Heck, this is how I did my OWN drywalling–taped the seams, sanded that smooth, then primed the walls with drywall primer. We used this texture on the walls and ceiling, you can see in the below picture where the mud is thinner (because it already dried) and how there is definitely texture, but its not everywhere. By hand will cost an average of $30 per square yard ($3.33/sq. See typical tasks and time to texture walls, along with per unit costs and material requirements. In my area of Minnesota, only 25% of the new builds are orange peel. In the high-priced San Francisco Bay Area where Giordano lives, the cost to pressure-wash and retexture with a base coat and a color coat on a 1,500-square-foot house would typically run $12,000 to $14,000. That saving is well earned because it's a tedious and labor-intensive project. How much is it per sqft to smooth textured walls in a home built in 2005 We bought a new home, but all of the walls are textured and we want them to be smooth. Texture Option Labor Cost Per SqFt Details; Skin coat over popcorn: $1: much smoother texture; DIY-able; Can create additional weight that could compromise ceiling structure. Less skill, and hides all of the imperfections. How much does it cost to smooth walls? However they would have to come three times, first coat, sand/second coat and then final sand. That just blows my mind. It’s standard pretty much across Canada for smooth walls (a few minor exceptions I’m sure). Costs. We just built a house… perfectly smooth drywall finish. Shopping, Thrifting, and Other Project Plans. On one hand, textured … Premium primer. I’m also in Utah but in northern Utah. Usually, this will take about one to two weeks to finish. In the 1960s and 1970s, Artex covered many new build ceilings as it didn’t require plastering skills. but it has a different texture on EVERY FREAKING WALL. Our finisher knew that I wanted the walls almost smooth, so he did a couple of test spots so that I could see what my finish options were. I live in SE MI and in the 3 houses I have owned, 2 had texture. Click to see full answer Similarly, it is asked, can you install tile on a textured wall? Beautiful walls at far less labor and cost. )Not so much the other sort of textured walls: the “orange peel,” popcorn, or faux-stucco walls that might plague your house or rental. It might drive you nuts to hear we had a very good (read: pompous) ‘mudder’ who worked for our contractor. A quick google image search shows a huge range of what Old World texture looks like and thankfully none of them look like mine. I’m curious about the paint. Plus painting at another $1/SF or so, of course. How much does it cost to smooth a textured ceiling? Yes it helps a lot, you may have smoothed out the texture, but the general shape isn’t going to change all that much. Your cost will be influenced by the size of your project, condition of your walls and application technique. We do this in the midwest where I live! I’m in Oregon and we’re in the middle of a gut renovation (zero plumbing, electrical or drywall remains, and we’ve reframed pretty much everything). New Englander here too, and I 2nd (53rd?) Resurfacing of the same size costs a minimum of $1,200. See typical tasks and time to tape drywall joints, along with per unit costs and material requirements. Including the redo of many areas of the drywall, tearing out, adding nailers and rehanging. It’s also actually a lot more expensive to do. Instead, it is thick and heavy and mimics the appearance of stucco or plaster. Canadian here. This post shares the most popular styles, roadblocks we hit and a painting tip to make your texture appear smooth. I really don’t get it. Much easier than trying to smooth textured ceiling. (Read: Trend Alert: The Excavated Look, 15 Ways. It can also be difficult to paint or wallpaper over a textured wall. Love how your walls turned out! I don’t get why there has to be a finish. If you want to re-texture, it is quicker because you don’t need so much skimming and sanding. Which part of the country you are in. Popcorn Vs Smooth … WUUUUUUUUT. We just had a house built a few years ago and textures/popcorn ceilings were standard but was only a $700 upgrade to get them smooth throughout the house instead and worth every penny. They did the first coat on day one. Smooth out textured walls. It drives me CrAzY! In our last house we asked for smooth in a room we redid, and ended up with inadvertent Old World texture… In Nebraska most of the walls are smooth, you will see some builders do a textured wall but not all. Your email address will not be published. Seams (lol) to me that skim coating the wall for the texture would be more work! I purposely asked beforehand, so they'd hang the sheetrock well enough to get smooth walls. ft.) for 2 coats on ceilings, $28 per square yard ($3.11/sq. Adding the skim coat to smooth the textured walls was super inexpensive and a very simple process. See how there are little spots that the drywall peeks through? I spent 20 years repairing walls and resurfacing walls after removing wall paper, making them smooth for painting. We are using MY FAVORITE Sherwin-Williams Emerald Matte for all of the walls so the visible texture is significantly minimized. Whether you have a smooth or textured topcoat. I’m quite happy with just mudding screws and seams and then priming. Things are different all over. So a smooth texture here requires 2 different layers of