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Wall texturing is a very common and effective way to decorate and personalize a home. It is literally changing the “look and feel” of the walls. Do you want the rustic feel of a knockdown style? Or maybe you are tired of that monotonous concrete look and want a brick face?

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The fun thing about texturing is you can create exactly the home you want, through minimal effort. And yes you can even texture mobile home walls!

Read the rest of the article for 3 inexpensive and easy ways to texture your mobile home walls.

Can you really texture your mobile home walls?

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The most common mobile home walls are made of either gypsum (drywall), VOG (vinyl on gypsum) or if you have an older model, artificial wood paneling. Make sure you know the type of wall your home has – it is crucial that you prep the wall correctly.

Beware that paneled walls might require some extra work based on the look you are going for. E.g. if you want a smooth surface, but you have wood paneling with grooves, you will need to fill these up first.

Look at the end of the article for a short guide on how to prep different walls.

What are the benefits of texturing your mobile home walls?

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Texturing your mobile home walls doesn’t only make your home easier on the eyes, but it has a lot of practical benefits too. Here are just a few:

  • Textured paints are very durable and add a good layer of protection to your walls. Likewise, texture wallpaper can also protect the underlying wall.
  • It might not be easy, but removing textured paint is easier and has a much lower risk of damaging your walls than wallpaper.
  • It adds some spice to the blandest walls.
  • It needs less maintenance than walls with normal paint.
  • Textures can help you hide any small blemishes on your walls without intensive repair work.
  • It offers protection against alkali damage.

Sounds too good to be true right? It isn’t. Texturing the walls of your mobile home is a great, inexpensive way to make it feel more like a home.

What kind of texturing is available? Which one is right for me?

Textured paint Overview

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Textured paint is the easiest and least expensive method to texture your mobile home walls. You will be surprised at the textures that can be achieved by simply using paint.

If you think there is any special “trick” to textured paint, rest assured. You can buy a premix or make a simple mixture of silica sand and paint. Just apply it and watch the magic happen.

Here is a great guide on our site that covers mobile home painting.

Preparation is key to a great textured mobile home wall!

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You will need all these items to texture paint your home, so no matter which option you go with make sure you have these:

  • Measuring tape- Use it to get the dimensions of your wall so you know how much paint to buy.
  • Waterproof or latex paint- Stick to waterproof or latex paint when texturing. Other paints don’t mix well with silica sand and might turn runny. They are also very durable paints. Your paint can be any color or finish (gloss, semigloss, eggshell or flat).
  • Drop cloths/tarps – Protect your floors and furniture from paint splatter and spills. Do not proceed without them!.
  • Screwdrivers- Use this to remove and electrical outlets or switches from your walls. Flat head screwdrivers also make great paint bucket openers or paint stirrers.
  • Sponge- To clean the walls before painting.
  • Blue painter’s tape- Apply this on any trim and walls that you will not be painting.
  • Black bristle paint brush- The best brush to apply textured paint, because it’s stiff and has better abrasion wear.
  • Paint roller- Save a lot of time and effort by painting large surfaces with the roller.
  • Roller cover- Different roller covers give different textures. Keep this in mind:
  • Nap size: Generally you use a 1-inch nap roller for textured paint. If your wall has a rough texture or you want to create a rougher texture us a long- or sheepskin nap. For smoother surfaces or to create a smooth finish use a shorter nap. You can always apply one coat and then use another nap to get your desired effect.
  • Looped roller – These rollers are made to hold textured paint. They also come in different lengths for different degrees of texture.
  • Roller tray- Most effective way to reload your roller with paint.
  • Stirrer- Stirring your paint before actually painting is a must! If you don’t have one a metal/PVC rod or screwdriver will work.

Steps to complete before you start to paint:

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Step 1: Remove any loose furniture, paintings or wall hangings from the room you are about to paint. Not only can paint splatter on them, but they are unnecessary obstacles. You can also cover your furniture with plastic, or move them to the center of the room.

Step 2: Lay down the drop cloths over the floor. Stop paint leaking underneath and movement by taping them down.

Step 3: Unscrew and remove all your electrical socket and switch plates. It is much easier and neater to paint underneath than to try and paint around.

Step 4: Use a sponge and a few drops of water plus dish detergent to clean the walls.

Step 5: Tape up the room. Make sure you cover any corners or sides bordering the areas to paint. It will be easier and neater to use short lengths of tape that overlap.

Step 6: Arrange all your paint buckets, trowels, and painting equipment beforehand. The last thing you want to do is stop in the middle of painting to look for a suitable brush.

