Achieving A Faux Brushed Suede Look

What You'll Need
2 Painters Tape
3/8 Nap Roller Cover
Roller Frame
2 Angled Brush (Nylon/Poly material)
3 Flat Brush (Nylon/Poly material)
Clean, lint-free rags.

When you paint a faux suede finish on your walls, it lends a sophisticated and elegant appeal to your room of choice. However, this finish should be used only in rooms that do not have high amounts of traffic or hard use.

    Step 1 – Apply Painter’s Tape

    Begin your project by using the Painter’s Tape to cover the ceiling, baseboards and windows (as well as any other item you do not wish to be painted). Make sure the tape is applied firmly to avoid paint leaks.

    Step 2 – Paint the First Coat

    To begin your painting technique, use the 2 inch Angled Brush to apply the paint to the corners and trim. Paint in sections no larger than your roller to avoid uneven or blocked paint marks. Fully saturate your paint roller then roll over the trim paint to remove any brush lines. Once you have rolled one length of the wall equivalent to your roller width, in a top to bottom direction, repeat the trim and roll process until the entire wall is complete.

    Allow this first coat of paint to dry completely (usually four to six hours depending on the manufacturer) before beginning the second coat. At this point, the paint will look patchy and uneven. The second application of paint will take care of this.

    Step 3 – Paint the Suede Pattern

    When you are ready for the second coat, take your 3” Flat Brush and begin brushing on paint in a crisscrossed “X” pattern. The X’s should be no more than six inches in length. Start in the top corner and work your way down. Be careful to thoroughly cover the corners and crevices around the wall and trim. Randomly layer and overlap your X’s to achieve the free form of natural suede. No crisscrossed marks should be visible when painting is complete.

    Remove the Painter’s Tape before your second coat has completely dried; this will avoid the paint peeling off with the tape’s removal.

    Step 4 - Touchups

    With your painting job complete, there is the potential for scratches, scuffmarks, or damage in some way to the treatment. Given the nature of the suede paint, the area will be immediately noticeable with a white mark or discolored finish. If it is only a small area affected, you can repair the paint using a small artists paintbrush. However, if it is a larger area, the entire wall will have to be repainted in the crisscross X pattern. 

    As with most suede paint finishes, all that would be required for you to choose a different shade for the room is a coat of primer before applying your latest color choice. Be sure to read the manufacturer instructions carefully however, as some suede finishes include micro beads that would need to be sanded off the wall before a repaint could be accomplished.