Cost to Texture Drywall – 2021

| Last Updated: August 23, 2021

National Average Improvement and Repair Cost







$ 501

$ 125

Would you do this project? According to our survey, 54% of respondents preferred DIY compared to hiring a pro.

The average price to Texture Drywall noted above is cost data to compare a contractor’s estimate with doing it yourself.

How much does it cost to texture paint a wall and add texture and dimension? The contractor cost to texture a wall is $549 vs. doing it yourself for $125 and saving 75 percent. 

Textured wall finishes have been around a long time, and one of the most enduring is one that creates a subtle texture to an interior wall, giving it saltbush, orange peel or plaster look from the Old World. While the texture gives the drywall the appearance of plaster, the surface is not rough. Some builders are using these finishes on drywall in new homes instead of wallpaper because they’re a way to distinguish the surface of walls without adding another covering to them.

What’s the cost to apply texture to drywall? To apply a texturing finish to the drywall of a 10-foot by 15-foot room, or about 300-square feet of wall area, a decorative painting contractor will charge $501, which includes the labor and material. You can do the job for $125, the cost of the paint and materials, and save 75 percent.

Using a specialty paint like Dimensions Old World Plaster by Dutch Boy, the process involves first cleaning the walls so they’re smooth, dull and dry. You make a first application in irregular-size sections and patterns to reduce the possibility of lap marks, cutting in with a brush and then rolling the paint within the sections.

Use a 4-inch steel trowel to skim the surface in a crisscross pattern creating a wall texture with a plaster effect. When the first application dries, use the trowel to dry burnish the finish, gently scraping the trowel over the surface to knockdown texture or any ridges. Apply more applications if necessary, until you receive the texturing effects you like.

Watch this Dutch Boy video about Painting Techniques.

The bottom line: compare the price of a drywall contractor’s bid to texture drywall with what it costs to DIY and make your decision.

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