Transform your living room walls with a faux finish applied with a rag-roll painting technique and contrasting neutral color in satin sheen paint and glaze. An old cotton rag and this modern variation of an ancient painting process can add rich painting interest to any smooth wall in your home, creating a new décor that's appropriate for any era.
Remove all layers of wallpaper and repair plaster or wallboard to ensure the walls are clean and smooth. Choose the coordinating wall and rag-roll painting colors. Apply two coats of satin sheen latex paint in the preferred base wall color.
Mix equal parts of latex paint and water-based glaze in a container. These products have a satin sheen to match the gloss level of the painted walls and will produce a soft sheer look. The glaze also slows drying time.
Obtain cotton rags about a foot square and dampen them with water in preparation for the rag-roll painting project. Pour a small amount of the paint/glaze mixture into a clean paint tray.
Lay the cloth out flat, pinch and lift it at the middle, and gather it into your hand. Poke your finger into the center to give the desired shape/texture of a rosette for the rag-roll painting project.
Remove all the furniture and other room contents to provide clear access to the walls. Use painter's tape or low-tack masking tape to cover and protect the ceiling and trim immediately beside the wall while you paint.
Daub the rosette lightly in the paint and apply several splotches on the wall. Continue daubing in an ever-expanding pattern to leave random white space and thinner areas of the paint behind for in the rag-roll painting technique.
Press the rag against the wall corners and tape-masked trim to carry the rag-roll painting technique and design into nooks and crevices on the sides and ceiling. Avoid touching wood trim and other areas that are not masked.
Remove masking tape from the walls and trim when the rag-roll painting project is complete and the paint has dried. Replace the furniture and accessories to get the full effect of the rag-roll painting technique.