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How to Apply a Red Textured Wall Treatment

What can you do with paint, a few dollars and a little creativity? Turn an outdated family room into an Asian-inspired lounge with red textured walls and more.

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heavy rosin paper taped in place to protect floors
  • Time

    Two Days

  • Price Range

    $100 - $250

  • Difficulty

    Easy to Moderate


Step 1: Lay Down Rosin Paper and Apply Paint

Lay down heavy rosin paper taped in place to protect floors.

Apply a dark orange color, Montana Agate, as a base coat on the walls. Prior to painting the walls, use an angled brush to cut in along the room edges, creating a smooth paint line. The paint has an eggshell finish; the sealer in the finish will make the second glaze coat easier to apply. A flat-finish paint will absorb the glaze.

Paint color: Montana Agate dark orange

heavy rosin paper taped in place to protect floors

Step 2: Mix and Apply the Glaze

Mix one part Moroccan red paint with two parts clear glaze. The glaze will make the paint more transparent, letting elements of the base-coat color peek through the top coat.

mix the glaze

Step 3: Roll the Glaze Over the Walls

Next, roll off a strip of paper toweling (8-10 sheets) and fold it into a pad.

Roll the glaze over the walls in streaky sections and move around the base coat with the pad of toweling (Image 1). The textural intensity of the glaze on the wall will vary: it should be light in some areas and heavier in others, with coverage of 80 percent of the wall area when glazing is complete (Image 2).

Step 4: Apply Base Coat and Crackle Finish

Apply a base coat of Moroccan Red paint is over the table with a brush. Allow to dry over night, then apply the crackle finish to the surface.

apply crackle finish tosurface of table