compound with sanding of both, using special lights that catch the imperfections and tons of man hours!! Where walls have inconsistent layers of texture, with high and low bumps, it is better to use a steel trowel beforehand to remove as much of the texture as possible. The task of removing texture paint involves using a gel-type paint stripper to loosen the textured coating, then scrape it off, and repair and sand it before painting. Some of the walls in our house are crooked and the texture does nothing to hide it, and our house is less than 10 years old, so I don’t buy the argument that texture hides imperfections. Consumable equipment elements not included. Get fair costs for your SPECIFIC project requirements. All we do is fill the seams (using a special mudding paddle to fill them) and cover the screw heads. Drywall will be lightly sanded, texturing compound mixed, and uniformly rolled and finished. I recently bought a home built in 1923 in Seattle, and the drywall upstairs had been redone with a slight texture. Therefore the plaster trade has always been highly skilled and today that tradition is carried on with veneer plaster on blue board and taped drywall is used only for DIYers or patching. These include taping tools, and a 115V, 50-plus PSI automatic texture sprayer with compressor. Textured interior walls (think: “orange peel,” popcorn, or swirled patterns) have a practical function, since the texture hides the signs of drywall installation—that is, the taped seams where the sheets of drywall meet—and other imperfections. ©2021 Vintage Revivals | Site by Roundhouse Designs. Plus painting at another $1/SF or so, of course. Sponge finish. But I imagine that 90% of their work in new construction involves texturing to help hide wavy walls and ceilings. This is due to the extra restoration and preparation work required before installing the new plaster overlay. Our house was built in the 60s and the ‘original’ walls and ceilings (really only the bedrooms) are all textured, somewhere in between popcorn and orange peel. The workers doing the texturing have to make up for whatever is lacking in materials or craftsmanship of everyone coming before them. I have lived in WA and OR and all our walls have been subtly textured on any newer( pre 60s) homes. Textures can help hide imperfections in the wall studs, ceiling joists, and drywall. Textured Walls and Resale Value. Subject: cost to smooth textured ceiling. Orange peel walls are dramatically more cost-effective than smooth flat finish walls because you can be a little quicker with the application and you won’t notice the little differences in everything once it is painted. I live in Kansas and I am with you that orange peel is the prominent texture but smooth walls here cost the same. Honestly – this seems like more work! Its not popcorn so you can wet and scrap it off (which I am sure it is a terrible mess) we have ceilings that they swirl mud around so you some deep grooves, smoother grooves, points, and where the wall and ceiling meet you have a divot that isn’t straight so your not sure where to stop painting and they aren’t painted so you can’t tape the off (you pull off the texture) and when you go to paint they suck it up. We just primed and painted right over it! The price below does not include the painting. The ceiling needs 1 gallon of paint for a price of $15 to $30. Rate is inclusive of all aspects of the project, such as thorough planning, acquisition of equipment and material, preparation and protection of project site, and meticulous cleanup. The cost of supplies and doing it myself put the total investment around $50 and 5 hours. See my full guide to drywall and wall texture here! A skim coat refers to the application of a layer of finishing plaster to smooth textured walls or cover up imperfections. I am in WI and we have orange peel as well. You can do the job for $75, the cost of the tools and materials, and save 76 percent. We always had smooth walls (unfortunately with popcorn ceilings in our 1960’s house) in our houses/apartments, except our first house which was a 1940’s bungalow and did have a more plastered/textured wall finish. Find the $5000 to get smooth walls. I have a small bedroom that is textured and that ceiling is coming down! Everything not original to the house is smooth. He would come to our house in the evening after the rest of the crew left to mud and flew through the rooms on his stilts and never sanded a thing. It didn't work, they did a grudging 3'd coat, at extra cost, and it was a waste. Easy-peasy..and … Jarrah is a west Australian hardwood beautiful timber rich dark red-brown which is also used for high-end furniture. Highly skilled drywall crews don’t leave you with bowed, bulged or waved drywall so taping/sanding seams/screws then priming and painting for a smooth finish are not an issue. Except for the~2 inches by the ceiling where the plasterers were too lazy to coat? Interesting right? This means the painter will need to use more paint which will affect the paint per square meter cost. Smooth walls at every home I live in Chicago. Everything is perfectly smooth. I always assumed texture was used to camo flaws in cheaper builds. here. I’m an architect, and my impression is that contractors of a higher tier will provide a smooth finish as a standard. Chop old render off - If you have existing render on your property there will be an additional cost for labour