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DIY Crocodile Wall Finish

crocodile decorative wall finish on a door

Now is a great time to take on DIY projects, especially this beautiful crocodile wall finish. In light of the stay-at-home order, we are all keeping inside the four walls of our homes. I say, why not give those walls a freshening up? There is a certain zen to painting that may just be the distraction you need.

Here’s a fun project I did recently, with the help of a crocodile roller. A crocodile roller is exactly what it sounds like: a roller that creates a crocodile-skin pattern on your surfaces. It will add a pop of fun and vitality to your home, for sure!

To try it yourself, you’ll need:

-A crocodile roller, Krok Express Roll (you can find one here: https://
-1 Gallon Satin Finish Latex Paint (I like Benjamin Moore brand, in the color Upper West Side)
-1 Pint of Valspar Limewash Glaze (you can find this at Lowes)

Pro Tip

If doing a large wall, I like to section off small areas. It makes the area less overwhelming. I treat the areas like I’m hanging wallpaper, sectioning off 36" X the height of your walls. Or be creative and do a square pattern everywhere. My door panels are easy because they are sectioned off for me.

apply base coat to the door panel

Apply Base Coat

First, you’ll want to give your area a base coat, with the satin latex paint. You can also use eggshell finish, but flat paint will not work: it absorbs the glaze too quickly. If you try to use a sheen like semigloss or gloss, your roller will slide on the surface and it won’t work well either.

brush on lime wash glaze to the door panel

Apply Lime wash

After your base coat has dried, apply your lime wash glaze with a brush. Try to paint it as evenly as possible by using the tip of your paint brush.

roll the crocodile roller through the center of the panel

Roll Your Crodile Roller

Next, roll your Crocodile roller through the center of your area. Then roll it through each side, going from the center to the left, then from the center to the right. Blot off excess paint from your roller as you go. If you mess up an area, just wipe the glaze away and start again. The old adage “practice makes perfect” has never been more key!

Need Extra Help?

Leave a comment if you need more guidance with your project. I'm here to help 🙂 Want to leave your crocodile wall finish up to a pro and live in the Charleston, South Carolina area? Contact me!

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