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How to Do A Skip Trowel, Mud Trowel Knockdown, Santa Fe, Spanish Knockdown Texture

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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. Support See Jane Drill by shopping through our link on Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/?tag=sejadr-20 Channel http://www.youtube.com/seejanedrill Website http://www.seejanedrill.com Facebook http://www.facebook.com/seejanedrill Twitter http://www.twitter.com/seejanedrill Email us: l[email protected] Disclaimer: Due to factors beyond the control of See Jane Drill, we cannot guarantee against improper use or unauthorized modifications of this information. See Jane Drill assumes no liability for property damage or injury incurred as a result of any of the information contained in these videos. Use this information at your own risk. See Jane Drill recommends safe practices when working with tools seen or implied in our video and written content. Due to factors beyond the control of See Jane Drill, no information contained on this youtube channel, Facebook page, website and Twitter page shall create any expressed or implied warranty or guarantee of any particular result. Any injury, damage, or loss that may result from improper use of these tools, equipment, or from the information contained in this content is the sole responsibility of the user and not See Jane Drill.
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Doug Beacham (8 days ago)
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.
Pinchi Guerinchi (14 days ago)
Thank you
seejanedrill (14 days ago)
you're very welcome!
Ajila Ama Farms (17 days ago)
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.
G H (1 month ago)
Looks great! Question: Do you recommend thinning the texture before applying to wall?
seejanedrill (1 month ago)
John Casor (1 month ago)
very nice job... Thx so much...
seejanedrill (1 month ago)
Steven Wright (1 month ago)
I call it a fuckin mess
Rebecca Hernandez (1 month ago)
Wow...u make this look so easy..i luv that u give clear instructions,thank u,I am going to try this texture!!!
loved your video learned a lot thank you!
Sheepdog Sherlock (1 month ago)
If I do this texture on my wall should my ceiling be smooth?
seejanedrill (1 month ago)
that is really a personal choice
Kathryn Jost (2 months ago)
Great information, I told the contractor I wanted a Spanish colonial feel & this is the feel I want for the whole house.
therealdiehl (2 months ago)
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.
seejanedrill (2 months ago)
way to go on getting it done!
Theresa Blanco (3 months ago)
I'm apprehensive, but eager to try!
seejanedrill (3 months ago)
you can do it! you might want to practice on a piece of scrap drywall or in a closet before you tackle the actual wall.
Tina M Fam (3 months ago)
i like this but super super light
Val Oberdorf (3 months ago)
Can this be applied over wallpaper?
Greg Simon (3 months ago)
terry silberman (3 months ago)
I get more out of your tutorials than almost any others that I view, regardless of the subject.
seejanedrill (3 months ago)
thanks, Terry!
Nathanial Fairman (3 months ago)
Thank you so much! We were going to pay someone like $3,000 to remove popcorn ceiling and texture our new house. We don't have to do that. We can do it ourselves. You are awesome.
Nathanial Fairman (3 months ago)
I just might do that!
seejanedrill (3 months ago)
Hey Nathanial, that's very cool. Let me know how it turns out. If you even wanted to email me some pics, that would be great!
Macey Hrechkosy (3 months ago)
Can this be done on the ceiling too?
Cynthia Jones (3 months ago)
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!!
Tania Spiegel (3 months ago)
My bathroom walls have this...how the hell do I remove it? It's driving me nuts! And it's on heavy
Body Amplify (3 months ago)
Awesome video. For a beginner who might not do it so perfectly, can a light sanding be done to make some extra pointed spots more even? Or is a light sanding a bad idea? Thanks
seejanedrill (3 months ago)
It will make it look a little bit like a knockdown, but yes, you can do that
JTWebsites (4 months ago)
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.
JTWebsites (4 months ago)
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!! : )
seejanedrill (4 months ago)
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!
Connor (4 months ago)
Why would you want something like that
Hayden Cook (4 months ago)
Great video
seejanedrill (4 months ago)
Tink 2452 (4 months ago)
Leah I put my brocade on too thick still looks ok but any idea how to break that down a bit?
JustOchi (4 months ago)
I did my skip trowel and my walls look good. Thank you, thank you, thank you. My trowel is not the only thing skipping. I am skipping down the street with a smile on my face thanks to you.
The Scraggler (4 months ago)
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.
JustOchi (4 months ago)
You are my new idol. It's wonderful to see women in the trades. Fantastic job. You truly know your way around a trowel. lol I will be skipping from here on in. It was easy, informative and quick.
seejanedrill (4 months ago)
thank you so much, glad it was helpful!