as well as removal of rubbish that occurs. What is the paint/mud you are using? New plaster goes for approximately $800 for 100 square foot surface. I’m from Central Kentucky (developed, urban area) and nobody here has textured walls, it’s completely unheard of unless you own a 1800-early 1900s home. Canadian here too. If you want smooth stucco over an existing stucco wall that has a rough texture, it will cost about $4,000 or about $3 to $6 per square foot. Wall texture is an important decision. You will find texture in older houses that have lath and plaster walls, since that’s a very different process. This is what we get up in New England. Most people suggested skim coating the walls with joint compound and painting them white, but I really didn't want to put that kind of prepwork into it. Textured wall take twice as long to cut in and then will require 1st color coat to be sprayed for proper coverage (lots of prep to protect all other surfaces from over spray) and 2nd colour coat completed using a deep napp roller sleeve. In Indiana, where I grew up smooth is how it was done and it was not more expensive. It was painted so many times over the years that it’s not as bumpy as it once was, but it’s a royal pain to match to the point that when we had rewiring done in the guest bedroom I covered the non-matchy texturing over the patched hole with a painting. For your project in zip code SW1Y with these options, the cost to texture walls starts at $0.86-$1.04 per square foot. The cost of applying a smooth stucco finish varies widely from region to region. For those of you that decide to DIY it! It’s $19k for an “imperfect smooth” (old world kind of look) and $22k for perfect smooth. I am building in Montana now and I am getting the same response. They are using so much more product giving you a texture? with textured walls, but all my other homes were older (circa 1900) with smooth texture. the comments about just mudding the seams and screws. I had no idea it was standard in other areas to mud any part of the drywall other than seams and screws! ie. Oh my gosh! A warped stud can require mudding a wall for several feet on either side, to hide the bowing. I think the light texture on the walls works for what you are going for in the era and I think it will be more practical for your decorating style because it will be much easier to patch walls when you rotate your designs frequently. I live in Indiana, and I have never seen a house with textured walls! 3700 sf- It costs 16k to have drywall hung with knockdown texture. Apparently it’s faster and cheaper for a builder to do things this way. “Popcorn” textured ceilings were the norm, but I think they are going out of style here. Wall texture is an important decision. For our renovation at the Merc I had my heart set (or so I thought) on perfectly smooth textured walls. Masonry paint is always applied to render to prevent moisture penetration, which often leads to premature failure of the render. Smooth walls are just cut in and rolled. Had no idea east coast had smooth walls! Rough-textured walls require more labour to make sure you’ve coated the surface correctly. I’m so glad I’m not the only one confused. Takes 1.5 to 3 days per room, Virtually dust free. Priming walls - Some walls may require a special primer to help the render to adhere to the wall, the additional cost can be between £1-3 per square metre. The basic labor for a 250-square foot textured ceiling, including the cost of the texture material but with no additional prep work, costs between $215 and $260 for about 3.5 hours. To retexture with a different texture likely to cost about $1.50-2.50/SF, replaster smooth more like $3.50-5/SF. A typical 500 square foot project costs $475.53, with a range of $430.11 to $520.94. It’s just so ugly and I also don’t understand how smooth walls are more expensive when they are the standard in most other countries/states. The thing I hate is the ceilings. The cost of Artex removal will vary depending on various factors. I wish it was a scam but I have spoke to our local drywall companies in Montana and all have given me the same story. In the long run, the texture costs more in material and labour due to the difficulty in finishing the final product, which counters the marginal time savings achieved from the actual texture install. I’m really confused — I’m in Canada and we just fill/sand the seams and prime right over the drywall for a smooth surface, the drywall is never completely coated with mud. I grew up in Southern California but I seem to remember the walls in my parents house as being smooth as well. Every.single.wall in the new house is super textured.And well, we hate textured walls. The cost to Tape Drywall Joints starts at $0.88 - $1.06 per linear foot, but can vary significantly with site conditions and options. Instead, it is thick and heavy and mimics the appearance of stucco or plaster. Growing up in CA I had a modern home (then built in the 80s!) You can hire a painter to smooth textured walls, but the cost for labor would have put the project out of my budget. My father is a contractor and when I was in middle school my parents embarked on a huge renovation (adding an additional story and new roof onto the house). I’ve never seen covering the entire wall to get a smooth finish. Most houses are double brick and brick internal walls. I know I know, just go with me on this. While I myself would not have