How to Create a Stucco Faux Finish on Your Walls

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What You'll Need
Wall paint
Clean rags
Boxes of white issue paper
Plastic sheeting
Painters tape
Alcohol-based cleaning agent
Paint roller
Paint tray
Latex gloves

Creating a faux finish on any wall in your home can be a laborious process. One popular faux finish is stucco. This type of finish is often glossy in appearance and looks like waves on the wall with high points and low points. When done correctly, a stucco finish is unique and beautiful. Follow the steps below to effectively create a stucco faux finish on any interior wall.

Step 1 - Prepare Walls

Decide which wall or walls in your home you wish to apply the stucco faux finish, and open them to allow for ventilation. Place plastic sheeting on the floor to protect the hardwood or carpet from getting damaged. Put on your latex gloves and face mask.

Pour cleaning agents on to a clean rag. Wring out the excess and begin wiping down your walls. This is important because any dirt or oil on the wall can cause the faux finish to not come out correctly. You will have to periodically add more cleaning agent to the rag. Do your best to clean the entire wall. Apply the painter’s tape around the edges and windows to protect them from paint.

Step 2 - Use Tissue Paper

The white tissue paper is what is going to give you that stucco look. As the wall dries off, you can start tearing the tissue paper. For each piece of tissue paper, you should get four to six nice-sized pieces. Do not use a pair of scissors to do this as rough edges look much better than uniform ones. This is because the rough edges will blend into the wall so you can't see the lines.

Step 3 - Create the Stucco Faux Finish

This is the fun part of the project, but it is also the part that takes the most time and patience. Pour the paint you chose into the paint tray, and make sure it is well mixed. A paint roller will help the job go faster for you but a regular paintbrush will work just as fine. Soak the paint roller in the paint and apply it to the wall. As you start painting, work in small sections to keep the paint from drying too quickly.

To create the stucco effect, ball up a piece of the tissue paper in your hand, and then straighten it out. Place it directly on top of the wet paint to stick it in place. Continue to position the pieces of tissue paper wherever you like in whatever quantity you like.

Once the tissue paper is stuck to the paint, go over it with the paint roller. Do this until the entire wall is done and it looks like a stucco faux finish. The paper soaks up the paint and hardens with the paint.