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Santa Fe

Like it's eponym, this drywall texture is at home in the southwest United States. Santa fe is a drywall texture known for it's two layered appearance. Often confused with knockdown, it tends to have a wider pattern. The whole wall is finished with an eye towards consistency in the pattern. Sometimes the the top layer is applied smoothly, and the underlayer has a rough texture. Also known as imperfect smooth, tuscan, old world, or even cat's face. These are all roughly the same, but vary in how much of the wall is smooth. Optional to santa fe, is adding some knife marks to make the texture "imperfect".

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All About Santa Fe

Santa fe is a drywall texture known for it's two layered appearance. Often confused with knockdown, it tends to have a wider pattern. The whole wall is finished with an eye towards consistency in the pattern. Sometimes the the top layer is applied smoothly, and the underlayer has a rough texture.

Also known as imperfect smooth, tuscan, old world, or even cat's face. These are all roughly the same, but vary in how much of the wall is smooth. Optional to santa fe, is adding some knife marks to make the texture "imperfect". Something like old world usually has a smooth texture on almost all of the wall, compared with santa fe which might only have a smooth texture on about half the wall.

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How To Santa Fe

Start with a Level 3 drywall finish. Apply an uneven coat of all purpose joint compound mixed with water to your wall. Smooth it out with a drywall knife making arcing patterns across the wall creating large slightly raised sections. Add more character by making stuttering movements with your knife.

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