DIY Network

How To Paint a Faux Leather Desktop

A hollow-core door with a leather-look painted finish adds a rich look to an inexpensive desk.

More in Decorating

paint a faux leather desktop
  • Time


  • Price Range

    $250 - $500

  • Difficulty



Step 1: Paint the Base Coat

Apply a base coat of cream-colored latex paint to the sides and edges of the door.

Step 2: Add the Glaze

Load the color-wash brush with mocha glaze, and paint Xs on the door with short stokes. Cover the entire surface while blending and overlapping the strokes, getting as much paint off the brush as possible. Don't let the glaze dry. Dip the same brush into the burnt-sienna glaze, and paint more Xs sporadically on the door so the different colors blend together evenly. Without loading the brush with more glaze, go back and forth over the entire door, blending the colors to create a two-tone color wash.

Step 3: Soften the Look

While the glaze is still wet, gently brush a clean softening brush over the surface to soften the finish and create more depth. To soften the look even more, roll up a clean, dry paper towel, and gently dab it on the wet glaze to give it a cloudlike look. After the door has completely dried, place it on a pair of two-drawer file cabinets to create a desk.