Combed Wall "Tiles"

Made by passing the teeth of a craft tool through a coat of tinted glaze, combed tiles give dimension to a home-office wall.

Combed Wall "Tiles"

Source: Martha Stewart


Alternating the directions of the lines creates a sense of movement. The squares can be any size.


  • Base Coat: Benjamin Moore 1585 Wales Gray

  • Glaze Tint: Benjamin Moore 1001 North Creek Brown

  • Four patterns rim the edges of a compact square rubber combing tool (used to create straight combed patterns as well as the striated lengths in a faux-bois design)


  1. Paint the Background Using a 9-inch paint roller with a 1/4-inch nap, paint the surface in desired color using latex paint. Let dry thoroughly.

  2. Make the Glaze Mix 1 part latex paint (pearl finish or satin finish) with 1 part latex or acrylic glazing liquid and 2 parts water. (If using oil paint, mix 1 part oil paint with 1 part oil glazing liquid and 1 part mineral spirits.)

  3. Paint the Combed Pattern Using painters' tape, mark several 18-inch square sections on dried base coat using a pencil and a level.

  4. Working in 1 square at a time, apply a thin layer of glaze with a China bristle brush.

  5. Pull the combing tool through the glaze.

  6. Repeat in remaining sections, alternating direction of stripes with each square. Let dry.


Be the first to comment!

Related Topics