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How to Create a Speckled Finish

Skill:  Intermediate DIY'er

Try a speckled finish technique to introduce an earthy dimension to your walls.

For Best Results:

Mix the entire quantity of glazing color needed for the project before you start painting. Combining the contents produces uniformity of color. This intermixing is called "boxing."

Suggested Supplies
  • Brush (2"-2½")
  • Bucket
  • Texture Roller Cover
  • Vinyl Gloves
  • Paint Tray
  • Paint Tray Liner
  • Plastic Sheeting
  • Rags
  • Roller Frame
  • Stir Stick
  1. Step 1

    Paint the base color and allow it to dry completely before glazing.

  2. Step 2

    To prepare your topcoat glaze color, pour 1 part PREMIUM PLUS ULTRA® or PREMIUM PLUS® paint (one quart) and 4 parts FAUX GLAZE (one gallon) into a bucket and mix the contents thoroughly. For a more see-through or transparent look, add extra faux glaze to the mixture. For a denser or more opaque glaze color, add more paint to the mixture. The mixture will generally cover approximately 400 sq. ft. Make this 1:4 ratio mixture for all the glaze colors needed.

  3. Step 3

    Pour the color glaze mixture into a paint tray and load a 2" wide nylon/polyester brush with the colored glaze.

    Test your technique and color combinations on a practice board before you begin the project.
  4. Step 4

    Transfer the colored glaze from the brush directly onto the drywall texture roller. Be careful not to oversaturate the roller with colored glaze.

  5. Step 5

    Roll the glaze onto the wall up and down, side to side, and in a crisscross motion to avoid creating hard roller edge lines. The pattern left by the roller will appear as small dots. 

    For a more saturated pattern, simply continue rolling over the newly painted surface until you arrive at a look you like.
  6. Step 6

    Work in small sections. Overlap and blend each section as you go to avoid hard edges.

    Stand back and preview your work periodically to ensure an even look.
  7. Step 7

    Repeat the process until the project is complete.

    If you wish to add a second or third color, repeat the process until you build up a color effect you like. You may use as many glaze colors as you wish.