Faux Finish: Leather

Creating a faux leather finishing is a great way to erase or mask many minimal problems with your walls like small dings and dents. It also invokes a feeling of warmth and coziness in the room.

Tools and Materials:

  • Paint Tray and Rollers 
  • Painter’s Tape 
  • Paint Brushes 
  • Foam Brushes 
  • Bucket of Clean Water 
  • Clean Rags 
  • Chamois Cloth 
  • Rubber Band 
  • Glazing Medium 
  • Cream Latex Paint 
  • Tan Latex Paint 
  • Scissors 


  1. Prep your room and wall before painting. Wash the walls with a wet towel and remove any dust. 
  2. Place painter’s tape along the borders to the ceiling, windows and doors or spots where you don’t want the paint to get on.
  3. Apply a coat of the cream latex paint using the roller. Use paint brushes to cut-in near the painter’s tape and around outlets and switches. Apply two coats.
  4. While the base coat is drying, cut the chamois cloth into strips of 2-4 inch wide and fold them in half so all of the ends are even with each other. Wrap a rubber band around the mid-section of the cloth strips, making it look like a mop head.
  5. Mix the tan latex paint and glazing medium until you have the desired color for your walls. 
  6. Use the foam brush and dab the paint along the borders to cut-in with the tan colored paint. Don’t brush the paint on, use a dabbing motion.
  7. Use the roller to paint a portion of the wall you will be concentrating on. Work on a small portion of the wall at a time as the glaze will dry quickly. 
  8. Next, while the wall is still wet, dip the chamois bundle into the bucket of water and squeeze it so it’s just damp and not soaking wet. Then begin patting the strip end of the chamois cloth on the wall so it removes some of the glaze.
  9. As the glaze is drying, take a clean cloth and dampen it with water. Pat it against the wall to help soften the appearance of the leather.