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DIY Texturing a Wall

Welcome back to the green bathroom…the room with so many projects and not enough time! I’ve been so busy lately with work and side projects that the green bathroom was briefly put on hold- again. But, it’s time to start busting out some projects in that room to get it finished!

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Now that the floors are done and I’ve painted the cabinet, I am giving the walls some much needed attention. Over the course of the 50 years that Mac owned this house, the walls have had hodge-podge texture and wallpaper. Luckily for me, the existing wallpaper had been on the walls for SO long that it practically fell off. Obviously, I got lucky. Removing wallpaper can be a beast– as I’ve experienced in Flip 2. Not all of the walls had wallpaper, but the portions that did, I had it all removed in less than 15 minutes. Thank.The.Lord. If you’ve removed wallpaper before, you know that often times the drywall beneath it is not textured. Such was the case in the green bathroom.

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When my contractor completed Operation Open Concept, I had him do some patching on the wall above the toilet. There had been a cabinet there, and when we removed it, it caused pretty substantial sheetrock damage. So he patched it for me, and it sat like that for 6 months. Then I started the torturous task of trying to find the right gray for this room. [side note: I’m at the point of stabbing pencils in my eyeballs over the stupid gray paint].

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Once my guy patched it, he didn’t texture it or prep the wall for paint. I told him I’d handle that. If it’s a large wall, I might have someone come do it for me. But the bathroom walls are only exposed halfway up and the room isn’t large to begin with. So I opted to texture them myself. If you’ve never textured a wall, it’s really not difficult at all. If you can operate a spray paint can, you can texture a wall!

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While perusing a thrift store, I found a brand new, unopened can of orange peel texture for $1.You can purchase these at a home improvement store for around $10-$15 & choose the texture you prefer. I wanted orange peel because it’s a subtle texture. With each can, you can adjust the setting for how thick you want the texture. I chose between fine & medium.  Unlike spray paint, you want to be further away from the wall. If it’s too close, it’s clumps in one area. The key is to spread the spray out and keep the can moving as you spray. There really isn’t a science to this- it’s just eyeing it.

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The texture comes out in what looks like a lot of liquid dots all over the wall. The dots will eventually dry into texture.

20170218_121603And there WILL be overspray. But don’t worry if you get it on your tile, like me. It wipes off, but if you don’t notice it before it dries–it easily scrapes off.

The great thing about texturing is that it doesn’t have to be perfect. There’s very little prep work and except for overspray, there’s no clean up. So it makes for an easy and quick project.

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Listen, I’m keeping it REAL with y’all. Laundry on the floor in the bathroom. Why you ask? Because doesn’t everyone texture walls and sort laundry at the same time? No? Just me? Well, it’s called multitasking.

While texturing a wall is extremely easy and requires virtually no skill, you do need to definitely ventilate the room. I opened a window and turned on a fan. The odor is intense so make sure you aren’t doing this in a confined space without any ventilation.

Now that I’ve finished the texture on the walls, up next is painting the walls. If I ever find the perfect gray. I’m having a contractor come this week to do the plumbing work that will transition the single sink vanity into a double sink vanity. I’m finally making some progress in there!

On a side note, I’ve FINALLY joined Instagram! Come follow along on my DIY house flipping adventures and get inspired by the Bachelorette Pad transformations! Username: @bachelorettepadflip

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6 thoughts on “DIY Texturing a Wall

  1. Grey is very tricky and the lighting makes such a difference too. I don’t have any grey walls in my house, but I have grey accents elsewhere, in my kitchen backsplash and in the slate tile floor, living room sofas, limestone fireplace and matching hearth/bench that spans the width of the living room. Personally, I would consider going with the cream color in the tile; take it to a paint store and have them match it, just to create less contrast and busy-ness. Just my two cents. Use chromes and stainless as your “greys” and you have your floor tiles tying in also. I have painted the whole interiors of our previous two houses. No matter what the color, it is such a process to find the right one. Good luck.

  2. Is the white tile trimming the green tile a true white or a creamy, off-white? I wonder about the choice of grey because of the undertone color of the grey. Are you trending towards the blue-grey’s or yellow-grey’s? Why not a matching white to the tile trim white? Would a lighter shade of grey that totally matches the grey grout be possible? (Match the grout, then lighten)

    1. The white tile isn’t a true white and it has tan/gray speckles on it. I’m leaning towards a lighter/whisper gray. I really want the green tile to be the focus- not the gray paint, so I’m trying to keep it subtle.

  3. Someone “textured” our pink baths before we moved in…it’s a horrible job, looks like it was done with a tile tool, the one that you grate the tile adhesive with. Then they painted it an awful awful light mauve! We’ve been here ten years and I still have no idea if we should paint or scrape the texture off…any ideas? The front bath is pink with light green trim tiles similar to the color of yours. The back bath has black tile accents and trim with brighter pink. Built in 55.
    I can’t wait to see the color you choose!

    1. Autumn- they actually make wall sanders that sand off bad texture. It’s a little messy but not difficult. Adding your own texture with the spray I used is an easy fix! I posted an article on my Facebook page this week about retro pink bathrooms! There are a lot of design ideas on their list!

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