How to Apply a Suede Faux Finish

A suede faux finish can be applied to a wall or other surfaces to give the appearance of suede. I have only tried this method on a flat surface.

I would recommend practicing on a piece of drywallwood, or other surface similar to what you will be working with.
Choose two paint colors – base color (in this case the lighter color) and a top color.
Paint the base color on the surface using a good quality roller. Let dry for a minimum of 4 hours.
Mix the second color with glaze – 4 parts glaze to 1 part paint.
Working in an area of no larger than 2′ x 2′ at a time, roll or brush on the glaze/paint mixture.
Roll up a slightly damp, lint-free cloth (I prefer a cloth with a little texture). Roll the cloth through the paint/glaze mixture that you have applied.
The glaze extends the dry time of the paint so if you are working quickly and do not like the result of an area roll out the paint/glaze mixture again to smooth the spot a roll the damp cloth through it again.


The photo below is a suede faux finish applied to bare drywall.

Suede faux

Suede faux


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