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Texturing a Ceiling is Easier than It Looks—NOT

October 19, 2015

Samurai Carpenter tackles a whole new world: texturing a ceiling.

Note to viewers: Samurai is a professional carpenter, not a professional mudraker. This video is intended for your viewing pleasure and should not be interpreted as a Best Practice Guide on how to apply a professional texture to anything at all (except maybe the subfloor).

Samurai is trying out a texture product called Span Lite by Synko.

Step 1: Prime the ceiling with a texture undercoat primer.

Tip: degrease the ceiling in the kitchen before priming. If the ceiling has a semi gloss coating (for easy cleaning) scuff the surface with sandpaper or a sanding sponge before priming.

Step 2: Go for it.
  • Mix the texture in a bucket with a paddle mixer and cordless drill. Don’t add water like Samurai did.
  • Start troweling in the back hall so that your early mistakes won’t be so visible.
  • Apply texture in an even layer.
  • Use a rounded-edge trowel to smooth the texture and them skim it in a random pattern on the ceiling. Hold the trowel nearly flat to the ceiling and move about to achieve 'pull streaks’ to give it “that Mediterranean/European feel.”

600 square feet took a long full day’s work, but it got done in a day.

The Samurai Carpenter is a timber framer and furniture maker in Victoria, BC. See more on his YouTube channel

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