Now that your room is ready, let’s start painting!

Silica sand and paint mix

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This is the easiest and most bulletproof way of texturing your mobile home walls. All that you need is to mix some silica sand and paint to the desired consistency. Once that is done you can paint as normal.

What will you need extra?

Silica sand: Do not attempt to use normal sand. Other sand most likely has impurities that will lower the performance of your paint. Silica sand usually comes in packs sized for a gallon of paint. As an extra tip ask your supplier if they can machine-mix the sand and paint for you.

Texture your walls using silica sand

Step 1: Thoroughly mix a bag of silica sand with the paint inside a roller tray. Don’t mix too much at once as the paint should not dry between applications. Add more sand for a coarser texture, but do not worry about getting it perfect right away. That’s what the second coat is for!

Step 2: Roll the roller cover in the mix to completely coat the nap in paint. Paint in vertical lines from the top down. Keep this in mind:

  • Don’t let a painted patch dry before continuing as this might cause paint seams that are hard to hide.
  • Make sure to take care of “paint drips” running down the wall.
  • You can apply layer on layer with different textures, but try and keep each layer as consistent as possible.

Continue adding layers until you reach the texture you desire, by moving gradually up in roughness/smoothness. Just make sure that the whole wall has a consistent texture by the final layer!

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Give your wall a natural shine using glaze

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A glaze gives you a lot more options than to simply adjust the roughness of the paint. As a glaze suggests, it’s a slightly transparent layer over your base paint. You can create stencil shapes, stains or sheets.

Note that you can even apply glaze over already-textured walls for more interesting effects!

Glaze styles, like an antique faux glaze or tea stains, give a vintage feel. Other techniques like sponging, ragging, and combing can create more fun looks. They can also be great fun for kids!

What will you need extra?

Drywall or plywood practice board: We highly suggest that you practice your glaze pattern beforehand. Experiment on a disposable board until you find the right balance of color, pattern, and shades.

Paint: If you plan to glaze, it’s best to stick with latex paint. Also plan your colors beforehand. It may be a good idea to talk to someone that knows paint and color palettes. To be safe, stick to a base paint color that has a sheen finish like eggshell or satin. Then choose another paint from the same color chart with a darker shade. If you want to be more colorful, use different colors for the base and glaze. Just be sure to experiment beforehand.

Sponge/sponge roller/cloth or comb: We weren’t kidding when we said there are a lot of options to texture using a glaze. Any of these can be used to create a myriad of interesting effects. Try sponges with different densities and shapes (you can even cut your own shapes!). Any rag will do as long as they don’t shed.

Latex gloves: Protect your hands from paint and glaze.

Texture walls using a glaze

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Step 1: Apply your base coat of paint to the wall using a roller and brush.

Step 2: Mix the glaze and paint you chose as your glaze color. The more glaze you add, the more diluted the color will be, but the greater the sheen. A 1 to 1 ratio is perfect for a tea stain effect.

Step 3: Now comes the fun part! In a two to three square foot area apply your glaze. While it is still wet, use the sponge, cloth or comb to remove some glaze by dabbing or smearing it. Don’t worry too much about drying as the uneven texture and base coat should mask any seams.

The key to the final step is to use the practice board and be creative!

Try these:

  • Use a comb to make criss-cross patterns or arcs.
  • Twist up a rag dipped in paint and roll it on the wall for an interesting pattern.

Textured Wallpapers:

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Textured wallpaper is also a cheap and easy way to texture your walls. If you want a more geometric or professional texture than the painted texture offers, then this is for you.

Shop around online for some designs. Dulux is a popular supplier of textured wallpaper. They have gone out of their way to make it an easier process.

One of the downsides of textured wallpaper is that there is a chance of damaging the wall beneath when removing it.

What will you need?

  • Craft Knife/scissors- Use a craft knife or scissors will to trim excess wallpaper and cut it into usable sheets.
  • Paint roller and tray- For your wallpaper paste.
  • Primer- If you haven’t primed your wall earlier you will need to prime it now.
  • Spirit level- This tool is useful to draw straight lines down the wall.
  • Pencil- To put helper marks on the wall to help apply wallpaper straight.
  • Bucket- Have a bucket of water handy.
  • Damp Cloth/Sponge- Use the sponge to clean the wall and wallpaper.
  • Ruler- Use a ruler to measure out areas to apply the wallpaper piece by piece.


Step 1: Be sure to prepare your wall following the instructions earlier in this article.

Step 2: Remove all your electrical switches or sockets.

