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
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
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
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