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How to Paint a Wall to Look like Leather

Learn how to paint walls to look like leather from decorative artist Aliya Riaz in this Howcast painting tutorial.


Today we're talking about having a leather look texture, and this is a very
traditional leather faux finish. And I'd like to point out that a faux
finish differs from, let's say, a glazing technique because a faux finish
actually copies something in nature. So you can find granite and marble and
wood and stone, all come under the very broad groupings of faux finishes.

So as I said, this is leather, and it's called Moroccan oxblood leather. And
it's something that I've actually done on ceilings in studies and
libraries. And it really depends on what color you choose because you can also
do this in a very mottled green. You can do it in a more traditional
leather color which is the brown and more of a downy color which is the

So this look is achieved by first applying glue to your surface, whether it's
a wall or a ceiling, and then you apply tissue paper. And this can just be
white gift wrap tissue paper which you scrunch up and apply so you get this
wonderful texture which is like old leather that is cracked up. After that
you paint it and then put a glaze over it. And there is your leather

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