John has been busy sheet-rocking in the boys bathroom, which is really exciting, because that means paint is coming soon. One of the ideas we’re tossing around is doing a decorative finish on the wall with kind of a plaster-look finish. This morning I found several different tutorials for adding a bit more texture to a wall using sheetrock mud (aka joint compound).
Here’s one way to do it that involves adding a tube of caulk and some bonding primer to your joint compound, which actually makes good sense to me, since it sounds like it would really help the textured layer adhere to the wall. However–no pictures here. I’d really like to see some ideas for actually making the patterns on the wall.
Here’s a tutorial that uses Ardex, something I’ve never heard of. Turns out it is also used for giving formica countertops a facelift that looks a lot like concrete. I like that this tutorial has pictures. You can see the pattern is really random, and it looks pretty simple to do.
This tutorial from Home Depot has some close photos of how to pattern it– we’d just do step 1 and 2 I think, since we’re not really planning on adding a glaze to the wall. I think it also might be a good idea to add caulk and bonding primer to the joint compound like the first tutorial. Maybe also add some tint to the joint compound? Not sure.
Finally, I happened across this fabulous raised plaster stencil that allows you to do a faux stone finish on a wall. I am guessing this is pretty labor intensive, but I’d love to try it, perhaps on just one wall in the bathroom? Here’s the etsy shop where you can buy this cool looking stencil.
Have any of you done textured finishes on sheetrock? I’d love to hear your experiences.