How To Rag Paint a Wall

Tired of the boring plain look of your wall? You can turn that into something outstanding and one-of-a-kind. Rag painting your wall is a great way to deviate from the traditional plain, old-looking wall. It is so beautiful, and you can rag paint a wall amazingly easily and much cheaper than the usual paint job. It’s fun, too, especially if you love to play with colors.

Things Needed:

  • Base coat paint (Ideally, a lighter paint compared to the rag paint.)
  • Paint for the glaze or rag painting. Choose any color combination you desire.
  • Clean cotton cloth (brand new cloth is better but used is more practical)
  • Artist’s brush

Tip: Some stores sell a package for rag painting. This package already includes the base coat, a good color for the glaze or rag painting, and a rag or sometimes a decorated paint roller that will give the same “rag painting” effect.


  1. Choose the wall. Which part of your house would you want to try the rag paint? This painting technique adds spice and life to a room so it’s ideal for the living room. For first timers, it is recommended to try the technique on one wall only before doing it to other walls in the room.
  2. Clean the wall. You only need to do this if the wall paint is already cracked. If the paint is still pretty good on the wall, then you only need to overcoat it. To do otherwise, you can choose among various ways of removing paint like through liquid paint strippers, sanding, and heating.
  3. Paint on the base. Use your paint color for the base and paint it on the wall. You can use the regular paint brush or a roller. Make sure the paint is completely dry before putting the rag paint on. This usually takes 24 hours to dry the wall completely.
  4. Prepare the rag paint. Do this only if you will use two or more colors for the glaze or rag paint. You can play with the paint by combining them and mixing them so lightly. This will give two-tone color effect for the rag painting. Use your imagination on this step so you can achieve the color combination that you desire. You can also paint on the different colors with different rags if you want them to stand out on the wall.
  5. Moisten rag. Moisten the clean rag with the paint. Wring the cloth to remove excess paint. Using a non-wringed rag might cause dripping, which will not be a good site for the rag wall painting.
  6. Paint the wall. Dub the wall with the paint-moisten rag. You can twist and turn the cloth on the wall to have a different effect. You can even dub over the painted parts of the wall to give a darker color effect. Do as you please on this step. This is where the fun really starts. Do the dubbing, twisting, and turning until you get your desired wall painting look.

Now, who says you need wallpaper to give a different look for your wall? With rag painting, you can now have a unique look for your wall while expressing your taste. 


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