A Quick DIY Guide to Texturing Walls By Yourself

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 the wall.

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.

What You’ll Need

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 adding texture:

  • 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.
  • Broom – Applying the finish using taps and turns will help you get the texture you want.
  • 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 supplies:

  • Plastic sheeting
  • Painter’s tape
  • Drywall knives
  • Primer
  • Paint tray
  • Texture paint
  • Bucket

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
  • Apply the paint on your work surface using a standard paint roller
  • Texture had to reach surfaces using a paint brush’s flat side
  • Let the texture paint dry partially
  • Roll the 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.

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