Whether you call it a crow's foot or a slap brush, it's fairly easy to create a texture on your ceiling by using this special kind of brush. You will also need a thinned drywall joint compound. A stamped texture can make any room feel cozier, and it looks great both painted and unpainted. Also, the texture can help to cover up imperfections in your finished drywall. This type of texture can attenuate sounds, leading to an improvement in a room's acoustics. However, using a slap brush on a ceiling can get very messy and there is really no way around the splattering. This is why it's so important to properly protect your walls, woodwork and floor. In addition, you should always wear protective goggles and clothing when working on this type of project.
What You Will Need
5 Gallon Bucket
Drywall Joint Compound (All-Purpose)
Roller Skin (3/4 Inch Nap)
Paint Roller, Extension Pole
Step 1. Use painter's tape around the top perimeter of your wall, and then add about 12 inches of masking tape. Use drop cloths, masking paper or plastic sheeting to completely cover your woodwork and floors.
Step 2. Mix together 2 gallons of the drywall joint compound with 5 gallons of water until the mixture is pourable. You should end up with a thick milkshake consistency. Keep in mind that a thinner mixture will equate to a finer texture.
Step 3. Slide your roller skin onto your paint roller. Next, place the roller on your extension pole and dip it into the texture. Roll the texture onto the ceiling using the same method as if you were painting the ceiling. Roll in a single direction. Then do this again, but in a perpendicular direction this time so as to even out your layer.
Step 4. Place the slap brush on your extension pole. There are a variety of different types of extension poles available at most hardware stores, with the most popular being oval and resembling a big hairbrush.
Step 5. Roll a small amount of the mixture onto the brush. To create the texture, slap your brush on the ceiling using a moderate amount of force. This is important because if you try to slap on the texture with too little force the brush will result in a poor job. On the other hand, using a great deal of force may cause drywall fasteners to loosen.
Step 6. To create a random pattern, always rotate your brush through about a half turn. Try to overlap your pattern by approximately a quarter width of your brush. Also, when rotating the brush, you want to do the rotation prior to the brush contacting the ceiling, not when it has made contact.
Step 7. Allow the mixture to dry once you've finished, usually overnight. Roll on a drywall primer prior to painting.
For professional help with this project, contact professional painters, such as W Winslow Painting.