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Smooshing Painting Technique

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Smooshing paint lends the elegant look of moiré wall coverings or a simple marbled effect to a room, with a technique that is easy to use.

Tools and Supplies


Tools :

  • 3/8-inch nap Benjamin Moore roller cover
  • 2½-inch Benjamin Moore angular sash paint brush
  • Bucket
  • Paint tray
  • Plastic drop sheets (1-mil thick)
  • Roller cage
  • Stir stick

Note: The amount of paint and the tools required depend on the square footage of your project. For guidance in calculating the size of your project, consult your local Benjamin Moore retailer.

The Smooshing Paint Technique

Step 1 - Apply the Base Color
Paint your wall(s) with Regal Paint in gray mist (962). Allow at least 24 hours for it to dry.

Step 2 - Apply Tape
Before you apply the glaze mixture to your wall, tape off your ceiling and baseboards.

Step 3 - Prepare the Glaze Mixture
Pour four parts Studio Finishes Latex Glaze (405) and one part stone hearth (984) into a bucket, and mix thoroughly with a stir stick. Pour the mixture into your paint tray.

Step 4 - Apply the Glaze
Apply the glaze to your wall quickly. If you estimate you will need more than 10 to 15 minutes to put the glaze on the entire wall, do it in smaller sections.

Step 5 - Drop Sheet
Press a plastic drop sheet onto the wet glaze -- it will adhere on its own. Drop sheets of 1-mil thickness provide the best results.

Using your hands, smooth the plastic against the wall. Then wrinkle or rub it along the wall - anything that will move the plastic. It will probably not require more than five minutes to cover your entire wall.

Step 6 - Remove the Plastic
When you are done, carefully remove and dispose of the plastic drop sheet.

Step 7 - Apply Glaze on Your Next Wall
Roll the glaze on the next wall planned for your project and repeat the steps above. Make sure you use a fresh sheet of plastic for each wall.

Helpful Hints for Smooshing Paint

  • Use tape to protect areas you do not plan to cover with glaze, such as windows and door frames.
  • For long walls, buy one-millimeter-thick plastic in a roll. Roll your glaze on in six-foot sections and then apply the plastic.
    Repeat for the next section until the wall is complete.
  • Use a paint brush to apply your glaze mixture around ceilings and in corners.
  • For the best results with other colors, use a tone-on-tone, such as a darker blue over a lighter blue.
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