Written by Thomas Conroy
Introduction: It would be a valid inquiry to question why anyone would need to know how to make their own wall texturing paint - after all, there are dozens of commercially prepared products already available in stores. The problem however, with store bought wall texturing paints is that they can tend to be rather pricey and not all products are suitable for all applications.
For the most part, wall texturing paints are one of those areas in life where a consumer tends to get what they pay for, and a homeowner that "goes cheap" may find they are stuck with a useless purchase. The greatest benefit of making your own wall texturing paint lies in the capability to control the thickness of the composition, and is enhanced by the ability to create small amounts at tremendous savings.
Step 1: How to make your own wall texturing paint begins with the selection of a good quality indoor paint. It is imperative in choosing the paint color to keep in mind that paint color may lighten just a bit with the addition of your texturing medium. For this reason it is wise to make a small test batch prior to applying it to an entire room. The best way to get the right color is to select your choice and then go one shade darker on the paint store color chart.
Step 2: After the paint is obtained, a homeowner has to select a choice of texturing medium to mix into the paint. This can be either a powdered product like spackling compound or dry Sheetrock compound, or drywall mud that is premixed. The dry powder is a bit more messy, but it mixes somewhat better than drywall joint compound. When mixing powders, strain then slowly through a screen in order to get any lumps out prior to adding it to the paint. Powders should be added one cup at a time to the paint until the proper consistency is created. This way, the exact texture can be repeated when necessary with precise results.
Step 3: When making your own wall texturing paint using drywall joint compound, the same measuring process is used, only in smaller portions - a half cup is perfect. A neat trick in using joint compound in making texturing wall paint is use a backward process, adding the paint to the joint compound to begin. This infuses the paint into the compound more easily and is excellent for lighter textures.
Tips: Two important things to remember when making your own wall texturing paint are to mix a slightly thicker paint for application to ceilings because of the gravity factor, and clean painting tools immediately upon finishing.