Unlock Unique Visual Interest with DIY Textured Paint Projects
Textured paint adds a unique, vibrant look to any painted surface, and although it’s can be found in stores, it is usually very expensive and tends to be unsuitable for certain applications. For this reason, it is useful to be able to mix your own textured paint, as this is more cost-effective, easy to do and can be applied to almost any material.
To make your own textured paint, start by choosing either a textured latex-based paint or directly texture the topcoat. It is important to purchase your colored paint one shade darker on the paint store color chart, because the color will lighten a bit when the texturing medium is added. Test the color on a small patch of wall first, to get an idea of the end result.
Once you have the color chosen, choose your texturing medium. You can use several substances such as pre-mixed drywall mud, spackling compound, dry sheetrock compound or sand. Select one based on the look you are hoping to achieve. Dry powder is better for beginners, as it mixes more easily than the drywall joint compound.
Next, sift the texturing medium through a sieve or compound, to avoid creating any lumps. For dry powder, add one cupful of the medium at a time, mixing as you go with either a stick or piece of wood. With the drywall joint compound, add half-cup portions. Continue to add the material to the paint and adding more until you reach the desired texture.
Finally, use your textured paint to paint a wall, ceiling or any other item you want to with your special design. With this DIY project, you can create unique looks to bring life to any interior or exterior space and save the cost of buying expensive textured paint. Just remember to do some trial tests first, and you are sure to be pleased with the end result of your homemade textured paint.