J & A Master Bathroom:: Wall Treatment Progress

Happy Monday to you! I hope you had a great weekend.

Today I want to show you the progress I’ve made on the wall treatment in J & A’s master bathroom. It’s not finished yet. After all, it’s a four-step process, and each step requires drying time.

If you’ll remember, the look I’m going for is something like this Old World Textured Fresco treatment that I saw at Sherwin Williams.

Of course, I didn’t want to pay the $45/gallon that they wanted for their special wall texture, so I used drywall compound instead, for the low price of $13 for a 5-gallon container.

I didn’t water it down or anything.  I just used it straight out of the container.  I used a paint pan to hold the drywall compound, and then applied it to the wall with a trowel.  This is the same trowel that I used for the Lusterstone wall treatment, and I highly recommend it.  The kind of trowel that is shaped more like a paint brush is really hard on the wrist.  This one is more ergonomic, and for big jobs, it’s the only way to go.  I found mine online for about $35.

I also found that it’s best not to load up the trowel with an excessive amount of drywall compound.  Doing so results in a smooth layer on the wall, and a smooth layer is actually not what you want when doing this wall treatment.  Using a minimal amount produces the pits and voids that give that wonderful texture that the glaze will later settle into.

I also wasn’t really concerned with making sure all of the wall was covered.  As you can see, there are many places where the bare wall shows through.

So here’s where I left off at the end of last week, with the walls primed with Kilz (my primer of choice).  You can see that even with the primer alone, the incredible texture starts to really show.

I hope to have these walls finished in the next couple of days.  I still need to paint them, and then glaze them.  I’m really hoping for a result similar to this…

We’ll see!!

Psstt…This bathroom is finished now!  Want to see the completed bathroom makeover?  Click here to see the whole before and after.



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  1. Kristi,

    For the glazed walls, what paint and glaze did you use? I know you changed the walls to paint before the final reveal, but I'm pretty handy and interested in doing this myself.

    Thank you!

  2. I used Behr paint and glaze from Home Depot.  It's pretty much my go-to brand for any latex paint products.