Knock Down Texture for a Stone Look on Basement Walls

This past weekend, my wonderful sister helped me add a knock down texture to our cement basement walls with a product call Homax Roll-On Texture.  I can honestly say this was a delightful product to work with from the ease of application to the  low mess and easy clean-up.

I was aiming for the “feel” or look of a craggy stone wall, and by using this product, I was able to do it.  Mind you, I still have to paint the walls, and perhaps add a bit of glaze to bring out the details, but for all intents and purposes,  I now have a stone look texture on the walls in  (part of) my basement which is a grave improvement over the plain painted cement they once were.

This in NOT a sponsered post.  I just want to share how happy I am that we are finally getting the scary basement underway!!

When I posted to ask for help me picking out a paint color, I showed you one of my textured wall inspirations.  Well let me show you another, please!

Textured-Villa-Casa-Carlo-Ricardo-Homestories- inspring my knock down textured wallsThe textured walls and painted ceilings in this cellar style room is the ultimately the look I am going for, albeit on a slightly less texture-y scale.  It’s from an amazing collection of European villas fond here.

I never would have come upon this collection myself.  However, thanks to a post of Pinterest favorites from Design Dreams by Anne, I was able to make use of another textured wall inspirational photo to help me plan this makeover.  Anne has done some remarkable room remodels herself.  Her talent never ceases to amaze me, not to mention her eye for style. Thank you, Anne, for helping me decorate my basement !!

So let me get on with it:

adding texture to walls in basement-after19Here is the  Homax product we used.  You basically scoop some or all of the product into a 5 gallon bucket, add a pint of water and mix it together with a power drill mixer attachment.


Here is my sister rolling it onto the walls.


You can see the popcorn ceiling-like effect you get with a texture roller.

adding-texture-to-walls-for-a-stone-look-in-basement-stowandtelluHere is how this texture looks after I knocked it down using a wide spackle knife.


Here is how is a few shots of how it looked after it was dry:



Tip:  rolling thicker in some areas vs others seemed to add to the uneven pattern one might find on a real stone wall. Just sayin’



Below is a before shot of a section of the basement:


And below is an after shot:

adding-texture-to-walls-for-a-stone-look-in-basement-stowandtelluNot quite as noticeable, right?  I might have wanted it to be a bit thicker, but since this was our first try, and it’s such an improvement already, I’m okay with it just how it turned out.

We completed rolling and knocking down 300 sq ft of cement wall in 2-1/2 hours, kid you not!  There were barely any drips and it the product cleaned right up and off with warm soapy water.   In addition, the texture is ready to paint after a 24hr drying time.

The hardest part of the whole experience was how to get the seal-tight lid off the container in the first place!

I think with some paint, and perhaps a little glaze these walls will look even more like craggy stone.  I can’t wait to get to the next step!!

Have you ever had a room in your house that was so bad, that even the slightest improvement makes you want to jump for joy?  That’s about how I’m feeling right now.

Thank you for stopping by ~ Amy

You can see more posts on the basement update, here.



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8 Responses to Knock Down Texture for a Stone Look on Basement Walls

  1. Anne March 6, 2014 at 7:08 am #

    aww thank you for the shout-out! You’re a pretty talented lady all on your own!!

    Love the textured walls, they look fabulous. Great work!!

  2. Feral Turtle March 6, 2014 at 3:41 pm #

    This is cool! I would love to do this in our old basement as the walls are pretty rough! I can hardly wait to see your finished walls! Looks awesome! What color of paint will you use?

  3. Doreen@househoneys March 6, 2014 at 11:33 pm #

    I so know what you mean Amy! Our storage room, which is uglier than ugly, is getting a face list and we painted the floor and it makes me so happy to look at it!

    That sounds like an interesting product. Like you, I love texture, so anything that can help with that is ‘a good thing’.

  4. Mel March 7, 2014 at 4:14 am #

    Umm my entire house is horrid but cheap for that reason I get exited about everything! Amy this room is going to be brilliant when your one texture is looking great I think glaze will make it look as though its been there forever.

  5. Danni@SiloHillFarm March 7, 2014 at 8:43 am #

    Anne is such a rock star with her ideas and so are you! I can’t believe how fast this was! It looks great! Now if I only had a basement!!

  6. heather f March 7, 2014 at 12:56 pm #

    Oh yeah, much better! I love how quick and easy it was, too!


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