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How To Create Faux Leather Using Kraft Paper

Layers of ordinary brown kraft paper, covered by a polyurethane glaze, give a warm, rich texture reminiscent of leather.

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  • Time

    Two Days

  • Price Range

    $100 - $250

  • Difficulty

    Easy to Moderate


Step 1: Apply Adhesive to the Walls

Using a paste-brush, apply a base of wallpaper adhesive to an area of the wall about 2 feet square. (It's best to work on one small area at a time to avoid the adhesive drying too quickly.) Wear rubber gloves to protect skin from the adhesive.

Step 2: Adhere Paper to the Walls

Lay torn pieces of paper in a random mosaic pattern, piecing them together like a puzzle to cover most of the surface. Select bigger pieces to form a bottom layer. With most of the area covered, add more adhesive over the bottom layer, then add more pieces of paper.

Step 3: Smooth Out the Wrinkles

Using a plastic smoother, eliminate wrinkles and make sure that the edges and corners are all adhered and flat. Continue adding layers of paper until the wall surface is completely concealed.

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Step 4: Add the Polyurethane Glaze

Once the entire wall is covered, prepare a glaze by mixing a small amount of brown acrylic paint into a can of polyurethane finish. Make certain that the ingredients are mixed thoroughly. Apply a thick coat of the polyurethane glaze over the wallcovering.

The variation in shades resulting from the layering of paper makes for a nice patina effect. This finish is well suited for a room that utilizes warm, rich earth tones.

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