Pebble finish in paint


What natural ingredient can I add to paint that will give it a pebble finish?

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  • You could texturize the wall first. They make a spray on orange peel texture that might work

  • GrandmasHouseDIY GrandmasHouseDIY on Mar 23, 2021

    I agree on the idea of texturing the wall first. You can mix in texture with paint and roll than on but I've found spraying the texture on first, waiting for it to dry and then painting it will give a more even texture.

  • William William on Mar 23, 2021

    There is special silica sand that can be added to paint. Basically makes the paint slip resistant. Regular sand won't work.

  • Mogie Mogie on Mar 23, 2021


    The most common substance added to paints to create a textured final product is sand. Specifically, silica sand that is sold by home improvement and hardware stores for mixing with paint. You can add as much or as little sand to your paint as you like to create the perfect custom look and the paint should not be otherwise affected by the sand. It is generally advised to use silica sand rather than natural sand because silica sand is clean and consistent in texture.

    Joint Compound

    To create a look similar to Venetian plaster on your walls, you can mix a powdered joint compound into a latex paint. Once you have mixed the joint compound into the paint, you can create a plastered look on your walls by using the Milano plaster tool, a special texturing device that is commonly used for creating old-style appearances on walls.

    Texture Additives

    In addition to pure silica sand, most home improvement stores sell a variety of specifically designed texture additives to add into paints. Many of these products are sand-based, but may contain other ingredients and come in different grains so that you can create a fine, medium or coarse grain appearance on your walls.

  • They do have rollers that will add texture to a wall. You might want to peek at them to see if there's one that you like, that will give you the effect without the need for a paint additive. Just a thought.

  • Betsy Betsy on Mar 23, 2021

    Hi Cat: You can add sand, but not too much :) And, keep stirring it when you get a new brush or roller full so that you don't end up with a blob of thick paint here and a smooth patch there.

  • Simple Nature Decor Simple Nature Decor on Mar 23, 2021


  • Cynthia H Cynthia H on Mar 24, 2021

    Hi! I would suggest spackle. You could create the texture you want and then paint over it. That would give you more control over the texture. Good luck!

  • Kmdreamer Kmdreamer on Mar 25, 2021

    Home Depot sells additives to add to paint

  • Lindsay Aratari Lindsay Aratari on Mar 29, 2021

    You could add baking soda to it to give it a thick texture

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