Sometimes it is difficult to see how interior paint is going to really look until it is up on the wall. It might be a problem with the color, or the fact that the paint is too glossy. Alternatively, you may have a can of paint that you really like, and don't want to return, but it is a bit too glossy. It's possible to reduce the gloss of the paint in both instances.
Things You'll Need
- Paint brushes
- Textured roller
- Tarp or old blankets for protection
- Soft rag, mild soap
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Wash the wall. If you are adjusting the gloss of paint already on the wall, wash it first with warm water, a soft rag and a mild soap. Do not scrub. Let the wall dry overnight.
Sand the surface of the wall. Use a 400-grit sandpaper for a very flat finish, or a 1000-grit paper for a finish with a slight sheen. This will remove the top, glossy layer of paint. Use an electric sander for best results, protecting nearby furniture and items.
Glaze the wall. If you don't wish to sand the wall, try painting a layer of a matte glaze over the paint. These glazes come in a variety of colors and textures. You can also add a texture to the wall by using a special roller to paint a pattern over the glossy paint. Choose a similar color as the glossy color.
Change the lighting in the room. Reducing the light will make the walls appear less glossy.