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Bungalow Kitchen: Ceiling Texture


This weekend I was hard at work to get the kitchen ready for it’s date with cabinet installation.

Let me pause right here and tell you how glad I am to NOT be putting together Ikea cabinets right now.  I’m SO GLAD!!!! I mean, it’s hard enough to work in time to get everything done to have someone else install made cabinets; I can’t imagine having to build and install everything myself.  Would it save a little money?  Yes.  Would I rather pay someone else to make quality cabinets and install them.  Yes.

Okay, back to the ceiling…
I spent the weekend texturing the ceiling and priming all the new surfaces so we can get ready for paint. Here is what we’re leaning toward for color:


Um, we’re working on narrowing down that pile…it’s been a long process and that is a small pile of paint chips compared to what we started with. We want something that will go with the slate–our floor choice– but not be too overwhelming.

So like I was saying, we’re working on things.

Texturing a ceiling isn’t as bad as it seems. I basically slathered a big flat trowel with topping mud and then proceeded to squish it against the ceiling.


Squish Squash, up and down. The result is a lot of peaks and valleys.


I let those set up for a few minutes and then came back and knocked down the peaks with a regular 12″ putty knife. The idea is to smooth out the texture without getting rid of it completely.


The process creates a consistent texture with an inconsistent pattern. It takes a little muscle, but it’s not a difficult task.



  • Looks great! This is what I should probably do for the downstairs bathroom wall. Will it look funny to just texture one wall?

    • I think texturingin walls is a bit different, you want a more subtle texture usually. But it can certainly be done. And it depends on the wall if you only want to do one. I would expect that in a small room like a bathroom it would be best to do all the walls. But that’s just me.

  • The only problem with texturing walls is that it is very difficult to clean–because of the peaks and valleys. But maybe you are a better cleaner than I am.

    • I think that if the walls have a subtle enough texture, and a high enough gloss in the paint, then cleaning it isn’t as hard. Certainly you wouldn’t want as much texture as on the ceiling, but some light texture can hide a multitude of sins.