a premixed joint compound.

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You have to add a little water to it, to get it to the right consistency. Now the question that will be coming into your mind is, what is the right consistency?

What is the right consistency?

Well, it all depends on the design you are going to put on your wall.

If you want a very detailed design, then the consistency of the joint compound should be heavier like peanut butter and if you want a less defined pattern on your wall then you will want something a little lighter like a pancake batter

Remember the mud mixture should be thin enough to roll but not dripping off the roller. So according to your requirement see what works best for you.  

How To Texture Drywall With A Roller & Mud: 10 Steps That Works Great

Step 8. Roll Out The Wall Texture

Hope you got the right consistency of joint compound, which is called texture material. Take a regular paint roller it’s a half-inch nap. The nap means the thickness of the roller, and we want at least a half-inch nap roller.

Fill a paint tray with the right consistency of joint compound or mud mixture. Dip the regular roller into the mud mixture, roll it out, and then roll the mud over the piece of cardboard to test the consistency before you roll it onto the wall.  

How To Texture Drywall With A Roller & Mud: 10 Steps That Works Great

Well after testing the right consistency of joint compound or mud mixture, you can apply the mud-loaded regular roller on the wall, and by rolling the mud-loaded regular roller on the drywall, you could get the texture which is shown below.

How To Texture Drywall With A Roller & Mud: 10 Steps That Works Great

The above texture you got just because of rolling the regular 1/2 inch nap roller. and let that dry. If you want to know how much time it takes to dry then read this post how long does drywall mud take to dry.

Now here we have the two cases for how to texture drywall with a roller, which is as below

Case 1. Roll the (Serengeti) texture roller over the textured pattern which is created by the regular roller

Case 2. Roll the (Serengeti) texture roller over the smooth/plain surface which is created by the trowel

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Let’s see each case one by one,

Case 1. Roll the (Serengeti) texture roller over the textured pattern which is created by the regular roller.

By rolling the mud loaded regular roller on the drywall you get the surface which is as shown in the below image

Pattern With The Help Of A Regular Roller
Pattern With The Help Of A Regular Roller

Now take the Serengeti texture roller [Remember, now this is the textured roller, not the regular roller], these rollers have the design cut in them.

You have to dampen the Serengeti texture roller lightly first and then squeeze it before use.

Now it’s time to roll the Serengeti texture roller over the textured pattern created by the regular roller. So you roll the Serengeti texture roller, up to down from the left-hand corner.

How To Texture Drywall With A Roller & Mud: 10 Steps That Works Great

Remember when you roll the Serengeti texture roller, up to down from the left-hand corner then do not repeat this patch again, down to up from the left-hand corner.

Now put the roller on the upside just slightly overlap the first patch which is shown in the below image and roll the roller in a downward direction. Once you complete the patch do not repeat the patch again.

How To Texture Drywall With A Roller & Mud: 10 Steps That Works Great

In this way, you can complete wall texturing here and you will get the final result as shown in the below image.

How To Texture Drywall With A Roller & Mud: 10 Steps That Works Great

Look at this pattern, when you will finish your work you will get the above result and the above pattern is called the Serengeti.

As we saw in the above case, we rolled the (Serengeti) texture roller over the pattern which was created by the regular roller

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Case 2. Roll the Serengeti texture roller over the smooth or plain pattern which is created by the trowel.

Now here, we will roll the Serengeti texture roller over the smooth or plain pattern, and let’s see how we get to see Serengeti.  

So here you have to smooth out the texture with the help of a trowel and it looks like as shown in the below image.

How To Texture Drywall With A Roller & Mud: 10 Steps That Works Great

Now take the Serengeti texture roller, these rollers have the design cut in them. You have to dampen the roller first before you use it. Now I am going to show you what the Serengeti looks like on a smooth surface.

Now it’s time to roll the Serengeti texture roller over the smooth/plain pattern created by the trowel. So you roll the Serengeti texture roller, up to down from the left-hand corner.

