Leah from See Jane Drill demonstrates how to create a skip trowel texture on a wall or ceiling. Also called mud trowel knockdown, santa fe, and spanish knockdown texture.
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I bought a 70s split-level foreclosure that has this on all the walls and ceiling surfaces. I removed a wall which left an area to patch on the ceiling. Additionally, I replaced drywall in several areas of the house and had no idea how I was going to match the new drywall to the existing textured surfaces until I saw your video. I can't tell you how stressed I was about figuring this out. Thanks for the video. You have helped me tremendously.
Thanks for another awesome video. My mom is a contractor so I love seeing other women in the trade. I grew up in the trade but always hired out the texturing but with your help I did a room myself today. As per the trowel thing I used a concrete float ant the curved surface worked much easier than a trowel did for me. Just wanted to share. I was having a hard time with the trowel but couldn’t mess up with the float.
I'm completing a remodel in my house that had terrible dry wall work done. After rescrewing all of the surfaces, most of the wall board was loose, I used this texture in most of the house. Using a 1/4 x 5/16 notched thin set trowel to get an even amount of mud on the wall. Then used pool concrete trowel to smooth out the mud, then skip or drag it to get the texture I wanted. The pool trowel has rounded corners which prevents the corners from digging in and leaving marks. I worked from a home made plasterer's board to hold my mud . A piece of smooth plywood screwed to an old piece of broom handle makes a good mud palet.
How do i match this to old skip trowel pattern on my ceiling? The people i hired to match ours did a bad job. Can i sand what they did down to take the high peaks out and see if it matches or should i remove all the texture from the ceiling and start over? Is there an easy way to do that without damaging the ceilings. Thanks! Love your videos. They let me know this ol girl can do it!!
Hi Leah, thank you for your videos. I've got a plain drywall wall to blend in with a heavy brocade finish, and was wondering why the pink plaster bonding is not needed. Is this because you're using the mud, instead of plaster?
I'm also fixing the ceiling gashes from removing a few walls, so since the ceiling is (half circle) swirly plaster, I saw from your video that i would use the pink bonding agent on the plaster ceiling, so i'll do that, but was just trying to figure this all out.
So do I have this right, that I can use the mud on the wall but use plaster on the ceiling? Could I try to use the just mud to blend in the swirls on the ceiling, or should I use plaster for the ceiling?
If the heavy brocade wall is plaster, and I think it may be, can I still use mud alone to blend in on the plain drywall about 5 feet of wall? Or do I need to actually mix up plaster? I think I can match the brocade after your excellent videos.
Hope these questions are too elementary, but I'm jumping in with this in a day or so. Thank you so very much.
Thank you soooo much, Leah! Ok, I'll just use joint compound on all the ceiling gashes and to blend the brand new drywall with the heavy brocade wall. Gosh, thank you for responding. I won't even bother with plaster now. You've got such a great series of videos, I'm watching all of them, and now my helpers are, too. Much thanks, Leah!! : )
Hi JT, let me try to answer your questions. The pink plaster bonder (called PlasterWeld) is only needed when you are plastering with real plaster, NOT with joint compound/mud. This is because joint compound contains a bonding agent. And because I'm not there, I can't really visualize your job, but what I can tell you is that you can go over both plaster and drywall with joint compound. You don't need to mix up plaster, and in fact that will make the job much more difficult and complicated. I hope this helps!
This is awesome and I'm going to do it on a drywall job in my basement that I royally screwed up :) Question about painting I haven't been able to find the answer to: what type of roller should I use for painting over this to make sure I hit all the cracks and crevasses? It seems like the painting part would be quite difficult unless I'm missing something.
AWESOME! You make it look very easy, but I Know there's years of troweling to get to that level.
Now my question:
How do you do this to small areas?
Like next to door frames and corners or windows near corners.
I have quite a few very small areas, so looking for info on which tools to use.
Thanks for the video.
Hi David, they make very skinny margin trowels to get to those tight areas. They also make something called a midget trowel. But these are specialty tools. And sometimes it is just easier to modify something you already have, such as bending a butter knife.
Hi Jane, I just love your videos! I have a question for you. How do you go about doing this type of texture in smaller spaces? For instance, I want to do this in my kitchen but the wall surface around my cupboards is quite small. Do you use a smaller trowel? or? Thanks!
Great Demo! I have done this a few times by trial and error in the past, if I had watched this video before hand I would have saved myself a lot of aggravation. Thank you for your time, it is very much appreciated.
As always, Leah has the best and most informational videos out there. I don't even search anymore, I just go to Seejanedrill's page first. Thank you for providing great video's. I can do it and because of you I did do it!! :)
This tutorial saved a ceiling in an upstairs small room that we didn't know what to do with! Someone applied drywall very poorly and it was sagging and not looking good. After this video, I got the courage to try something radical! We used 1x3s over the drywall at the studs to simulate exposed beams, and did this texture between! The 1x3s held up the old drywall pack into place and this compound finish gives the whole area a beautiful French country look! Thank you sooo much for making these videos available! 😀
Great video Leah. I must admit I've watched it several times since when you uploaded it in 2014. i've been doing a variation of skip trowel texture that's popular in my area ever since popcorn went out of style in the mid 90's here in Florida. Lol... Thanks for the video, -Paul
Hi Jane. Do you always start at the bottom of the wall? What do you do at the top at the ceiling and inner corners if you are doing abutting walls? Do you have to use setting mud? I see all purpose thinned being used too. Also....I will be painting my walls after texture...what is the best way to primer and paint them?
