How to Create a Faux Leather Finish on Your Interior Walls

A faux leather finish on interior home walls seems to be one of the new leather looks. Ordinarily, you will pay a drywall technician hundreds of dollars to create this look. But why spend the money when you can achieve a professional looking faux leather appearance on the interior walls of your home? You can create this leather look in almost any color. Just follow the instructions below.

Things you'll need:

  • Wallpaper paste
  • Paper bags
  • Squeegee
  • Paintbrush
  • Stain or varnish (optional)
  • Straightedge
  • Utility knife

Step 1 – Make Preparations

Use paper bags from your supermarket and tear them into pieces that are about 5"x 5." Don't worry about making them perfectly square or perfectly straight on their edges. Uneven edges will look more natural when you've finished creating your faux leather wall. It doesn't matter what shape these pieces are when you tear them. In fact, odd and varied shapes will look better than even squares. But you will need to make your walls as smooth as possible before you begin pasting your paper pieces on them. Remove any peeling paint, nails, picture hangers or anything that will make obvious bulges or lumps when covered with paper.

Step 2 – Apply Wallpaper Paste to your Paper Squares

Mix up a batch of wallpaper paste. Any kind, any brand will work. Be sure the paste is thick enough that it will not run when applied to your paper pieces and pressed onto the wall. Put this mixed paste in a large container such as a bucket or tray. With a large paint brush, apply some of this paste to the back side of one of your paper squares you created out of paper bags.

Step 3 – Press Your Paper Squares onto the Wall

Use one of the paper squares with the paste on it and press it onto the wall, beginning at a place in the middle of the wall. Apply more paint to the paper to insure it is sticking to the wall. Add enough of these paste-covered paper squares to cover an area two feet square. Be sure the paper pieces overlap each other so that no bare sections of the wall appear between the paper pieces.. Press all the paper against the wall to remove any air bubbles from beneath the paper pieces. Do not use a straightedge for this. It will tear the paste-softened paper and make lumps on the wall. Work your way outward and cover the entire wall with these paper pieces, pasting and removing the air bubbles as you did with the first one section.

Step 4 – Trim the Edges

When you've covered the entire wall with your pasted papers and have reached the end of the wall you'll have pasted paper lapped over the edge of the wall. Use a utility knife and a straightedge to trim off the paper edges that are lapping over. When finished, let the pieces dry.

Step 5 – Apply a Sealer

Choose a sealer of your choice to produce a dry or satin finish, then apply the sealer to the dry faux leather wall, using a large paint brush. The brown color of the paper bags will create a leather-like look when you are finished.