How to Paint Walls With Glitter

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How to Paint Walls With Glitter
Glitter can be an attractive addition to a painted wall. (pots of glitter image by Warren Millar from

Painting a wall and adding glitter is a stylish way to dress up any room in your home. Adding glitter to the wall adds an attractive surface effect when light hits the wall. Painting a wall with glitter is a relatively easy process that can be completed in just as much time as it would take to paint a wall with a plain paint.

Skill level:

Things you need

  • Wall primer
  • High-gloss paint
  • Paint tray
  • Paint roller
  • Spray glitter
  • Dust sheet
  • Vacuum
  • Step ladder

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  1. 1

    Place dust sheet on floor to protect the flooring from any paint spills.

  2. 2

    Roll primer onto the wall with a paint roller. Apply an even coat over the entire surface to create an even finish. Allow primer to dry for two hours.

  3. 3

    Roll high-gloss paint onto the wall with a paint roller. Apply an even coat over the entire surface. Allow it to dry for two hours. Apply a second coat if necessary.

  4. 4

    Shake spray glitter rapidly for one to two minutes and climb onto a step ladder to reach the top area of the wall.

  5. 5

    Hold the spray glitter 10 to 14 inches from the wall surface and spray evenly across the top of the wall so the glitter can fall down the wall and cling to the paint. Avoid holding the can in one spot for any length of time as this can cause an uneven application of glitter.

  6. 6

    Repeat steps four and five along the entire length of the wall. Avoid repainting the surface after glitter is blown on, as the glitter may not show through the paint.

  7. 7

    Remove dust sheet from the floor and vacuum up fallen glitter.

Tips and warnings

  • Paint walls when the temperature is between 10 degrees Celsius and 35 degrees Celsius for best results.
  • Consider spraying glitter over stencils on a wall for a more creative appearance.

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