Textured Wall Paint

Learn how to add dimension to your walls.
adding a textured look to walls

adding a textured look to walls

Guest Leslie Neblett demonstrates the painting technique—combing—that creates a textured wall, seen here.

If you've ever thought about changing the look of the walls in your home and want something different than just a coat of paint, DIY's "Decorating Made Easy" expert, Leslie Neblett, recommends adding a textured look to your walls.

  • The technique is called combing. It's a little different from the sponging technique that's also popular. Both give a textured look to your walls but combing is easier. The reason the combing technique is easier is because your base coat is completely dry and you're only working with over coat or glaze. Apply a thin layer of glaze to the wall and drag or "comb" a special brush through the glaze creating the desired pattern.

  • Again, the base coat is totally dry. Start by applying a thin coat of glaze over the base coat. Once the area you're working is covered with glaze, follow with a few more light strokes of the roller to make sure the glaze is evenly distributed. Begin at the top and drag the combing tool from top to bottom with a firm stroke. You can also drag the combing tool from left to right.

  • Every time you make a pass through the glaze you will have to wipe the combing tool using a lint free rag. This will assure a more even stroke with each pass.

    Note: If you want to change the pattern, simply use the roller and apply another thin layer of glaze over the wall.

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