How to Fix a Textured Ceiling

When you repair cracks, stain damage and other ceiling problems on a textured ceiling, you need to match the ceiling texture as well.

If you have the right tools, products and some artistic flair, it is fairly easy to fix a textured ceiling.

Cover the floor with a drop cloth before working on the ceiling. Scrape away any damaged ceiling texture around the repair area with a putty knife.

Use a sander with sandpaper to sand the edges around the damaged area.

Take the putty knife and apply a small amount of drywall compound on the area. Fill it with a smooth coat of this compound and then let it dry.

Reuse the sander on the area until you have a smooth surface. If it was a stain due to water damage then apply stain sealer over the area and then let it dry. This can prevent bleed through problems in the future.

Re-texture the area by using a spray texture repair kit. There are many kits available such as acoustic (popcorn effect), orange peel, splatter and knock-down that should match your ceiling texture. Follow the kit instructions and first practice to achieve the desired effect; then begin to work on the ceiling.

Recreate a splotchy-style texture look by applying drywall compound on the area and then use texturing brushes to achieve a match to the surrounding ceiling texture. You can use this method if you are unable to use a kit for this particular texture style.

Repaint the repaired area to match the rest of the ceiling. It might be necessary to repaint the entire ceiling to ensure a perfect match.

Things You Will Need

  • Safety glasses
  • Drop cloth
  • Putty knife
  • Drywall sandpaper
  • Drywall sander
  • Drywall compound
  • Stain sealer
  • Spray texture repair kit
  • Texturing brushes
  • Paint
  • Paint brushes