Step 3: Apply a primer to your wall. The wallpaper paste can soften latex paint and turn it runny which will cause bubbles and unevenness.

Step 4: If your wall isn’t newly primed, wash it using a sponge and water with dish detergent.

How to apply textured wallpaper:

Step 1: If your wallpaper comes in separate sheets, take note of their breadth. Hold a ruler horizontally to the edge of the wall and make a pencil mark that’s a few inches wider than the sheets. Hang the spirit level from the mark to make more marks in a vertical line. Repeat this until you are confident you can apply the wallpaper straight.

Step 2: Pour the wallpaper paste into the roller tray. Using a roller and paint brush apply the paste to the wall in the marked area.

Step 3: Take a sheet of wallpaper and apply it over the area using the marks as a reference. Cut the sheet to a size where it overlaps the marks/roof/floor with the scissors or craft knife. Where the wallpaper meets an electrical socket or switch, mark the corners on the wallpaper. Cut diagonally from corner to corner. Apply the wallpaper around the plate and cut off the flaps.

Step 4: Use a damp sponge to smooth out the wallpaper by stroking it from the center outward.

Step 5: Repeat step 2 – 4 for all the sheets until you’ve covered the whole wall. Make sure the wallpaper pattern flows from sheet to sheet.

There you go! Once the wallpaper dries you can paint it any color you want. Most wallpapers allow to be painted but refer to your specific wallpaper to see what paint it was designed for.

How to prep different surfaces for texturing:

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Paint doesn’t adhere very well to drywall, so if your drywall is unfinished or unpainted, you will need to prime it. A self-priming paint will work well if your wall is in excellent condition. Just keep in mind that the self-priming paint should be as close to the color of your base paint as possible.

Painted Walls

If your previous coat of paint is peeling, then you will need to remove the peels, use putty to cover the damage and then sand it down. You will never regret priming before a new coat of paint, but if your new paint is a similar color, then it isn’t essential as long as you use at least two coats. If you want to apply wallpaper, priming is a must.

Here is a handy guide to repainting a wall.


Wood paneling has fallen out of favor in modern days. Not only does it make your house dark, but the look is becoming outdated. You can use wood filler to fill in the seams between the panels. Click here for step-by-step instructions and a how-to video. You will need to use a primer on the panels or use self-priming paint as a base layer before applying a texture. The same goes for vinyl panels. Here is a guide on updating vinyl panels. If you are unsure consult a professional.


Luckily you won’t need to remove all of the wallpaper. Check your wallpaper first for any damage. If there is, you will need to repair those areas first. Removing your wallpaper can badly damage the underlying wall, so take your time. First peel off the loose pieces using a utility knife. Apply a primer to the areas you peeled and let it dry. Apply some drywall compound to the primed area and sand it down to be level with the rest of the wall. To finish it off, paint the whole wall with another layer of primer. When the primer has dried you can either paint a base layer or apply your new textured wallpaper.

Happy Texturing!

With all of these ideas and helpful tips, you can get your latest home renovation off the ground in no time. Have fun updating your walls to get that new, textured look!


How do you texture walls in a mobile home? ›

This is the easiest and most bulletproof way of texturing your mobile home walls. All that you need is to mix some silica sand and paint to the desired consistency. Once that is done you can paint as normal.

How do you make the walls of a mobile home look better? ›

Painting is the easiest and cheapest method to update mobile home walls. A single color, as opposed to an outdated pattern, can update a room quickly. Painting is especially easy if you leave the battens, or strips, that cover the seams alone and paint over them.

Can you put shiplap over mobile home walls? ›

Installing shiplap is an easy project that can make any home's walls, including mobile home walls, have that rustic farmhouse charm that so many love.

How to make a mobile home look like a house? ›

How to enhance the exterior of your mobile home
  1. Install a unique front door and matching architectural accents. ...
  2. Repaint or repair your siding. ...
  3. Spruce up the skirting. ...
  4. Replace plain steps with a porch or a deck. ...
  5. Get creative with your carport. ...
  6. Play around with plants. ...
  7. Maximize any outdoor living space.
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What is the cheapest way to texture a wall? ›

If you want an orange peel or speckled texture, you can thin a gallon or two of drywall joint compound, dip a 3/8 nap paint roller in it, and roll it onto a wall. You can use a longer napped roller, or even a textured roller for heavier textures, you can thin more (or less) to change the texture as well.

What is the best wall for a mobile home? ›

Manufactured homes usually use vinyl-on-gypsum (VOG) wall panels rather than standard drywall.