David Mack (4 months ago)
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.
seejanedrill (4 months ago)
please do, that would be great
David Mack (4 months ago)
Thanks. I have a margin trowel, so I'm all set. This is going to be interesting. I will come back and let you know how it comes out.
seejanedrill (4 months ago)
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.
calistiae (5 months ago)
amazing talent. loved this!
Nadine Van Hees (5 months ago)
You're the best. thank you. Saved my bacon.
Arkangel Kaida (5 months ago)
Thank u i love it and i did it
seejanedrill (5 months ago)
2028 END (5 months ago)
Do you need to prime that spackel after it dries before painting?
2028 END (5 months ago)
Ok, thanks so much! You're video is going to give me the confidence to do this. : )))
seejanedrill (5 months ago)
K (5 months ago)
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!
seejanedrill (5 months ago)
There is a small trowel called a midget trowel. Good luck with your project.
T H (5 months ago)
Thank you...
Sauer Power (5 months ago)
Great video! Very knowledgeable 👍 Right on about one person doing the skip, I had a guy tell me once that it’s like a persons finger print, every one is different
Dalton Murphy (6 months ago)
Thanks a lot. Very helpful
seejanedrill (6 months ago)
you're very welcome!
Rob Ober (6 months ago)
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.
seejanedrill (5 months ago)
you're welcome, Rob, glad to be of help!
Michael Struss (6 months ago)
Hi i am actual doing this now and i need you're help!! Lol the same way goes for a cieling right? And how do i get into the edges?
Mubeen Khan (6 months ago)
Nice idea dude
Danny R (6 months ago)
What a skilled woman. Thanks. Learned so much already. I subbed. Going to try this on my wall soon.
seejanedrill (6 months ago)
Thanks, Danny, and welcome to our channel!!
mskitty38583 (7 months ago)
iLLYRIA DarDania (7 months ago)
Blake Wachowski (7 months ago)
Can skip trowel finish be applied directly over a 1960s "swirl" plaster ceiling?
Mariannie Bobannie (7 months ago)
Hi Leah, hope your doing good!
William Irizarry (7 months ago)
Thank you. It was exactly what I was looking for. I like the last point you made that everyone's pattern is unique ;)
Zoe chavarria (8 months ago)
You are awesome jane, thanks again.. good presentation..👍👍
Shawn h (8 months ago)
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!! :)
seejanedrill (7 months ago)
Bob Wilson (8 months ago)
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! 😀
seejanedrill (7 months ago)
Nice job 👍👍👍
Timon! jino (8 months ago)
Es para mi un dolor de cabeza no se como quitarla?
American Patriot (8 months ago)
You are a great instructor! Another great video..... Thank you Jane.
seejanedrill (8 months ago)
Paul Peck DrywallTube (8 months ago)
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
seejanedrill (8 months ago)
hey Paul, you're very welcome, and thanks!
Hooftimmer (8 months ago)
Thanks a ton! Didn’t even know what to call it. Have two walls to repair tomorrow and needed to see the technique.
Nitesh Singh (8 months ago)
which material (muds,mixing material,paint.etc.) you use making the concentrate
seejanedrill (8 months ago)
setting-type joint compound
Rottenest1 (9 months ago)
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?
seejanedrill (8 months ago)
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!
Alan Endel (9 months ago)
Can color be added to this texture before troweling?
seejanedrill (9 months ago)
You can, but I don't, because I have seen mixed results with adding paint to the joint compound in the past. So I don't recommend it.
Jpdst29 (9 months ago)
Thank you for this video. All the walls in my house have this texture. I've been doing some renovations and I want to match the original texture. Thanks again!
Michael D (9 months ago)
excellent Leah,,thanks
Terry Bassey (9 months ago)
what kind of paint is she using pls ?
cjay (9 months ago)
Can you do this over popcorn ceilings?
gene q (9 months ago)
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.
William Babishoff (10 months ago)
Wow, what a great tutorial! You are very talented.
seejanedrill (10 months ago)
Seema F Mulla (10 months ago)
Very nicely explained thanks a lot
Steve Wise (11 months ago)
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
seejanedrill (11 months ago)
my pleasure
Matt Fulks (11 months ago)
Excellent!  By far the best and most informative video I've seen on doing this to my own house!  Thank you!
Carla Pena (11 months ago)
The video is the best one I’ve seen. You make it look so easy. I finally got the courage to do it.
OneEyed Mike (11 months ago)
Thank you! Very informative, great teaching! I teach children and I wish I could demo lessons as well as you. I am a new subscriber.
seejanedrill (11 months ago)
Hey, Mike, thanks, and welcome!
Seth Parr (1 year ago)
I know I'm watching construction videos but you put a smile on my face every time I watch yours. Thank you for the education and good energy!
seejanedrill (1 year ago)
you're welcome, Seth, and thanks, you comment made me smile!
