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How to apply texture to walls

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Why have a smooth and basic wall when we can easily apply rich texture to add a little more oomph to the walls and give a different vibe to our environment. There are several ways to remodel an environment without having to raise a lot of dust or without going into a hefty renovation and spending too much.We can change some furniture, decoration and of course, the colors of the walls. But there is more. We can also add graffiato texture to the walls, which is one of the most economical alternatives for coating walls. Graffiato texture can be applied on many different surfaces and dries very fast.Another advantage of this type of texture is that it is washable, thus facilitating the entire cleaning process.

How to make graffiato   

Grafiato can completely change the face and the style of an environment, giving a rustic and at the same time elegant touch to the space. This is because graffiato is a type of texture that creates a groove appearance on the wall and can be made with running dough or with mortar. In addition, you can choose different weight levels, from the thinner ones that leave softer and even deeper scratches for a more striking style. Everything will depend on the environment where the graffiato is applied and its style of decoration. In addition, this type of texture can be applied to both internal and external walls. 

Many suppliers sell the dough for graffiato texture already ready. If you are not doing the texture yourself and are counting on the  work of a professional  to carry out this process, it is worth consulting an expert before you purchase the materials and products.

How to apply graffiato

To apply grafiato to the wall, you do not necessarily need a specialized workmanship, and those who like to put their hands in the dough and love a DIY can try to apply texture on the wall without problems. But the ideal is that you always have the help of a professional who can assist you during this process.   

Like when we are going to paint any wall with any kind of paint, we need to make sure that we work on a clean surface with no trace of dirt, as well as eliminate scales of loose paint and try to fix any imperfections in the wall like cracks or holes. Before applying dough to the wall, use a crepe tape to protect the baseboard, frames and the corners of the walls.

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Because graffiato is a striking decorative technique, we recommend that you choose only one wall of your environment, if it is an internal environment, to apply this texture and thus not overburden the decoration.  

Before you start applying you need to analyze and decide what the ideal weight for your environment is. If you want grooves with a more rustic finish, for exterior walls, for example, we recommend that you choose a 8 mesh. If you want a softer results, for interior walls, a 12 mesh makes the texture more elegant and delicate.   

Graffiti texture is commonly used on facades and external walls, since, as we said before, it is a texture that infiltrates and is easy to clean, which results in a good economy in maintenance.    

For more ideas, here are 10 ways to decorate your home with natural textures and 10 innovative photos to renovate your walls next year.

How to make graffiato with mortar

We can make graffiato with mortar and granite, or for those who prefer a more economical alternative, there is also the possibility of using this technique with sand. You will need materials like:

Crepe tape 

Steel planer to apply grease to the wall

 PVC plier (or easy scratch tool) to achieve the grafiato texture effect  


Tray for mixing materials (water, mortar and sand)

Acrylic primer  

Brush or paint roller

Ideally, you should exercise caution when applying this mixture to the wall. If you need to stop in the middle of the process, we recommend that you signal this endpoint with a tape so you can pick up where you left off, but remember that you risk not achieving the final effect with the desired quality. We recommend that you pass the easy scratch tool always from top to bottom and following the same direction and try to finish a wall at once.

You may also want to have a look at our articles titled 10 innovative ideas for hiding ugly walls and 11 trends for decorating interior walls.

Graffiato on the corner wall pillars

Sometimes all you need is a little bit of texture on the corner wall pillars to make it stand out more. For more information, please also read our article titled simple tips to paint the walls of your home.

Graffiato in the staircase area

It's nice to have a small distinction between two areas and applying graffiato texture to the walls is a subtle way of separating areas of the home. 

We hope this article has been informative. For more inspiration, here are 4 ideas to beautify your Indian house with stucco.

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