5 Tips for Patching a Textured Ceiling

textured ceiling
  • 1-4 hours
  • Beginner
  • 20-100
What You'll Need
Spackle or drywall compound
Putty knife
What You'll Need
Spackle or drywall compound
Putty knife

Repairing a textured ceiling that has suffered a little damage is often easier than covering the entire surface. By following a few steps, you can avoid resurfacing the ceiling and undertake a repair so that you can retain the existing texture.

Prepare the Work Area

To ensure that you do not cause damage to the surrounding area, whether it be the floor or the existing ceiling, you should start by putting some protection in place. Lay a drop cloth immediately below the repair site, arranging it so that it does not interfere with the feet of the ladder. Prepare the section of the textured ceiling that is to be repaired by cleaning away any loose particles and debris with a soft bristle brush to ensure that the repair takes.

Have All of Your Tools

Make sure that you have all the necessary tools and equipment to hand before you begin to repair the textured ceiling. Depending on the material being used and the size of the repair, you may only require a few basic tools. Many fillers can be applied with little effort and few instruments.

Purchase the Right Materials for the Job

A wide range of materials that can be used to undertake a patch repair to a textured ceiling. It is prudent to use the same substance as that of the existing surface; however, if you are unsure as to the original material, use a substance that is close in color. Your selection should also be amendable and appropriate for the repair. The material you use for a ceiling patch will depend on the size of the area to be repaired. Spackle will be suitable to fix small defects, while the drywall compound will be appropriate for larger repairs.

Use the Correct Technique

The technique you use to repair a textured ceiling effectively will depend on the design that is required to complete it. All repairs begin with you gradually applying the chosen filler to the defect until it is completely filled.

A flat surface can be created by drawing a putty knife over the surface to remove the excess, leaving a smooth result. It should then be left to dry completely before applying any paint.

Swirled designs require a little extra effort to replicate. After filling the defect, use the flat tip of a putty knife to manipulate the wet repair compound until it looks like the existing ceiling. The technique may work better if the material is left to dry slightly until it becomes tacky, allowing you to gently create peaks or circular patterns. For more intricate patterns, cut a piece of cardboard to the appropriate size and use this to create the design.

Achieve the Proper Color

Avoid having to paint the repair by choosing a material that is already the same color as the ceiling. Reduce the need for additional work by choosing a substance that is capable of small color changes. For example, the color of drywall compound can be slightly changed by increasing or decreasing the amount of water added.