Kevin Massie (1 year ago)
can you use drying type compound out of a bucket, or is there a reason you must use setting type compound?
seejanedrill (1 year ago)
Hi Kevin, you can use pre-mixed (air-dried) compound, but the downside is that it is apt to crack if you put it on too thick. That wouldn't be an issue with setting-type compound.
Jeremy Vanbrunt (1 year ago)
Can you paint this in any color when complete or will the paint screw the look up or screw with the compound?
Jeremy Vanbrunt (1 year ago)
seejanedrill thank you sir
seejanedrill (1 year ago)
Yes you can paint it
April D Rowe (1 year ago)
can i do this over painted dry wall?
April D Rowe (1 year ago)
thank you! i love your video's <3
seejanedrill (1 year ago)
yes, because the joint compound contains a bonding agent. However, if the paint is very glossy, you will want to scuff it up first with a bit of sandpaper.
Exactly what I needed to see.  Thank you
Sandra Rowe (1 year ago)
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!
seejanedrill (1 year ago)
you're very welcome, Sandra, and welcome to our channel!
Misty Franson (1 year ago)
So, do I start at the bottom of the wall and go all the way to the ceiling in one section and then start at the bottom again?
seejanedrill (1 year ago)
Yes, you can do it that way.
Bobby Ryan (1 year ago)
I love that finish! Now I know what it's called. Thank you for the video.. 😀
jon barker (1 year ago)
Thank you!
Melanie Nelson (1 year ago)
Thank you so much for this video! So helpful and I feel like I can actually do it now! Love your videos.
Kelly Richardson (1 year ago)
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!
Pario (1 year ago)
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.
Navillus 55 (1 year ago)
*This woman is absolutely great !!! Thanks, Leah...*
donttreadonme (1 year ago)
Question: how do you get this done in a narrow area of the wall? Where a trowel will not fit?
seejanedrill (1 year ago)
margin trowel...they cost about $6
Jerry Sparks (1 year ago)
you are awesome you speak well and show us how to do it very slow and tell us what you are doing. Very good job
coasterx5 (1 year ago)
if i use a pre mix compound, should i add some water to make it easier to put on. since working with the mud, i found it kind of thick and hard to work with.
seejanedrill (1 year ago)
yes, just be careful of how much water that you add, because it softens the texture
Birgit Brown (1 year ago)
Love your video it is very informative. Can I use this method over ceramic tile in my Kitchen?
seejanedrill (1 year ago)
Hi Birgit, I have seen it done, but you need to use a bonding agent. But, it isn't something I would recommend.
Jen Pavlick (1 year ago)
Can regular premade joint compound (90 minute) be used or is it better to mix yourself? What's the consistency? Will we need to water t down if premade? Love this!!!
Lisa Doyle (1 year ago)
Thanks for the video. I can't wait to try it. One question: how do you deal with corners? Outside corners and by the ceiling. Thank you!
Amber Stoltz (1 year ago)
That was a fantastic video. I was intimidated to try this, but you've demonstrated it to seem like an approachable project. Thank you for taking your time to make this video!
Brittney Risser (1 year ago)
you're so encouraging and informative! thank you!
seejanedrill (1 year ago)
you're very welcome!
Gregg Phillips (1 year ago)
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?
seejanedrill (1 year ago)
Yes, you can vary the heaviness of the texture from room to room.
Chris Smith (1 year ago)
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!
seejanedrill (1 year ago)
Hi Chris, yes, you were laying the trowel too flat. Glad to hear that it all worked out! Regards, Leah
Dot Stewart (1 year ago)
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!!!!!
Karen Brauneis (1 year ago)
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!
seejanedrill (1 year ago)
thank you very much!
akeomai3145 (1 year ago)
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 :)
seejanedrill (1 year ago)
you're welcome! We haven't done one yet on removing a popcorn finish...
Andrew Arbon (1 year ago)
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.
Andrew Arbon (1 year ago)
thank you. I will try that out!! great info and great videos!
seejanedrill (1 year ago)
Hi Andrew, you might want to use a swimming pool trowel, because it has rounded corners.
john palmer (1 year ago)
nice thank you for sharing!!!
seejanedrill (1 year ago)
you're very welcome, John!
Veritas Cellular (1 year ago)
This was super helpful! Thank you for doing these videos, I just subscribed to your channel!
seejanedrill (1 year ago)
thanks, Matthew!
Joe Brown (1 year ago)
You're pretty good with that trowel girl. Many Hispanic restaurants have that skip pattern & some Italian.
seejanedrill (1 year ago)
Kolin Ken (1 year ago)
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.
seejanedrill (1 year ago)
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
javier rivera (1 year ago)
cool, very informational, thanks.
seejanedrill (1 year ago)

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