What kind of paint do you use on mobile home walls? ›

One manufactured homeowner and blogger named Tracy recommended an acrylic Sherwin-Williams paint based on her own VOG wall board painting experience. If your VOG walls are more glossy, an oil-based primer may work better. We suggest using oil primer and oil paint.

What is the easiest wall texture to use? ›

Orange Peel

The orange peel design is perhaps the most common wall texture. It's common because it's easy to apply and affordable for anyone to access. The orange peel texture looks and feels like a citrus rind, hence the name. This texture is ideal because it offers an understated accent to any space.

What tool is most commonly used to apply textures to walls? ›

Hawk and Trowel Dry Wall Texture

The hawk and trowel are two flat tools used to create straight, layered designs. Drywall mud is placed first on the hawk, only to be moved off onto the trowel and then applied to the surface.

Can I drywall the ceiling in mobile home? ›

Most mobile homes are constructed to give an eight-foot ceiling height, so the drywall sheets should fit between the floor and ceiling. If you decide to replace the ceiling panels as well, then you should drywall the ceiling before you tackle the walls.

How can I make my mobile home look rustic? ›

Accentuate the white walls and furniture with a variation of brown accessories and pops of pastel color. Consider using small doses of pastel in your decorating, so the space doesn't have too much white. The balance of color will give the room a beautiful rustic look after you're finished.

How can I make my mobile home look bigger? ›

Light color tones can make a room appear larger because it allows light to bounce around the space. Adding bold color to your floors with rugs or carpet is another trick to make a low ceiling seem higher.

How can I make my mobile home feel bigger? ›

Match the size of your furniture to the size of the wall it's on. For example, put a long table or couch on the longer walls - even if it will fit the shorter one. Put an arch chair or end table on the shorter wall to help make the wall appear larger. Arrange the furniture into clusters to better make use of the space.

Can I texture walls myself? ›

Fill a paint tray with the texture material or texture paint. Dip a paint roller into the paint tray, roll it out, and then apply the texture over the wall or ceiling surface. An ordinary roller cover will produce a texture, but there are also special roller covers available that are designed for stippling.

What is the average cost to texture a wall? ›

How much does wall texturing cost? Your cost will be influenced by the size of your project, condition of your walls and application technique. It usually ranges from $0.50 to $2.00 per square foot.

What are the layers of a mobile home wall? ›

The most common type of wall used for a manufactured home is called Vinyl-Over-Gypsum or VOG for short. VOG is drywall that is coated in vinyl wrap. This is different way of treating drywall as compared it being taped, floated, textured & painted.

What material is on mobile home walls? ›

If you're looking at older mobile homes, you're likely to find Vinyl on Gypsum (VOG) wallboards, and most new manufactured homes have either Paper on Gypsum (POG) wallboard or finished drywall options.

How thick is a standard mobile home wall? ›

Standard wall thickness in Mobile Claims is 4" for interior and exterior walls.

What are mobile home walls framed with? ›

Are mobile homes frame construction? Mobile home construction begins with an engineered steel I-beam frame designed to carry the weight of the finished structure. Once the frame is welded together and stabilized, it may be topped with decking and a thin layer of concrete.

Do you have to prime a mobile home before painting? ›

As the wall material in these homes is different, VOG-friendly paint will adhere to the walls in a way that other paints simply cannot. As with any painting job, you'll need both paint and primer to complete the task.

Can you paint the inside of trailer walls? ›

Just like painting the inside of a house, you can use latex paint for an RV interior. Using paint with primer in it will save you time. Use a cut-in brush first to get the edges, then finish with a roller to smooth out those paint strokes.

How do you clean mobile home walls? ›

With one-fourth or white vinegar mixed with a quart of warm water, you can clean your walls very well. Put the solution in a spray bottle to make it easy to spray on the stains.

What is the best paint texture for textured walls? ›

The best option is a latex- or oil-based paint with a low-maintenance sheen that has a satin or semi-gloss sheen rather than a flat matte finish and is reflective enough to draw attention to the finer features of the wall texture. The least glossy texture is flat, which is often referred to as matte.

What do painters use for texture? ›

Texture medium (or gel or paste) is, as the name suggests, is a material that you mix with paint to change its consistency, in particular, to add surface texture to a painting. It's stiffer than paint straight from the tube, so will hold a form or shape more readily.

What product is used to texture walls? ›

An easy way to texture walls is by simulating a stucco finish with joint taping compound (also known as drywall mud) which can be purchased at any home improvement store. According to Oliver, this virtually fail-safe method often yields satisfying results for even average do-it-yourselfers.

