How to Add Texture to a Wall With a Whisk Broom

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Grass cloth wallcovering is a thick material that's manufactured with grass and fibers. It adds an attractive texture to plain walls, but it's expensive. In addition, it's harder to handle than wallpaper and requires skill to hang it. Do-it-yourself decorators can use a whisk broom and texture paint to create a grass cloth effect that mimics the real thing.

Things You'll Need

  • Texture paint
  • 5-gallon bucket
  • Paint stirring stick
  • Nylon/polyester paint brush, 2 inch to 2 1/2 inch wide
  • 5-gallon bucket grid
  • Roller frame
  • Looped roller cover
  • Clean whisk broom
  • Pour 1 gallon of the texture paint into the bucket. Mix it thoroughly with a stirring stick.

  • Use a nylon/polyester paint brush to apply the texture paint around the perimeter of the area you're working on. Start at a top corner, move along the ceiling, down the walls and along the baseboards.

  • Roll the texture paint on the top of the wall so it forms a large "W" on a 3-by-3-foot section. Fill the letter to cover the area by running the roller back and forth across it. Roll over the perimeter and the bottom section in the same manner.

  • Repeat Step 3 until the entire area is covered with texture paint. Wait 15 to 20 minutes before you proceed to Step 5.

  • Roll a second coat of paint onto a 3-by-3-foot section of the wall, starting at the place where you applied the first coat. Wait five minutes.

  • Drag a whisk broom lightly in a vertical direction across the newly painted section to add texture until achieving a look you like.

  • Roll a second coat of texture paint on the next 3-by-3-foot section of the wall beside the one you just finished. After five minutes, use the whisk broom to create the desired look. Repeat until the wall is finished.

Tips & Warnings

  • Texture paint sets quickly, so you should only work on a small area at a time.
  • Make sure to overlap the edges of the texture paint on each section.
  • You can paint the texture paint after 24 hours. Use the same method to paint the grass cloth effect, making a "W" and then filling it in.

References

  • Photo Credit Burke/Triolo Productions/Brand X Pictures/Getty Images
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