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How to Paint Faux Leather

If you love the textured look of leather and have always wanted a leather wall, you should paint a faux leather wall. Leather seems to evoke a feeling of luxury and quality, so why not surround yourself with that feeling by using this simple painting technique.


Get Ready to Paint

  1. Remove all pictures and wall hangings, including the nails, from the walls you are going to paint.
  2. Take off the electrical outlet covers and switch faceplates.
  3. Move all your furniture away from the walls and cover the furniture with a drop cloth.
  4. Wash the walls to be painted, using a wet towel. This will remove any dander or dust that may be on them.
  5. Cover any areas that you don't want to get paint on with painter's tape. This could include the ceiling borders and door and window trims.

Faux Leather Painting

  1. Apply a coat of cream colored latex paint to the walls using a roller. Paint the areas around the painter's tape and electrical outlets using a paintbrush. You may need to put on two coats of paint. Allow time for the paint to dry.
  2. Cut your chamois cloth into strips that are 2 to 4 inches wide and gather them all together. You can do this while you are waiting for the paint to dry. Fold the entire bunch of chamois strips in half and wrap it around the middle of your folded cloth strips. All of the strip ends should be together on one end and the fold should be on the other end, resembling a mop.
  3. Mix the glazing medium and the tan latex paint together in a clean paint tray until you have the color that you want.
  4. Mix the glazing medium and the tan latex paint together in a clean paint tray until you have the color that you want.
  5. Cover a section of the wall with the paint and glaze mixture using a roller. Working in small sections is easier because the glaze dries quickly.
  6. Dip your chamois bundle into the water bucket, and squeeze out as much water as possible, so the chamois is just damp. Pat the wall using the strip end of your chamois bundle, removing some of the glaze. You must do this while the paint and glaze mixture is still wet.
  7. Use a clean dampened chamois cloth and pat the cloth against the painted wall to give a softer look to the faux leather.

Things You Will Need

  • Paint tray
  • Paint rollers
  • Painter's tape
  • Cream latex paint
  • Paint stirrer
  • Clean rags
  • Chamois cloth
  • Rubber band
  • Glazing medium
  • Tan latex paint
  • Scissors
  • Bucket of clean water
  • Foam brush

Tip

  • You can give a faux leather look to furniture by following the same procedures.

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