How to apply a bark wall texture

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How to apply a bark wall texture
Use interior decorating tricks to give an ordinary wall a new look. (Eastcott Momatiuk/Lifesize/Getty Images)

Faux painting is one of the latest trends in interior decorating. Homeowners looking for a way to capture the look of wood on a wall can recreate a bark wall texture with a few easy techniques. This faux texture is a good choice if a wall in your home has several imperfections that would be difficult to conceal with just paint. This texture can also hide stains that can pop up in heavily trafficked areas such as a kitchen.

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Things you need

  • Texture paint
  • Roller covers
  • Rollers
  • Cords
  • Scissors
  • Cardboard rolls

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  1. 1

    Apply a paint designed for texturing with a heavy roller. Cover to the wall. Start in the corners and smaller areas and continue to work on the larger areas.

  2. 2

    Wrap a thin cord around the length of a clean three-inch roller cover and secure it by tying knots at the end. Trim the ends of the knots as short as possible. The cord will create the long, deep grooves seen in natural bark.

  3. 3

    Roll the cord up and down on the surface until you get the pattern that you desire. The cord will leave its imprint as you are rolling. The knots at the end will give the impression of the knots found in natural bark. If you want larger knots, use the end of a cardboard roll and press into the wet paint. Vary the sizes of the cardboard rolls to create different-sized knots.

  4. 4

    Wrap a thick cord around a larger roller cover and using the techniques in step 4 continue to create a bark wall texture on the larger areas of the door or wall.

  5. 5

    Allow the paint to dry as recommended by the manufacturer.

Tips and warnings

  • Practice on a piece of scrap board until you are satisfied with the results.
  • Always work in a well-ventilated area and wear gloves and a paint mask.

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