No, you don't have to start at the bottom of the wall. You just need to start from one corner and go up and over, or one top corner and go down and over. Don't start in the middle of the wall. Use a damp paintbrush to clean the angles (corners) out, so that you get a nice crisp line. No, you don't have to use setting-type joint compound, you can use pre-mixed, mixed with water. But it will give you a softer texture (less pronounced) than if you use setting-type. As to your last question, you can just prime and paint as you normally would. Good luck with your project!
Excellent presentation. Just moved a giant aquarium out of my new home.. All the walls around it were textured in this manner. Now, I can fix this bare spot which can be seen form almost everywhere in the house. Thank you for taking the time to make the video.
Awesome video!! Been in the construction biz for 20 years and have watched many videos on how to do unfamiliar projects, have to say that this is the best ever on any subject. No BS, no crap, no extra talking. Just straight how to advice with just the right attitude. Thanks so much for posting this
This is a great video! We are finishing our basement and are just learning everything through youtube. So many videos have bad angles, or the person turns off the camera to finish things so you can't see how it's done. I found your video very, very helpful. THANK YOU!
I am attempting to rejuvenate some plaster walls and my father suggested skip troweling as a way to cover a multitude of sins I watched Ye Olde You Tube for how-to's on how to skip trowel, and this is by far the best and clearest demonstration. Thanks to your easy-to-understand video, I know I can accomplish this project!
See Jane kill it! Thank you thank you! Superb video and teaching that took the feat and black magic out of skip troweling. I've watched so many other videos and read articles but my textures look like crap and now I know why.
Thanks so much for posting this, your easy to understand instruction gives me the confidence to tackle this project!
A recent online house hunting search was the first time my wife and I had seen this technique used. The home we were looking at used a butterscotch paint with a chocolate glaze that was extremely attractive to both of us. This is desired even for walls that don't need any masking to cover imperfections.
Question: If this is applied through a good portion of the house, should the amount of compound used be consistent with all walls and/or rooms, or would it look OK to vary them (e.g. lighter coat in living room, heavier in bathroom)?
I know that comes down to personal preference, but with your experience it would be nice to have your opinion, as well. Have you seen that approach taken before?
Leah, you make that look easy! :) We just tried this on a bathroom that we were working on. It kept suctioning to the wall as we were doing it. Is that just a matter of finding the right angle with the trowel to finesse it? We were using a bucket of the pre-mixed all purpose mud, but wasn't sure if we did something wrong. :) We got through it, didn't turn out half bad, but wanted to ask about that. Great video!
Thank you so much for making this video! And, good tip about not putting it on too heavy. My first time (before I watched this) I applied it waaaaay too heavy and the next day I could flake it off, lol oops. Keep up the videos!!!!!
Great video! I love the way you showed 3 different ways to achieve wall texture using basically the same technique. You didn't overcomplicate your explanations. Thank you for stressing that only one person should do the actual texturing. For some reason (I don't know why), this seems to be a hard concept for some people to grasp. Bravo!
Leah thanks so much - I have learned so much from your videos and since I am about to rock and finish a laundry room, this vid is especially useful. Thanks so much - please keep publishing these! Going to look for one on removing a popcorn finish now :)
love this video and texture. I am getting ready to do my basement texture. I tried one small section to get the hang of it. I kept having the edges leave plow marks in the mud. how can I avoid the hard edge lines when skipping the trowel? thanks again! best video I've found.
Leah, I'm now 70 years old. I started doing Drywall when I was 18 years old. I was helping my cousin for the summer and my father who sold drywall mud and materials to contractors. At that time I (we) never did the Santa Fe type texture out in central Texas and Oklahoma. Did a lot of knockdown though.
Anyway, I never did drywall as a profession. I ended up managing resort hotels in the islands. ;-) However, from time-to-time I've built several houses with my own hands and made repairs to others I've owned. Each time I've learned something from the Pro's on the job and used their instruction(s) to make my work better.
Now at 70 you've taught me the Santa Fe or Spanish knockdown texture and I sincerely appreciate it. I'm doing drywall texturing tomorrow for my son and his wife in their new home and this is the type of texture they want. Thanks to you... this is what they'll get!
Leah, I've watched many of your other video's and I sincerely appreciate you and your deep knowledge in everything you present. You are an excellent teacher/tutor. You make things clear, succinct, and comprehensive in a highly intelligent and meaningful way. Thank you for increasing the knowledge of us all... whether we are young and just starting out or oldie's (but goodie's) like me.
Hi Kolin, thanks for writing and for your kind compliments. I really appreciate it, coming from someone of your experience. I'm glad the video was helpful, and I hope the walls in your son's home turn out great! Regards, Leah
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