After some years of living in the same space, you might want to spice it up. You can learn how to stomp a ceiling and have a DIY project of your own that will surely bring new life to your home.
Stomping a ceiling really helps in adding character to your ceilings. Drywall mud is used for stomping purposes. It is the same mud that is used for joining drywall sheets.
It is a plaster containing gypsum that aids in creating different stomping patterns that are fun to look at.
Why Stomp a Ceiling?
Now, the ceiling in your house might look fine as it is. So, why do you need a DIY stomping ceiling project? This project is not just for fun, as it does have some functional value too.
Creates a New Look
When you are young, you live in rented apartments or houses. This gives you a chance to change your house settings every once in a while as you tend to move from one place to another.
However, when you have your own house, you cannot entirely renovate the home every now and then. You can still make some changes, such as stomping the ceiling or repairing the wall.
Does your daughter player her piano upstairs bother you too much? Or, is the thumping of feet from the top floor too loud? Whatever the situation is, stomping a ceiling can help in sound-proofing your house.
What Should you Know?
Before you create a stomp ceiling texture, you need to know a few things. First of all, this task will be messy. So, you should be prepared to get dirty.
It is best if you keep the furniture out of the way to keep it protected from the plaster or mud that falls from the ceiling.
Another thing to keep in mind is that this texture is not at all easy to remove. You should only go ahead with stomping if you do not mind having textured ceilings for a few years.
To get rid of the stomp pattern, you would have to scrape the texture out as it is basically dried mud. If you are okay with all of this, you can get started with this exciting home-improvement project.
How to Stomp Texture a Ceiling?
Before you get into this project, gather all your supplies. It is best to have your supplies in close vicinity so that you do not have to move a lot.
The mud can dry in its place quickly, depending on the weather conditions, so you might have to be snappy at times.
What do you need?
Here are the things that you will need for this project.
- A lot of plastic
- A vacuum cleaner
- Mixer attachment
- A hand drill
- A roller
- Stomping brushes
- Joint compound
- Painter’s tape
- A gallon of water
- Drywall trowel
You will need some of these before the process, others during it, and the rest will be used for cleaning. Keep all of these supplies in the room where you are stomping the ceilings.
Step 1: Prepare for Stomping
This is the preparation phase. You need to be prepared for the task at hand. It is not only imperative to get the stomping right but also to protect the rest of the room, including yourself.
Wear a Hat
If you are not okay with getting your hair dirty, wear a hat, or cover your hair with something. Plaster from the ceiling will fall on your head, most probably, so keeping it covered can protect you from this.
Cover the Furniture
You definitely do not want to get stains all over your furniture, so keep it all covered. Use plastic to cover all the surfaces that might be in the way of the stomping area. It is even better to move the furniture out of the room, if possible.
Cover the floor
For the floor, use drop cloths to cover any surface that might be in reach of the mud. You can also use plastic sheets for this purpose as they are readily available and can cover a large surface.
Step 2: Tape the Edges
Put the painter’s tape on edges of the walls so that the paint cannot seep from under them to the walls. Paste the tape well in place.
Step 3: Make the Mixture
Now, you are ready to begin stomping. Make the mixture by adding the mud or joint compound. The mixture should resemble pudding. It should be creamy in texture.
For this, you can use the hand drill. Adjust the proportion of mud and water until you reach the right consistency.
Step 4: Apply the Mud
Now, dip the paint roller into this mud mixture and roll it onto the wall. You can start covering a 4 by 4 or 6 by 6 area, depending on how much you can cover at once.
Step 5: Start Stomping
Take the stomping brush and start stomping from one direction. The texture will be created according to the brush you are using. Crow’s feet are a standard texture that is used in stomping so you can get that specific brush.
You can also create a pattern with plastic or any brush that has large bristles. The drywall trowel can also be used for this purpose. When you are done covering one area, go to the next one.
Do not apply the mud to the whole room in one go. Once you get to the other end of the room, the mud would have hardened by then, and you would not be able to create a texture.
Step 6: Let it Dry
Leave the ceiling for about a day. It will dry during this time. After that, cover the stomped roof with a coat or two of latex paint, if you want.
Step 7: Clean
When the whole ceiling is done, clean away the plaster using the gallon of water. If there is mud stuck to the floor, do not let it harden and clean it as soon as you can.
It is fun to do home-improvement projects stomping the ceiling or installing new flooring as they bring new life to your living space. In this guide, we explained to you how to stomp a ceiling. We hope you would have understood all the necessary steps involved in this process. Stomp Away!