How to Create a Faux Leather Effect

Everyone loves leather. It’s used for our clothing, accessories, and furniture. With this very simple faux leather technique, you will be able to give your walls the appearance of rich textured leather.


Base Coat:

Prepare your room by applying a base coat of your choice. Allow the base coat to dry a complete 24 hours before applying the glaze.

Making Work Regions

The leather faux effect requires the semi-prompt removal of the glaze. This is why you should make alternating work regions that are equally spaced apart. A good rule of thumb is to make work panels 28” wide to 48” wide with a vertical spacing between squares-3′-4′ high.

Make Your Grid

Using your measured level, make your work regions using a light pencil action. After you have marked your entire room off in work regions, mask off the sections with masking tape.

Cut The Plastic Substrate:

The sheet plastic provides all the leather effect to each square with one singular application. Cut a unique piece for each square, being sure to leave 1′ extra on each side. It is important to provide a sufficient overlay as you only have 1 chance to apply the effect.

Application of the Glaze:

Put a thorough coating of glaze on your designated work area. Be sure to paint over the painter’s tape ensuring clear demarcation.

Application of Plastic:

Using a pair of pliable oven mitts or heavy plastic gloves (reducing the likelihood of fingerprints), apply the plastic sheet from top to bottom to your work area. You will notice wrinkles in the plastic, but this is fine- this is the exact reason the leather effect is embossed. Press the oven mitts down on the plastic until you have reached the bottom of your work area.

Remove Plastic:

immediately remove your oven mitts and peel the plastic off in one concise movement. You will clearly see your leather effect in your designated work region.

Removal of Masking Tape:

Immediately after you complete the application of your plastic sheet to your work area- take it off.

Proceed to Your Next “A” Work Region

Skip your “B” designated work areas and complete all “A” designated work areas.

Proceed to “C” Designated Work Areas:

You may proceed to the “C” designated work areas the same day as you complete all “A” designated work regions.