Dreaming of smooth walls…

Wow the last post I wrote was before we started putting out our bathroom back together. Perhaps I should write a few more of these.

We just finished something we have never done before! Yeah I know we can probably say that about any one of our many projects, but we even bought a new tool for this one. We picked up a mud hopper at Lowe’s so we could texture our walls! They run about $70 and Arielle wasn’t really sure if it would be worth it, but all of our walls happen to have a slight orange peel texture to them and any mudding we do sticks out like a sore thumb since it’s flat.

So first we covered up anything that could get sprayed that shouldn’t be – basically everything but drywall.  We saved the plastic protector from the mattress we bought in the fall to use as a drop cloth, so we used that to cover the floor – FREE SCORE!  Well we did buy the mattress…Then we taped another plastic drop cloth over all the tile in the shower.

Here’s a photo of the mudded wall before we started. Flat.

Then I had to figure out how to use the hopper and what size of texture would best match our walls. For some people this may be easier than others. I checked how much mud was spraying out and how much air to be using by texturing a piece of cardboard in the back yard. This probably would have been a lot easier if I didn’t own the world’s most ghetto compressor. My compressor (which my dad gave me so I am not complaining at all) has a lot of quirks. The pressure register on it doesn’t turn the compressor on or off like it should. With a texture hopper, you need very little pressure (not over 30 PSI), so Arielle had to sit in the hall and plug in and unplug the compressor. It may be more work than some compressors, but it’s so much cheaper than buying a new one!

Here’s a glamour shot of me texturing.

You can see how the texture looks when it is sprayed on the wall. The new texture is much thicker than what’s on our other walls, so we needed to sand it down lightly once it dried.

See how good it looks once it’s sanded down?

We are looking forward to finishing the bathroom, but there are still a lot of little steps before we close this project down. Would love to share more, but I have to get back to working on our bathroom!

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2 Responses to Dreaming of smooth walls…

  1. ashleigh dean March 13, 2012 at 12:15 am #

    Wow – I’m lovin the new website! Especially the chevron pattern as the header 🙂 Oh, and it is great to see the progress in the bathroom. You guys are awesome!

  2. Arielle March 14, 2012 at 8:41 pm #

    Thanks! My brother designed it for us. It’s starting to go really quickly now. Hopefully we’ll be done next week!