selected that finish, once I had heard the 3-5x more I would have liked it. Duh. I had to do a lot of the work myself after they were gone. From Canada and agreed that the texture thing on the walls is odd to me. I move to San Antonio, TX from Chicago. Bosses are back at office bidding jobs and sending out inexperienced workers to get a job done. The cost of supplies and doing it myself put the total investment around $50 and 5 hours. Love following along with you guys! Maybe a couple hundred dollars more but we did it in our house and the cost was not much different at all. The cost to Texture Walls starts at $0.89 - $1.14 per square foot, but can vary significantly with site conditions and options. In Texas, textured walls are the rule for low and medium-priced homes and are used in many higher-priced ones as well. I’ve owned a 60’s cape in Maine, a 70’s rancher in Maryland, and a 1910 rowhome in Philadelphia. Textured walls are not standard and add much more expense. We live in a 100+ year old house in NY now, with plaster walls, but when we’ve had small amounts of sheet rocking done in areas that weren’t salvageable, they just tape and mud the seams and sand and then prime over the drywall and it’s all smooth. In conclusion, without talented craftsman, it costs more to accomplish something that should cost less. The contractor cost to texture a wall is $549 vs. doing it yourself for $125 and saving 75 percent. Like many home improvement projects, textured walls have their pros and cons in terms of improving your home's resale value. Why, oh why would anyone spend time and product covering the entire wall when you can just paint right on it?! Growing up in CA, all the interior walls were knock down textured. It usually ranges from $0.50 to $2.00 per square foot. Let’s talk wall texture for a minute. Not tons of man hours. I’m up in Canada as well, and I second the ‘just prime the drywall’. I see that some of you recommend a drywall primer and then to paint. You guys are blowing my mind with your comments!! Labor: $616 + Matl:$189 + Tax:$66.41 = $871.41. One will cost you cash. This is a very messy process that included a lot of extra prep material, prep time, and clean up (2nd major cost contributor). How do you make textured walls smooth? The reason houses get texture walls is because its hard to find drywall finishers that can finish drywall without seeing drywall seems. Spraying on texture takes low skill set and hides everything. With smooth textured walls, if the walls have any sort of wave or bulge from the framing (which they most likely will cause boards aren’t always straight) that will still be there. I’m at the point where the builder wants an extra $10,000 to do flat walls. Swiss Coffee, of course. It does appear that they only do one coat of mud over screws/seams and then add this texutre stuff to avoid having to sand anything. Costs. So in 1928 when it was built, they used plaster walls with minimal texture. Really, I don’t think it was any different! It helps to hide everything with a texture whereas the smooth coat is the opposite. How Much Does It Cost To Smooth A Textured Ceiling. I think you call cornice crown molding. Yes, it cost more as they put smooth mud on new drywall and sanded it down. I’m an Interior Designer that lives in AZ, but is from Michigan. Completely makes no sense to me why anyone would consider this to be a cheaper alternative. Since it’s an apartment I can’t have holes but I can’t use the 3M strips because the surface is so uneven! Another key factor in the visibility of wall texture is the sheen of paint that you are using. I think this is the first time I’ve ever hear of texturing the walls! I much prefer smooth. 1.6K views. My house is 97 years old and has plaster walls, but they’re just as smooth as drywall in our addition. I could get past that if it was functional but it isn’t! I would think having more mud to crack would be worse in earthquake prone areas. It dried overnight, sanded the next morning, did coat 2 on whole house. HOW MUCH DOES IT COST TO PAINT A HOUSE? I didn’t even know textured walls were a thing until I moved to Texas and I have to say, I HATE them. Two coats of color- and sheen-matched paint, blending outward perimeter of patch. Spec homes, tract homes and less skilled drywall crews always produce textured walls here. In older houses around here, only the ceilings have the texture. Don't forget to check off these improvement projects before you move in. Not all of the Midwest. Our home is over 100 years old and the only place that hasn’t been textured over the years is our unfinished attic. It’s so interesting to learn that smooth walls are standard on the east coast and Canada. Patch up to 4 SF will be leveled, smoothed, and spot-primed. For fresh installations, the stucco can be smoothed out in the final layer. The average cost to repaint a stucco house is $1.70 per square foot. The job went more quickly than a smooth-wall finish. The basic labor for a 250-square foot textured ceiling, including the cost of the texture material but with no additional prep work, costs between $215 and $260 for about 3.5 hours. It was the finish that offered the least amount of texture. What is the reason for the texturing? Now, In Texas all the home have textured walls. The next step for both smooth or textured walls is they need to be sealed/primed using drywall sealer + primer. Weird! Lightly textured Old