Drywall 101

Rosebud Drywall Texture

Rosebud Stomp drywall texture is common on ceilings throughout the Midwest United States. The name Rosebud no doubt refers to the look it creates of an opened rose flower with petals rolling out in a circular pattern from the center.

Rosebud drywall texture is popular mostly because of the ease of application.  Also, it does very well at covering imperfections in the drywall surface. This type of texture is created by applying a very thin layer of drywall mud to the entire surface and then stomping patterns using a rosebud style soft bristle brush. Rosebud drywall texture is applied primarily to ceilings where smooth wall finish is indicated for the walls. Rosebud drywall texture is rarely if ever used on walls.

How to apply Rosebud Drywall Texture

The key to applying Rosebud texture, as with most drywall texture styles, is using drywall mud of the proper consistency. Any type of drywall mud may be used. however, All Purpose Drywall Compound or Topping Compound are best suited for drywall texture mud. Lightweight drywall mud can also be used, but it is not recommended.  Lightweight drywall mud contains less gluing agents which can cause it to set differently than other types of mud.

Drywall mud used for Rosebud drywall texture needs to be thinned considerably. If the texture mud is too thick, the resulting stomp texture will have very sharp edges. Thinner mud tends to smooth out the texture as well as leading to more consistent coverage.

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Picture of rosebud drywall texture

Tradesmen use varying techniques to determine how much water to add when mixing texture mud. One technique requires the use of a heavy duty electric drill attached to a drywall mud mixing paddle. Water is added to the drywall mud while spinning the mud in a five gallon bucket. The spinning paddle will create a vortex in the bucket of mud that extends to the top of the drywall paddle, nearly the entire way down the bucket. Water needs to be added gradually so as to prevent it from sloshing out while mixing.

Application of Rosebud drywall texture is fairly easy. The most common way to apply texture is using a paint roller with a three quarter inch nap roller cover. Evenly applying the drywall mud accross the entire surface is critical.  Though not difficult, it takes some practice to know how to roll mud consistently.  Again, thin drywall mud makes it easier to get a consistently even layer of texture mud. It is good to work in eight foot sections at a time to make sure that the texture mud does not dry out before it can be stomped.  You must be careful to maintain a wet edge accross the entire area of texture.  One section of texture cannot be allowed to set before you overlap the texture mud for the next section. To stomp a Rosebud pattern in this type of texture a round brush with three to four inch long soft bristles is used. The rosebud brush can be attached to an extension pole to assist in stomping.

Pictures of a Rosebud Drywall Texture Stomp Brush

Photo of a Rosebud Drywall Texture Brush from the top side, showing where the handle connects

Picture of a Rosebud Drywall Texture brush from the bottom, highlighting the bristles

Another technique for applying texture mud is using an airless paint sprayer. This is by far the best way to apply drywall mud evenly. Using an airless paint sprayer to do Rosebud drywall texture is best done with at least 4 people. One person to run the sprayer, a second to stomp the pattern, a third person to mix texture mud and ensure the pump never runs dry, and a fourth person to clean up the angles. To use an airless sprayer for drywall mud you must have a contractor grade pump. Most entry level paint sprayers are just not powerful enough to pump drywall mud. Airless paint sprayers are not the same as texture sprayers used for Splatter Knockdown drywall texture. Equipment rental suppliers should be able to answer any questions you may have when looking for equipment.

Take a look of some of these pictures of Rosebud Drywall texture below. You can click on any picture to see a larger version.

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Usually, Rosebud drywall texture is only applied on the ceilings. It is often paired with smooth walls. Occasionally it is paired with another type of texture on the walls. Please read this article that discusses more about matching wall and ceiling textures. It includes some pictures of Rosebud texture on ceilings with a different type of texture on the walls.

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