How To Texture Drywall With A Roller & Mud: 10 Steps That Works Great

Remember when you roll the Serengeti texture roller, up to down from the left-hand corner then do not repeat this patch again, down to up from the left-hand corner.

Now put the Serengeti texture roller on the upside just slightly overlap the first patch which is shown in the below image and roll the Serengeti texture roller in a downward direction. Once you complete the patch do not repeat the patch again.

How To Texture Drywall With A Roller & Mud: 10 Steps That Works Great

In this way, you can complete wall texturing here and you will get the final result as shown in the below image.

How To Texture Drywall With A Roller & Mud: 10 Steps That Works Great

Look at this pattern, when you will finish your work you will get the above result and the above pattern is called the Serengeti. In this way, you can complete the entire wall and allow the mud to dry completely before further proceeding.

Now you can check the difference between the final product of case 1 and case 2 also.

Note: Apply mud to smaller areas where the roller won’t fit, using a stiff-bristled paintbrush or a 4-inch mini roller.

Step 9. Knockdown The Surface

If your texture has sharp edges then you can knock down the surface by smoothing a drywall knife across the texture with the tool held at a flat angle. In this way, you finished “how to texture drywall with a roller”.

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Step 10. Apply Primer

Now you can apply primer but remember one thing you can apply primer only when the texture is completely dry. Let that primer dry and then after drying, your texture is ready for paint.

Popular Drywall Textures

Nowadays texture is the most common, affordable, and time-saving alternative for home decor. Basically, the texture is the design that you can make with the help of any tools whose texture impresses you. It is easy to install and it is also easy to remove.

By applying texture you get two benefits one is you can make your wall more beautiful and attractive and the second is you can hide any imperfections on your wall and this is the reason why it is very much in trend these days.

But do you know which drywall textures are the most popular?

So here we have come up with a list of some popular and trending drywall textures, so please have a look,

1

Serengeti Texture

How To Texture Drywall With A Roller & Mud: 10 Steps That Works Great

2

Crows Foot Texture

How To Texture Drywall With A Roller & Mud: 10 Steps That Works Great

3

Tree Bark Texture

How To Texture Drywall With A Roller & Mud: 10 Steps That Works Great

4

Vine texture

How To Texture Drywall With A Roller & Mud: 10 Steps That Works Great

5

Basket Weave Texture

How To Texture Drywall With A Roller & Mud: 10 Steps That Works Great

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Bear Claw Texture

How To Texture Drywall With A Roller & Mud: 10 Steps That Works Great

7

Palm Leaf Texture

How To Texture Drywall With A Roller & Mud: 10 Steps That Works Great

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Regular Paint Roller Texture

How To Texture Drywall With A Roller & Mud: 10 Steps That Works Great

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Smooth Texture

How To Texture Drywall With A Roller & Mud: 10 Steps That Works Great

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Comb Texture

How To Texture Drywall With A Roller & Mud: 10 Steps That Works Great

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Fan Texture

How To Texture Drywall With A Roller & Mud: 10 Steps That Works Great

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Knockdown Texture

How To Texture Drywall With A Roller & Mud: 10 Steps That Works Great

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Skip Trowel Texture

How To Texture Drywall With A Roller & Mud: 10 Steps That Works Great

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Orange Peel Texture

How To Texture Drywall With A Roller & Mud: 10 Steps That Works Great

How To Texture Drywall With A Roller & Mud: 10 Steps That Works Great

15

Popcorn Texture 

How To Texture Drywall With A Roller & Mud: 10 Steps That Works Great
How To Texture Drywall With A Roller & Mud: 10 Steps That Works Great

All these are very popular and trending drywall textures. If you want to see what all these textures look like you can visit this article’s popular drywall textures.

Final Wording

Here you came to know that “how to texture drywall with a roller”. Now you can make your home more beautiful by applying texture to your drywall. 

Hope this post “how to texture drywall with a roller” will help you in the right direction. If you have any questions, suggestions or tips then type them in the comment section. We welcome your tips, questions, and suggestions.

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