How to Rag Roll A Wall


Drop cloths, paint roller or pad, paint roller tray, level, straightedge, pencil and goggles


Rags, painter’s tape or tape and drape masking products, interior paint, oil-base glaze, tints or paint for coloring the glaze and mineral spirits (paint thinner).

1. The rags used for this decorating technique should be the same material and seamless. Fold the two sides of a 2- ft. long rag into the middle. Roll it loosely to create wrinkles. The roll can be any width under 1 foot. The width will determine the size of the striped pattern on the wall.

2. To protect the other surfaces of the room lay drop cloths on the floor and use mask and drape masking on the base board trim. Tape off adjacent walls to avoid rubbing the rag on unwanted areas.

3. Using a paint roller or pad, apply an even base coat on the already primed or painted wall. Allow it to dry completely.

4. Have a helper apply a glaze on a small area of the wall. It is important not to let the glaze dry before rolling it with a rag. Begin in a corner and work over a 2-foot wide top to bottom strip. Always work in vertical strips on the wall.

5. Immerse a rolled rag in thinner and squeeze out the excess thinner. Press the rag against the wall and carefully roll it down the wall with even pressure. The harder the pressure between the rag and wall, the more paint will be removed. When one section is finished, repeat the procedure on the adjacent area. Feather the edges of the strips together but do not overlap.

6. Finish the wall with the technique. Do not stop in the middle of a wall, but in a corner or edge of a door.

7. Apply another color glaze after the first coat has dried completely. Repeat steps 4 through 6 with another color glaze to create an interesting decorative look on the wall.


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