What are four methods used by painters to add texture to their work? ›

They brush paint on in watery strokes and thick drips. They put paint down in short, fat dabs and long, sleek strokes. They twirl their brushes to make circles and curls. They apply paint in thick layers that stick out from the canvas.

What is the best texture to hide imperfections? ›

Popcorn. Popcorn ceilings were a classic look in the 70s and can still be seen in countless homes today. The reason for this type of wall texture's popularity is that it's great at hiding imperfections and it can even help absorb sound between floors and walls.

What roller to use for roll on texture? ›

Use a heavy nap roller, 4“ paint brush or trowel to apply. Texture should be applied to a thickness of between 1/16” and 1/8”.

What kind of insulation do you use in a mobile home ceiling? ›

Other than foam insulation, blanket (batt) insulation is a pretty common option for mobile homes. It consists of several layers of fiberglass, rock wool or other similar materials stacked together to form a blanket which can be installed on ceilings, floors and walls.

Is drywall too heavy for mobile home? ›

Drywall that is 5/8″ thick is, of course, a little heavier, at 2.31 pounds per square foot or 73.92 pounds per sheet which is entirely too much for mobile home ceilings. The 1/2″ thick 4'X8′ Lightweight panels weight approximately 38.4 lbs.

What is the cheapest way to cover a ceiling? ›

If you're looking for an affordable option that's low maintenance and easy to install, consider a glue-on or staple-on ceiling. They're available in basic textures and elaborate designs and attach directly to the existing ceiling or onto furring strips attached to the ceiling.

How do you texture a mobile home wall? ›

Silica sand and paint mix

This is the easiest and most bulletproof way of texturing your mobile home walls. All that you need is to mix some silica sand and paint to the desired consistency. Once that is done you can paint as normal.

Why do mobile home walls have stripes? ›

Many manufactured homes are built with wall sections or panels that make building the home more efficient because assembling and transporting it is easier. To cover the seams between these pre-finished, vinyl-covered wall panels, Clayton uses batten strips.

Is shiplap out of style 2023? ›

No More! Long revered for its homey and rustic vibes, farmhouse décor entered the spotlight starting in the mid-2010s, but now, it's one of the decorating trends on the way out this year—in particular, shiplap.

What is cheaper beadboard or shiplap? ›

Shiplap costs an average of $1,000 to install, or between $2.50 and $7 per square foot. Beadboard and similar wood paneling costs around $1,325 on average, or about $7 to $20 per square foot.

Is it better to smooth or rough shiplap? ›

Choosing The Right Shiplap Side For You

The smooth side is easy to paint or stain if desired, and gives an ultra-clean look and feel to a wall or room. The rough edge side can also be painted or stained, and will give a more rustic, cabin type feel.

What material do you use to texture walls? ›

Sand texture paint: Sand texture paint features an extra-heavy bodied finish that can be used to add a gritty texture to both walls and ceilings. While you can purchase paint pre-mixed with sand, you can best control the amount of texture by using a silica sand additive in regular paint.

How do you add texture to a living room wall? ›

One of the easiest ways to add texture to a room is by using a mix of textiles in everything from rugs to window treatments, throw pillows and blankets, bedding, and furniture upholstery. Experiment mixing fabrics such as leather, velvet, silk, bouclé, wool, cotton, and linen depending on the feel you want to create.

What is better oil or water based wall texture? ›

Conclusion. Finally, water-based paints release far fewer fumes and are better suited for interior application. Although Oil Based Paint is still often used as an accent where a glossy finish is desired, most people prefer the matte texture of flat paint since it hides flaws better.

Which texture is best for living room? ›

Brick wall texture

A brick wall pattern texture is a raw and rugged design that we cannot get enough of. This classic design can be seen in many homes all over India. This dominating design is perfect for your living room.

What are examples of texture? ›

Examples of natural texture would be wood, sandpaper, canvas, rocks, glass, granite, metal, etc. Even the brush strokes used in a painting can create a textured surface that can be felt and seen. The building up of paint on the surface of a canvas or board to make actual texture is called impasto.

What are different textures? ›

There are three categories of texture: tactile, visual, and audible. Tactile texture is the feel of a material to human touch. Visual texture affects how an object or room looks, and audible texture affects how the object or room sounds.

What is mobile home drywall called? ›

Manufactured homes usually use vinyl-on-gypsum (VOG) wall panels rather than standard drywall. Instead of using tape to cover the seams, as is done with drywall, the joints are covered with batten strips during assembly.


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