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Pseudo-stucco wall followup

Mixing paint

Accent wallSo how did my pseudo-stucco turn out? I have to admit that it doesn't look all that much like stucco. If I was going to repeat the project, I might follow Roland's advice and add some sand for fine-grain texture. Alternatively, I might just try to use stucco itself since even non-glossy paint has a plasticy sheen once dried on the wall.

Those caveats aside, I think my accent wall turned out really well...even if it doesn't look much like stucco. I really like the texture (wouldn't change a thing there!) and my two-tone bottom half of the wall looks really good up close.

Two-tone wall

I wasn't so sure after I put down the first coat, though. I selected the paint colors online then sent Mark to pick them up, and I wasn't quite expecting my orange-brown to be quite so, well, orange.

Preparing to dry brush

Stucco paint patternLuckily, I'd never planned to paint the whole wall in one color. After putting down two coats of the rather neony hue, I pulled out the yellow ochre I'd also selected. Brushing a very small amount of paint onto the top of a roller tray, I barely wet a roller in the paint. Then I lightly rolled over the textured wall, pressing down more firmly in raised areas that I wanted to accent.

The result was a very rocklike texture that definitely made the wall work. Tack the trim back in place and I could almost forget my office is located inside a trailer. Now, which wall should I tackle next?

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When I did my bedroom, many years ago, I found Lowes had a "paint" that was basically paint with sand in it. When I "painted" the walls, it came out looking like stucco. It covered up some flaws that had occurred when the window on the north side of the house was removed.

As far as the orange paint is concerned, visitors will just think your a rabid fan of the University of Tennesse! ::smile::

Comment by Nayan Sat Nov 12 08:25:17 2016
It does resemble that shade of UT orange on a computer screen but up close it's a little warmer.
Comment by mark Sat Nov 12 18:22:41 2016
Please show the whole finished wall - if you can - it looks nice in snippets but would look even better as a whole finished project?!
Comment by Jayne Wead Sun Nov 13 11:45:31 2016

Probably most paints are plastics these days. However the look does depend to a large degree on the gloss level and the texture.

With professional paints the same kind of paint is often available with multiple different gloss levels. With consumer-grade paint there are often not more than two or three levels, like high-gloss, satin and mat.

Comment by Roland_Smith Wed Nov 16 13:57:31 2016
Well, I don't know about stucco, but it sure does look like plaster, which in my opinion looks even nicer.
Comment by Natalia Thu Nov 24 17:08:40 2016

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