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How To Create Texture Easily With A Decorative Art Roller

There are so many ways to create texture on furniture! I want to show you how to create texture WITH an amazing pattern using a decorative roller!!

How To Create Texture Easily With A Decorative Art Roller

Creating texture is one of my favorite things to do! When I was given the opportunity to try one of the decorative rollers from Artistic Painting Studios (APS), I said YES!! You could use this decorative roller along side a foam roller and “paint roll” it on. I of course had to be extra you know. So I want to show you how to create amazing texture using the decorative roller, making a negative imprint! APS has an extensive line of amazing rollers that you will love!!!

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Supply List:

  1. APS Bohemian Rhapsody Stamping Applicator Roller

  2. Barn Red Chalk Mineral Paint by Dixie Belle

  3. Pure Ocean Chalk Mineral Paint by Dixie Belle

  4. Limeade Chalk Mineral Paint by Dixie Belle

  5. Holy Guacamole Chalk Mineral Paint by Dixie Belle

  6. Colonel Mustard Chalk Mineral Paint by Dixie Belle

  7. Easy Peasy Spray Wax

  8. Synthetic Paint Brush

  9. Sea Spray

  10. Cheap Chip Brushes

  11. Vintage Gold Gilding Wax

  12. Surf Prep Sanding Kit

Honesty About Mistakes

I am going to be totally honest with you about this piece. I painted it and hated it, I mean I spent days on a blog/video and couldn’t stand it. As a result, I re-painted it and did something totally different. I think it was for the better because this came out wayyyyy better than my first disaster! Okay so anyways we never learn if we don’t make mistakes right?  So here we are.

Artistic Painting Studio

I am super excited to introduce you to one of the coolest products ever!! Jennifer Ferguson is the owner of Artistic Painting Studio. Jennifer holds classes and workshops, she also sells some of the coolest art mediums and supplies ever. If you like texture and layering, she is your girl. Did I mention she creates some of the most unique textured finishes?  Naturally I had to reach out and ask if I could use one of her rollers!! Game CHANGER!! I love texture, but texture with patterns, get out of here!!

I highly recommend you check out what she has to offer!!! HERE

Did You See This Amazing Rusted Patina Paint Finish?

Choosing A Base Coat

Okay so I didn’t choose my base coat or main color, my son did. He is three, he chose Barn Red and I must say it was a GREAT choice!! This color is bright but has a depth and dimension to it that scream to my BOHO love of color.

barn red Dixie Belle chalk paint

Texture Medium

Sea Spray and paint is what I used to create my texture medium. I mixed three colors colonel mustard, pure ocean, and limeade with a small amount of holy guacamole to darken it a little. I then mixed all three in separate cups to a brownie like batter consistency. You will want to almost “paint spread” the texture along your surface. Do NOT put too much, maybe a few centimeters otherwise if it is too thick it will crack.

Once I had my texture medium on the drawers, I rolled it. I used my decor roller in Bohemian Rhapsody by Artistic Painting Studio. You can rewash and reuse these over and over! I started from one side of the drawer and rolled to the end.

sea spray texture

chippy paint

Finishing The Texture And Letting It Dry

This is what your piece should look like after rolling it. For the legs and other spaces I just used a stippling motion to add the texture medium.

painted dresser

One More Layer Of Paint

Once you have allowed the texture medium to dry, it is time for one more coat of barn red. As a result you will get peek-a-boo color popping through after the next step. Do not stress about getting full coverage with this layer, cover as much as you can but if it doesn’t fully cover because of the texture just leave it, it is not a big deal.

painted dresser

Exposed The Layers Of Color

Once you have put your layer of paint over the texture and allowed it to dry, its time to distress. Now I used my Surf Prep sander with a fine sanding pad. You could use a sanding block if you prefer. I like the surf prep because it can be gentle for things like this or strong for stripping surfaces. You could “try” to use your own sander just use a softt hand and high grit to make sure you don’t actually sand the finish off otherwise just hand sand.

To seal the final product, I used the Easy Peasy Spray Wax. It is easy to use and gives me the matte finish I like for BOHO pieces.

surf prep sander

I also put together a You Tube video for you that you can check out below 👇🏻👇🏻👇🏻

I HAVE to show you the final product!!! Let me know what you think in the comments!! Will you try this??


Happy Creating Friends!! Let me know what you think below in the comments 👇🏻👇🏻


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