DIY Textured Walls

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Smooth, flat walls are nice to look at, depending on your taste. Sometimes the usual dcor does not wet your whistle, however, and trying something unique and different is more your style. In such cases, faux textured walls might be more appealing to you than those that are flat and one dimensional. Creating textured walls is something you can do on your own, getting the look of a professionally done job with a do it yourself approach. Here are some ways to achieve a textured look inside of your home:

Texture Paint is available in different consistencies and can be painted on with a roller. Depending on the type of texture you wish to have, you can use selections that offer popcorn or sand finishes. This option is good for use in large areas because it requires less manual texturing work to be done by you.

Drywall Joint Compound is used to cover seams in drywall. The goal here is to create a smooth finish to hide imperfections where drywall sections meet. Even though drywall joint compound is intended for the purpose of smoothing, there is no rule saying that is all it can do. If you add a layer to walls that is about 1/8" thick, you can texture it yourself before it dries. This can be done with items such as a sponge, comb, scissors, broom bristles, etc.

Wood Graining can be accomplished by following up a coat of paint with a coat of glaze. To do this, you must manually create the wood grain look with a wood graining tool. This can take practice and may be frustrating at times, but once you get the hang of it the end result can be beautiful.

Faux Finish, also known as decorative finish, is often done simply through the use of sponges and rags. Also incorporated is a double roller that can be used to mix colors together if you wish. Through the use of sponges, rags, and textured rollers, you can create a faux finish using only these tools combined with paint.

Venetian Plaster is a textured finish that is a popular choice. If you wish to use this, application of it can be made easier by using a Milano Plaster Tool which allows a mixing of compounds to create the finish you are seeking. With this tool, latex paint is mixed to include drywall joint compound in powder form. The end result when applied is a texture that has the look of Venetian Plaster.

Whichever finish you choose, take the time to practice it first. This will help you get the hang of the tools involved as well as the process itself. Practicing can be done on scrap materials or even poster board if need be. Simply work on your technique until you are comfortable enough to try the real thing and bring to life the visions you have for beautiful, textured walls.

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