Dry wall compound
Glaze & Colorant
Paint Roller with a heavy nap
Small Paint Rollers and handles
A lot of older homes have rooms like this - with dark walls and paneling, but visually, dark walls tend to make a room seem smaller than it actually is. Now look at what a difference it makes when you brighten up the room. To transform this room, we covered the paneling with drywall mud, textured it and did some quick and easy faux painting.
With drying time it'll take a few days to complete, so let's get started. When you're playing with your texture you can really get any look that you like, and you can rub your trowel and just pull it away. It can stand up some. You can stick in the end of your trowel and if you don't like it just trowel back over it while it's wet. It'll be fine. Keep it about 1/8 of an inch to a quarter inch thick. Any more than a quarter of an inch and it may crack when it starts to dry out. You definitely don't want that. The wall mud must be completely dry before you begin faux painting. The mixture of glaze and paint highlights the crevices in our textured wall. The sea sponge softens the color.
And so I have a stronger value between the depth of the texture and the top. I'm gonna rub it with this rag. I'm just kind of rubbing the top of it, rubbing out my line where I finished so I can blend back into it. It really gives you that stone stucco antique effect. Sort of an old fresco.
In about four or five hours our faux finish is done. You can easily modify this technique to suit your taste. Just try a different texture with your wall mud, or a color variation.