World is also very popular in Utah right now which is very convenient for contractors because they can bring in less skilled workers to do the drywall. On a prepared surface, applying a knockdown texture usually costs $1.00 – $2.50 per square foot, and most spend around $600 to $800 for a space. However, there does seem to be a variety around here. This is for all joints and fasteners. Textured, even excavated interior walls—the sort with charmingly exposed plaster or peeled-back wallpaper—are trending. Now my apartment in Iowa has some sort of grainy plaster/brushed stucco thing that I hate! Moving on, for smooth finish, a 3rd “finishing” coat is skimmed and feathered out 12″-14″ over all joints and a thin skim on fasteners. Never see smooth! The national average materials cost to texture walls is $0.34 per square foot, with a range between $0.32 to $0.37. How long does wall texturing take? When we finished the unfinished basement ourselves, I fought my husband and demanded smooth walls, which was extremely hard because we did them ourselves! Labor prices vary a lot depending on where you are. Keep in mind that they can range from very understated to severe, but the general idea for each doesn’t vary. They can be harder to repair in the long run and less expensive in the short run. The second owner didn’t like it, but rather than strip it off, touch up and repaint, they decided to mud over it, throw on heavy texture, and then paint. What on earth? Room is ready for finish coat. However, for an average 4 bedroom detached house you’re talking about £6,500 to £8,000. With a spray application, it will be $20 less per hour for the labor and an additional cost of $300 per day for the sprayer. For those of you who don’t know, Artex is a textured surface coating usually applied to ceilings. According to our drywall installation price list: DIY removal with disposal: $0.40 to $1.00 per square foot; Removal by a handyman with disposal: $1.25 to $2.10 per square foot Artex is the name of a company that produces textured wall and ceiling coatings. Smooth walls takes a little longer due to the sanding and it takes a little more expertise. Adding the skim coat to smooth the textured walls was super inexpensive and a very simple process. Katie, What.. wait… you’re not working with the general floor plan of the ranch house you reclaimed from a tenant? My kids are way too messy/dirty/slobs to have a paint I can’t scrub! Smooth walls are standard here (NY) and it does take two layers of compound with sanding, but just on the joints and screw holes. You do need to do two layers on screws/seams and sand between coats/finished coat sand but it’s not as much work as having to cover the walls floor to ceiling with drywall mud. And how do you feel about it? Rough, textured walls were popular in homes built in the 1970s, but can now appear outdated or busy. On a practical note, at some point you’ll likely have to cut a hole in a wall to deal with a plumbing or electrical problem. Firstly the texture (amplified by goody paint) just seems too harsh and unwelcoming to me. Knockdown texture reduces construction costs because it conceals imperfections in the drywall that normally require higher more expensive stages of sand and prime for drywall installers. How much does it cost to texture paint a wall and add texture and dimension. This price depends on the price of materials, wall or ceiling height, size of the space, complexity, and to a more considerable extent, the cost of labor. Being from Michigan, my preference is for smooth walls, but alas I was not willing to spend at least twice (but probably more) to get them. Labor cost, under typical conditions, for complete wall texturing. Tedious sure, but pretty straight forward. A typical 500 square foot project costs $475.53, with a range of $430.11 to $520.94. Conclusion. But i think the smooth walls look so much more elegant, and I am glad i got my way! But the extra cost on the ceilings is only about an 1/4 more expensive than texturing and an extra day or 2 in scheduling which can be easy recouped elsewhere in the build/reno process (I usually schedule this over a weekend when most other contractors don’t work, which means I don’t actual lose any time.). There are a lot of different types of drywall textures, and as I learned in the comments on this blog post, they are very regional. This also applies to the 2 x color coats to finish. Your actual price will depend on your location, job size, conditions and finish options you choose. It is much easier to to patch the drywall rather than having to match a texture someone else did. If you have that many imperfections that need to be hidden, maybe it’s the quality of the work that’s the issue? I’m not sure it saves much time since these guys have to cover the whole wall with mud to a specific texture. I thought it was in this discussion, but can’t find it. Obviously its not the end of the world, but it sure is close to it;) But really, for the look we love, textured walls don’t blend in at all. The total price for labor and materials per square foot is $0.95, coming in between $0.86 to $1.04. We will occasionally have a crack or “popped” screw head which causes a bulge but it isn’t typical. So, painters and decorators usually applied the slurry or used Artex paint. Smooth texture paint: Despite its name, smooth texture paint is not smooth. 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