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The Easy Way to Add Texture to a Drywall Patch

Have you ever patched a hole in your drywall, only to have it stick out like a sore thumb? Does your patch look almost as bad as the hole you were trying to repair? Fear not, there is a very easy way to add an orange peel texture to your patch and let it blend in better with its surroundings.

This is so simple you're probably going to laugh, but I've done it hundreds of times and it works better than you can probably imagine.

Here's what you'll need:

  • Quickset drywall mud
  • Small drywall mud pan
  • 6" drywall knife
  • Straw whisk broom

Mix up a small batch of drywall mud (preferably the quick set type to save time), maybe around 1/2 an inch deep in a 12 inch drywall pan (you may need more or less, depending on how large of a patch you are texturing). Mix it a little thin, so it's like a thick soup. You'll figure out the right consistency after you've tried it a few times.

Now, go change your clothes or put on a pair of coveralls because this next step is going to be messy until you get the hang of it.

Ok, now take your straw whisk broom (the straw type works the best, don't even bother with the plastic ones, the bristles are too flimsy for this application), and dip the tips of the bristles into the drywall mud. Just the tips, you don't want to "load up" the whisk broom or you'll have a big mess on your hands.

Now hold the whisk broom upright, with the bristles pointed towards the ceiling, in front of the drywall patch you're going to texture, about a foot or so away. Here's the messy part, take your other hand and drag your fingers across the tips of the whisk broom bristles, pulling your fingers towards you, so they "flip" the soupy drywall mud onto the wall in little droplets of varying size. Each time you dip your broom into your mud, you should be able to get four or five "flips" on the wall before you have to load up again.

Experiment with holding the broom closer and further away from the wall, and how fast you drag your fingers across the tips of the bristles. Both of these factors will change the size and pattern of the drywall droplets you are flinging onto the wall.

When you are satisfied with the amount of texture you've flung onto the wall, let it dry for just a few minutes before proceeding to the next step. You don't want it to dry completely, just let it set up a bit.

Depending on the surrounding wall's texture, this next step may be optional.

When your newly textured patch has set up a bit, take your 6" drywall knife and very lightly drag it across the droplets of drywall mud, just enough to "flatten" the tops of the droplets, but not hard enough to smear your texture (unless the texture you are trying to match is the more smeared type).

This method does take some practice and getting used to, but I promise you that once you master it you will be able to texture any patch and make it nearly invisible to anyone that isn't looking for it.

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L.W. Perry

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