Drywall Texturing For Your Small House
A common material to finish the interior walls of your small house is drywall, also known as sheet rock. Drywall texture also has the ability to put a variety of cost effective finishes on the surface that really looks like the real thing. So if your budget is limited with regard to installing rock, brick or other like materials, dry wall is really the way to go.
Before hanging drywall to finish the interior walls, you will want to check the building code for your jurisdiction, because there are specifications such as the number of nails/screws for each drywall sheet and other issues to be considered. As a general rule, you will want to start from the top with hanging drywall by first doing the ceilings. Hanging the drywall after doing the ceilings will help to support the ceiling material as well as prepare you to hang the drywall on the walls starting from the top and working down. You will want to be aware as you begin this stage that hanging drywall can be a messy job but all worth it in the end.
As you hang the drywall, be sure to note where all of the joists are located since this is where you will be putting in the nails to fasten down the drywall. The standard procedure for hanging drywall is working from the top down and perpendicular across making sure all the joints meet precisely and accurately. This will also make the application of the finishing coat, also known as spackling, easier and faster.
When your drywall job is complete you will be faced with an endless variety of options with regard to decorating the interior walls of your small house. Drywall texture allows for so many great styles of material that can be applied to a drywall surface.
Nowadays there are many more options than just paint and wallpaper. Many companies are coming out with faux finishes that include stone, brick, clay, sand, popcorn, sponge texturizing, color washing, and so many more. I would recommend faux style decorating over applying wallpaper simply because wallpaper quickly goes out of style and it is a royal pain to remove.
Many of the modernized faux finishes are indistinguishable from the real thing. For example, you can be successful applying a texture that resembles a fresco or raised texture finish and it looks like the real finish. Color washing with a brush and a sponge not only adds dimension to the room but adds an eloquent style unmatched by any regular paint finish. I ended up using a product on my small house called Behr Wall Texturized Paint to produce a somewhat knockdown kind of texture. I applied it with a rubber tile float in an arching motion and it turned out really decent.
There are also many plasters available that resemble Old World style or a French country style house and are much easier to work with and to apply than the old kind of wall plasters. You can also give your kitchen a rustic stone finish which is easily applied with faux stone and grout and cannot be distinguished from the real thing unless you get right down and study the wall.
The nice part about the entire interior wall finishing techniques that are currently available is that they are quite cost effective in comparison with jobs in which you use the real materials. Most of the materials are available in the paint section of major home improvement stores and are a beautiful alternative if your budget is somewhat depleted at the conclusion of building your small house.