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How to Sponge Roller Paint a Wall

Learn how to sponge roller paint walls for a textured look from decorative artist Aliya Riaz in this Howcast painting tutorial.


In our series of decorative painting techniques, we're going to be discussing the use, and also using, a textured roller, which you can find in most hardware stores. They're available in 4 inches and 9 inches, and 12 inches. They give a much more consistent ragging appearance, which some people like and other people don't. It's a good tool to know how to use.

So let's start off with our base paint here, which is a cream, and then I'm using just a regular roller to roll on the glaze. So just an even application of this glaze, which is kind of a sky blue, with a little bit more grey in it.

So once we've rolled out the glaze, one of the things that you must pay attention to is the amount of pressure that you use on your textured roller. Use small movements, otherwise you will find that the roller starts creating lines. For me personally, I do prefer ragging with a traditional rag and the traditional hard technique. But you know, for some people who possibly, maybe just want a little bit of movement on their walls, this is quite adequate.

And that's how we would use a textured roller.

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