If you want to spice up your room décor, one of the ways to do this is by painting the room and adding sand to the paint. This will not only give your room a new color, but will also add texture to the room. There are commercially available paints that already have sand mixed into it, but if you want to save up on money, mixing sand into the paint can be done manually. Here's how.
Paint. Begin by selecting latex paint. Latex paint comes in various levels of shine and gloss, all of which can be combined with sand. What is important is that you use latex, which will naturally envelop the sand granules to create a paint that has texture but which will support the weight of the sand it contains.
Sand. For the sand, you will need to purchase silica sand. This is a specific type of fine sand that is usually used to create glass. Contrary to popular belief, not every type of sand can be used. Most sands are mixed with dirt and other small materials that make it unsuitable for mixing with paint. Sand from the beach, for example, is often moist and mixed with decaying sea plants, which can create molds when mixed with the paint. Luckily, clean silica sand is often sold inexpensively in most hardware shops.
Amounts. Next, take a small bowl and fill it with the latex paint. Add some of the silica sand and mix well. Apply the paint on a small part of the wall or the object that you are planning on painting, and allow the paint to dry. Determine whether you like the texture or not. Use the first application to determine whether you need to add more sand or if you need to reduce the amount of sand mixed in the paint. Be sure to remember the proportion, so that you can replicate the amounts in the other batches of sand textured paint that you will make. This is important so that you will be able to create evenly textured paint for the entire house.
Mixing. Once you have determined the correct proportion, prepare the rest of the paint for the rest of the project. Use a stick or a paint stirrer to mix in the sand into the paint. Make sure that the sand does not form clumps, and make sure that you mix the sand and paint every so often, since the silica sand is much heavier than the latex paint and will tend to fall down to the bottom of the can.
Application. Once the paint is prepared, take a sponge roller and use it to slowly apply the paint onto the wall. As with other types of paint, you need to apply two coats or more in order to create an even finish. Make sure that you allow the first coat of paint to dry before applying the second.
With these steps, you should be able to create your own sand textured paint just by combining silica sand with latex paint.