There are many great reasons to use textured paint on your walls instead of conventional smooth paint. One reason that homeowners choose these techniques is to hide imperfections in their walls. For example, Behr offers a type of paint that is reinforced with interwoven fibers to provide a more durable textured finish that could hide cracks and crevices in your walls.
In most cases, however, homeowners choose to add texture to their walls simply because they like the aesthetic it creates. If you want your walls to stand out, but you do not necessarily want to commit to a bold color, adding an interesting texture finish can be an excellent method of achieving your goals.
Choosing the Right Materials for Your Project
The first step will be to gather your materials. While there are textured paints that are available pre-mixed, there is a good chance that you will need to mix the paint yourself in order to achieve the color and texture that you want. When purchasing paint, it is worthwhile to invest in a high quality paint that will mix well and require fewer coats.
There are many different finishes from which you can choose, from stone, to sand to original textures of your own design. Before investing in a large amount of any one material, it is best to test the paint and texture first. To achieve the consistency you want, it is wise to test the mixture on a smooth, disposable board or a surface in your home that will not be visible.
If you find the mixture to be acceptable, make careful notes of the paint to additive ratio that was successful. This will help you later as you need to make multiple batches of textured paint as you complete your project.
The application tools that you need will depend upon the finish that you want to achieve. If your goal is to have your finished wall mimic the appearance of stone, or other materials, there are patterned rollers that can be used to achieve these effects. Other options include using a texture comb, a broom or a sponge.
Preparing to Paint
Once you have acquired all of your painting tools and supplies, you will need to prepare the room for painting. This will include doing all of the prep work required in any painting project. You should move all furniture out of the room or to the center of the room, and apply drop cloths to the carpet. Place painters tape over any woodwork that is not going to be painted.
Next, it is wise to prime the wall with a high quality primer. If you did not opt for a pre-mixed textured paint, you will then begin mixing your paint with your chosen additive. After pouring your paint into a container, you will pour in the additive, mixing slowly until you achieve the consistency you tested for earlier. Then, you are ready to have fun adding texture to your walls.