How to Make Textured Walls Look Like Pumice Stone

Sea sponges will help apply texture similar to pumice stone to the wall.

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Textured, popcorn or cottage cheese walls are often considered dated and unattractive. Update your walls by enhancing their texture rather than trying to work against it. Pumice stones are lightweight, gray stones known for their rough surface and bubble-like holes. Using a sponge painting technique will help you create the look of pumice stones on the walls, allowing the wall’s texture to become a decorative element in the room.

Related Searches:Difficulty:Moderately EasyInstructions Things You'll NeedLatex primer2-inch paint brushPaint rollersPaint traysGray latex paint in satin finishSea sponge2 small bucketsLight gray, latex paint in satin finishClear paint glazeSuggest Edits1

Carefully pour latex primer into the paint tray. Use a 2-inch paint brush to apply the latex primer around the perimeter of the walls. Roll a paint roller through the primer and apply to the interior of the walls. Paint in long, even strokes working from the top of the wall to the bottom. Allow the primer to dry completely and touch up if necessary.


Clean your paintbrush and roller. Using a clean paint tray, pour the gray paint into the paint tray. Paint the walls with a clean brush and roller. Apply the gray paint using the same technique you used with the primer.


Fill one of the buckets with room-temperature water. In the other bucket, mix together 2 parts of light gray paint to 1 part of clear glazing liquid.


Dip the sea sponge into the water and wring it out. Use your paint brush to gently dab the paint and glaze mixture on to the sea sponge.


Dab the paint-glaze mixture on to the dry, gray walls. Work in a circular motion, dabbing gently to apply the lighter shade to the wall. Work in small sections of the wall, starting in the corner farthest from the door.


Cover all the walls with the light gray paint. Allow the walls to dry completely before applying a second coat if necessary. Keep applying coats with the sea sponge until you reach the desired texture.

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If the light gray, paint-glaze appears too thin, apply a bit more paint to the mixture.

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