Stippling and adding texture is an easy way to turn
your old, boring walls into a surface that truly adds to the warm, cozy
atmosphere of your home. While most homeowners today would prefer a smooth,
glass-like texture for their walls, textured surfaces can hide imperfections in
Textures also help to darken a room, and this can
work to your advantage if you want to dim the lighting just a little bit.
Stippling is usually created by applying a texture
compound, which is slightly thicker than ordinary paint, and then texturing it
with different materials once it has partially dried.
These are the materials you need for stippling and
Patterned rollers – These are the go-to tools you want for any specialty finishes you might
have in mind, such as brick, old masonry, or even suede.
Applying the finish using taps and turns will help you get the texture you
Texture comb – If you want a free-form approach to your finish, using a texture
comb is the way to go.
You will also need to get the following tools and
Keep in mind that adding texture for your walls is
more than just having the tools, but about how you use them. Trying out
different degrees of pressure when applying the finish to a particular section
of your wall can achieve different effects and textures.
Once you have the materials you need, it’s time to
start applying the paint. Here’s what you need to do:
Protect – Cover any adjacent surfaces with drop cloth and mark off your work
surface with painter’s tape.
Patch – Patch
any chips and holes you see using lightweight spackle.
Prime – Apply
a coat of flat wall paint or primer, which keeps the stipple paint from being
absorbed directly into the surface.
Stippling is a two-part process: the initial
application, and a second rolling over once the material has partially dried.
Follow these steps for applying the texture paint on
your wall or ceiling:
Stir the texture
paint until it becomes smooth and easy to roll on
paint on your work surface using a standard paint roller
had to reach surfaces using a paint brush’s flat side
Let the texture
paint dry partially
surface again with a textured roller to reach your desired surface texture
Keep in mind that once you’ve applied the paint, the
most difficult thing about texturing surfaces is getting the timing right. You
can test if the textured paint is partially dry by pressing your thumb into the
paint. The result should be sharp spikes when you pull out your thumb.