Mixing and Applying Texture to Paint....

Updated on May 24, 2007
C.S. asks from Hurst, TX
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Just steamed off some wallpaper and the walls really need some texture. I bought a box of the mix-it-yourself with paint and now I am having second thoughts about my abilities to actually apply it.
Anyone out there done this before?

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Boy, I learned alot. Big lesson was WASH the walls after sanding and let them dry or your paint will NOT stick! The texture was much easier than I expected and looks great. There are hazards. It is messy and "flips" off of a paint brush or even a paint roller all over everything. Thanks for all the input, everyone!

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answers from Dallas on

C., Husband came home and I gave you wrong advice. He says first of all make sure you have a sand texture and not acoustic ceiling texture. He suggests that since you are working in a bathroom versus a bigger empty room, that they make a roller for corners so that you should not have to have a brush, because it will give you a drag effect. He said definately prime walls and let dry for 12-24 hours, but shouldn't be any more difficult than normal painting. He did say experiment with a small section to make sure you like results. Best of Luck, R.

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answers from Dallas on

I saw this on one of those shows on HGTV and I'm considering doing it to one of the rooms in my home. It looks pretty easy - you just mix the paint with the texture and apply it with a trowel.

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answers from Dallas on

Hi C.,

Yes -we did it in our master bathroom. You just have to make sure you get it all evened out before you roll it on, or you'll have areas that have huge texture, and some areas that have very little. It worked out pretty well for us, the only thing is that the actual texture stuff is a bit sharp (and we got the fine texture). Good luck!


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answers from Dallas on

I just did that to my bathroom. However, I bought the already mixed texured paint.

I used American Traditions Smoth Textured paint from Lowes. It was about $25 for a 3 gallon bucket! You can also buy by the gallon.

It was very easy to apply. I just used a troll (flat edge metal thing) scooped it out of the bucket and spread it on the wall in a random fashion. Kind of like frosting a cake. It looks great! Good luck!

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answers from Dallas on

We used the texture that you add to paint. It was the medium texture and it was "sandier" than we had originally thought, but we really like it when it was finished. Our walls were primed before they were wallpapered, so we skipped that step and it worked fine. If your wallpaper came off fairly easily, you're probably are done that way too. We were really happy with how it turned out and when we listed our house, it sold quickly! We were scared at first, but it was really easy and worked out great! Good luck!



answers from Dallas on

I have done this.

1. Spackle all puctures in the wall surface and sand flat all walls.

2. Damp sponge clean all walls and let dry for 24 hours so as not to have moisture under your paint and cause bubbling.

3. primer your surface to ensure there is a layer over your drywall before you paint. Drywall has a tendency to soak in paint and you will end up buy more paint than necessary.

4. Make sure the granules you picked are not showing through your paint color. (Take a box lid and paint a little on it and let it dry. The reason I say this is that I was going to try to go the short cut route with the granules with sand and pale yellow... not a good idea!) As for mixing your granules into the paint, I think wherever you purchase the paint can shake it for you so that you get an even mix.

5. Tape, drop cloth, face mask, and if you are latex sensitive, gloves.

6. Pick a slightly furry or spongy roller and go to town in V's on the wall until all is covered. Only use paint brushes when necessary to cut into small areas. Brushes and texture don't do well together unless you are looking for a drag technique.

7. Always clean your brushes and rollers thoroughly with dish soap and water between coats and make sure they are dry before using again.

Things to remember:

- Don't get discouraged with the first coat. The first coat is always ugly... it gets better with the second and sometimes third coat.

- I always suggest with this type of paint to let it set for at least 12 hours before adding another coat. Even if the manufacturer says less time, you never know with textured paint how much is under each bump and it needs to fully dry or it will cause bubbles.

- While painting, don't go back over an area if you think it looks bad. Let it set and go back over it later. Textured paint and primer has a tendency to come back up if it is still sticky and you try to go over it with more. Worse comes to worse, you just sand that area a little bit to smooth it and add another coat.

I hope this helps!




answers from Dallas on

Dear C.,

I am a faux finisher and we do texture all the time. I would suggest that you kilz (prime) the walls before adding the texture. I generally use joint compound and trowel it on it on with whatever technique is desired (skip trowel, smooth, etc...). You can add paint to the joint compound but in a bathroom with so much moisture I usually prime over the texture and then paint and then glaze. If you need help call me at ###-###-####.

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