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How to Create a Traditional Textured Finish

Skill:  Intermediate DIY'er

A traditional textured finish is a classic style that will enhance any room.

For Best Results:

When painting your "V" shape, it should not be any wider than one arm's length.

Do not apply more pressure to squeeze more texture out of a roller. Instead, reload the roller and let the tools do the work.

To blend each new section with the previous one, overlap your new roller pass three inches over the old one.

Apply BEHR PREMIUM PLUS® Texture Paint to the ceiling using the same technique.

Suggested Supplies
  • Brush (2"-2½")
  • Paint Tray
  • Extension Pole
  • Roller Cover and Frame
  • Stir Stick
  • Paint Tray Liner
  1. Step 1

    With your brush, start in the top corner and cut in a three-foot section of texture paint across the wall. Liberally reload the brush as necessary to achieve a three-foot strip that is approximately three inches wide.

  2. Step 2

    When applying BEHR PREMIUM PLUS® Texture Paint with a roller, roll the looped roller cover into the well of the paint tray. Do this several times to cover the entire surface of the roller cover with texture. Roll off excess texture onto the shallow end of the paint tray.

    Perform this procedure several times to ensure the roller cover is entirely saturated with texture.

  3. Step 3

    When applying Texture Paint, you will need to re-load the roller more often than you would when applying traditional paint.

    A properly loaded roller should not drip when moved, and does not require you to apply force against a surface when painting.
  4. Step 4

    Next, roll a "V" shape onto the surface in a three-foot by three-foot area.

    The "V" should not be any wider than one arm's length, which is typically 24-32 inches.
  5. Step 5

    Start filling in the width of the "V" pattern from top to bottom. Be sure to roll over the cut in areas as well. Reload your roller as necessary to completely cover the area.

    Stand away from the wall and review your work periodically to ensure an even look.
  6. Step 6

    Reload your roller as necessary to completely cover the area. Repeat the entire process until the entire surface is covered. If you would like to change the wall color, allow the texture paint to dry for 24-48 hours before applying a coat of paint.

    At least two coats are required to achieve a traditional textured effect.