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In Wisconsin, we call it "Slap brush". I have also heard it called "Crows Feet", "Stippling or Stippled", "Mopped", "Chicken Scratch", "Panda Paw" or "Stomped Ceiling".

This texture has been around forever. When it 1st came out, It was real thick and ugly. Yuck!!. Today the trend is thin,

To me, that really looks the best. I love this texture and try to push it when ever I can.

It dries pure white and looks great even unpainted.

If you're going to slap brush your ceiling and you don't want to paint it, make sure to use all the same brand of joint compound. If you mix two different brands, it might dry in two different shades of white.

You can decide how thick or thin you want it simply by how thin you mix your mud.

 If you are doing an old ceiling: Mask Off Walls

This step is for those of you who are doing an existing ceiling in your home, get yourself a 9" masking machine. Using a crate, stilts, ladder or anything to stand on,  work your way around the room masking off the walls and any light fixtures.

You can now jump right to step 2


Here is the ceiling we are getting ready to texture



You will need a paint roller, a slap brush or crows foot brush and 2 poles. I like to use a 3/4" nap roller skin, you could use a 1/2" if you want.

The brush ??   You can go with a round single, double, Each kind of brush changes the look of the texture.

I prefer the regular old double header.

The Picture below shows what a new brush looks like (On the right). The picture on the left shows what the brush will look like after it's been used.


Step 1: Sand

Using a sanding pole work your way around the room sanding off any edges, goobers, lines.

I like the new round sander made by


Not only does it remove more material faster, It really makes your joints flat.

A regular square sander might make a butt joint smooth but it will leave it humped.

A medium sanding sponge works great for your angles, corners and detail work.


Step 2: Mix Your Mud

Mix up your mud using a mud masher (Stomper) or an electric drill with a paddle. Add as much water you need to get the mud thin (Like Pancake Batter). Usually one box or bucket of joint compound will do one good sized ceiling. For more about mud and how to mix it,  click the link below.

All about Joint Compound

Thinner mud will give you a thinner more appealing smooth, rounded edge on your texture. "Thin to Win" is a little phrase that will help to keep that in your mind. Thin is the trend today.  Thicker mud will give you a thicker, more of a sharp edge, kind of gaudy, stalactite look. I call it the 70's look.


Step 3: Dip It, Shake It, Slide It

Here is a video


Dip your roller all the way into the mud, when you pull it out, shake it a little bit. Now slide it across the edge of the bucket. You want to end up with a nice roller full of mud but, you don't want it dripping all over the place. If you do this right, you won't have mud goobers hitting you in the face when you're rolling.


Step 4: Roll Outside Edges

Starting in the corner roll out the mud until the roller is empty. As you can see from the picture, one roller full will get you about 6 to 8 feet. Now re-dip your roller and roll out the other side starting in the same corner.



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