How to repair cracks in a textured ceiling

Updated April 17, 2017

Ceilings are the most overlooked areas of any house. Most often, ceilings are only looked at when repairs are needed. Most of the time, a ceiling crack can be repaired with a simple putty patch. But if a ceilng is textured, a bit more expertise is needed to get the job done right. Follow these simple steps to repair your cracked textured ceiling.

Cover your working area with an old bed sheet to prevent any paint or debris from damaging your floor.

Scrape away the material in and around the cracks in your ceiling. Use light sandpaper to smooth out the edges around the repair area.

Apply drywall putty to a putty knife or tool and spread it into the crack, smoothing it out as best you can. Let the putty dry at least an hour.

Use the sandpaper to smooth out the putty and make the entire repair area smooth and level with the rest of the ceiling.

Add texture that matches the rest of your ceiling with a texture repair kit. The right repair kit should be easy to find by looking at the picture on the front of the kit, and making sure it is similar to your ceiling.

Paint the newly applied textured repair with ceiling paint that matches the rest of your ceiling. You may have to paint the rest of the ceiling with the new paint for it to match.


Use more putty compound to fill the crack than you actually need. Sanding will take some of the putty away and you would rather want too much than too little.


Wear eye protection when cleaning the ceiling crack, applying the texture, and painting.

Things You'll Need

  • Putty tool
  • Sandpaper
  • Texture repair kit
  • Ceiling paint
  • Paint brush
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Dan Ames has been a professional writer for nearly 20 years and has won national and international awards for creativity. He received a journalism degree from the University of Wisconsin and has been published in a variety of magazines, journals and websites, including eHow and Pluck on Demand.