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


Painted Pots – Faux Metal

When looking for orchid pots I couldn’t find any colors I liked.  So, I decided to paint some pots.  This is my first:

Faux Painted Pot – copper/black

For this pot, I painted a plain terra cotta orchid pot black.  Next I dipped my brush in black paint and copper paint at the same time and painted over the black until I got a look that I liked.  Then I brushed on Minwax Polyacrylic Satin – 2 coats. I don’t remember what black paint I used but the copper was acrylic craft paint.  I applied the paints and clear coat with a foam brush.

Here are my next two pots:

Painted Pots – Faux Metallic

These plain terra cotta pots were first painted with Rustoleum Universal spray paint in Satin Black.  Rustoleum Universal has primer in it so it is designed to stick to a variety of surfaces.  I only painted the outside of the pots and just enough inside the rim so any plants would not be contaminated by the paint.  I don’t know if they would anyway but as a precaution that is what I chose to do.

The silvery one was then painted with Martha Stewart Precious Metals in Mirror Glass.  I was planning to use the black paint as a primer only but I got such great comments about it that I did not paint a second coat of the Mirror Glass but instead allowed the black to show through. On the saucer I did paint to coats so the black is covered.   I think it looks great both ways.  Once the paint was dry, (about 24 hours) I protected the pot with Minwax Polyacrylic Satin – 2 coats.

The copper pot was painted in much the same way as my first pot but over the primer I used Behr Ultra Paint in Sweet Molasses instead of black.  Since Behr Ultra can be purchased in sample sizes (8 oz) you can get it tinted in any color you want which is great for craft projects.  It only comes in a flat sheen but that is fine since I usually would be using a clear coat on top anyway.

After the sprayed coat of Rustoleum Universal dried, I brushed the pot with Behr Sweet Molasses.   When that coat was dry, I dipped my brush in Sweet Molasses and copper paint at the same time and without mixing the two colors painted the pot until I achieved the look I wanted.  I waited about 24 hours then coated the pot with the satin clear coat – brushed on.   This is so far my favorite look of the painted projects I have done.  I plan to use it for other things.