How to Create a Speckled Finish

Dark speckling on light colored wall

Try a speckled finish technique to introduce an earthy dimension to your walls.

For Best Results:

Mix the entire quantity of glazing colour needed for the project before you start painting. Combining the contents produces uniformity of colour. This intermixing is called "boxing."

  1. Step 1

    Paint the base colour and allow it to dry completely before glazing.

  2. Step 2

    To prepare your topcoat glaze colour, pour 1 part PREMIUM PLUS ULTRA® or PREMIUM PLUS® paint (0.95L) and 4 parts FAUX GLAZE (3.79L) into a bucket and mix the contents thoroughly. For a more see-through or transparent look, add extra faux glaze to the mixture. For a denser or more opaque glaze colour, add more paint to the mixture. The mixture will generally cover approximately 37 sq. m. Make this 1:4 ratio mixture for all the glaze colours needed.

  3. Step 3

    Pour the colour glaze mixture into a paint tray and load a 5.1 cm wide nylon/polyester brush with the coloured glaze.

  4. Step 4

    Transfer the coloured glaze from the brush directly onto the drywall texture roller. Be careful not to oversaturate the roller with coloured glaze.

  5. Step 5

    Roll the glaze onto the wall up and down, side to side, and in a crisscross motion to avoid creating hard roller edge lines. The pattern left by the roller will appear as small dots. 

  6. Step 6

    Work in small sections. Overlap and blend each section as you go to avoid hard edges.

  7. Step 7

    Repeat the process until the project is complete.

Suggested Tools & Supplies
  • Brush 5.1 - 6.4 cm (2"-2½")

  • Bucket
  • Texture Roller Cover
  • Vinyl Gloves
  • Paint Tray
  • Paint Tray Liner
  • Plastic Sheeting
  • Rags
  • Roller Frame
  • Stir Stick
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