Making a mud swirl ceiling

Mud swirl ceiling are one great way to improve the look of a ceiling and, of course, of your room. Adding color to this can make it really attractive.

Tools and Materials Needed:

  • Ladder
  • Stomp texture brush
  • Drywall mud
  • Scraper
  • Drywaller’s pan
  • Trowel
  • Newspaper/tarpaulin
  • Tape


Preparing the ceiling

First of all it’s best to cover the floors with tarpaulin or newspapers and then tape the edges. You should also cover any objects in the room because making a mud swirl ceiling can be a very messy job.

The second thing you need to do is smoothen the ceiling. If you have an older ceiling it may not be necessary to flatten it if you remove the old layers of pattern and plaster. Use a ladder and a scraper to remove the layers.

Step2. Applying the drywall mud

Then, check the ceiling for any cracks and lines. If there are any, you should cover them with drywall mud. After covering those, let the mud dry and sand it a little.

Mix several cups of drywall mud in a tray. Be careful to mix it well. You can tell if it’s mixed if there’s no liquid on top. Then you can start to apply it on the ceiling. After it’s dry you can apply more if there are any gaps. Applying a thin layer means that it will dry faster and also it won’t take much time for sanding.

Step3. Creating the texture

Apply a thin layer of mud with the trowel, they apply mud randomly on the ceiling. Make random twirls as you go across the surface. Make sure you do not leave lap marks on the outer edges. Professionals work small areas at one time.

An alternative is to make some circles with the help of a stiff brush.

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