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Texturing begins with cleaning the walls so they’ re smooth, dull and dry.

You can transform flat walls in a room with a subtle texture and create the look of plaster without being rough using a specialty paint. The drywall becomes a warm and welcoming surface with paint applied like a faux finish; it’s often used by new home builders as a way to distinguish the surface of walls without adding a wallcovering to them.

A painting contractor can create this textured finish to the walls of a 10-foot-by-15-foot room, or about 300-square feet of wall area for $390, which includes the labor and material. A creative homeowner can do the job for $100, the cost of the paint and materials, pocketing a nice 74% saving. The end result will be uniquely your own so take your time practicing to achieve the look you want.

Texturing begins with cleaning the walls so they’re smooth, dull and dry. Then the first application goes on in irregular-size sections and patterns to reduce the possibility of lap marks. Cut in with a brush and then roll the paint within the sections. To create a textured plaster finish, use a 4-inch steel trowel to skim the surface in a crisscross pattern. While the first application dries, use the trowel to burnish the finish, gently scraping the trowel over the surface to knock off any ridges. Apply more applications if necessary, until you’ve created the effect you like.

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Pro Cost — DIY Cost — Pro time — DIY Time — DIY Savings — Percent Saved

$390 — $100 — 6.0 — 11.0 — $290 — 74%

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