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How to Create Frottage Leather Walls

By applying a faux leather finish, you can create frottage leather walls and transform a dull room into a more sophisticated living space.

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    $50 - $100

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Step 1: Before Painting, Prepare the Walls

This bland space begs for a transformation.

Before painting, clean the walls throughly with a soap-and-water mixture, using a damp sponge mop, and let dry.

Prepare the walls by taping windows, doors and moldings with painter's tape. Cover the floor with a drop cloth.

If the walls have an oil-based paint or glossy surface or were previously painted with a darker color, apply a coat of primer and let it dry completely before applying the base coat.

a space that needed attention

Step 2: Apply Base Coat

Apply base coat and allow to dry (make sure base coat is lighter than, but in same family as, top coat). Tape off sides of adjacent wall using masking paper.

Step 3: Mix and Apply the Top Coat

Add three parts glaze to one part latex paint to create a top coat. Paint top coat over base coat.

paint top coat over base coat

Step 4: Apply Plastic Sheeting

Apply plastic sheeting from top to bottom of wet paint. Manipulate plastic sheeting with a wallpapering brush. Press brush against plastic sheeting until most of the air bubbles have been eliminated.

Remove plastic sheeting to reveal the leather textured effect.
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