Suede Painting Techniques for Walls: A How-to Guide

What You'll Need
3 inch Poly Trim brush
Roller frame
Roller cover
Painters tape
Lint free rags
Working gloves and protective overalls
Wash bucket
Soapy water
Suede paint

One of the decorative and timeless painting techniques for wall involves the use of suede. It can be used in many different areas, such as offices, living rooms and bedrooms. There are quality, easy-to-apply suede paints that can be used to get attractive finishes on walls in the home. It is recommended to use suede paint in less busy spaces, as they are delicate and can scratch easily.

Step 1 – Assemble Materials

Start by buying high quality suede paint from hardware store. Choose a color that is desirable to the office or home, this helps to get an attractive finish. Paint applicators can be rented out.

Step 2 – Prepare the Surface

Remove wall paper or any border on the surface of the wall. Use a knife to cut through the paper and gently tear it down. Remove wall hangings, drapes and curtains.  It is advisable to remove furniture and other items from the room as well, since it makes it easier to paint the area.

Wash the walls to remove dust and oil residues. Use soapy water and a clean rag to clean small sections of the wall at a time. Rinse the entire surface with water, let it dry and fix gaps or seals on the wall.

Step 3 – Apply Base Coat

Use a brush or roller to apply suede paint on the wall. Make sure all sections and grooves on the surface are covered. The paint job does not have to be perfect. Give it time to dry before making the next coat.

Step 3 – Apply Second Coat

Use a 3 inch trim brush to apply a second coat. Cover the entire surface of the wall and use crossing patterns of overlapping X’s. Make short crossing and make sure the paint blends seamlessly on the surface. This provides an attractive finish and helps highlight the wall.

Step 4 – Finish up

Remove tape work placed on any joints or ceilings while the paint is still wet. If it hardens, it becomes difficult to lift it from the wall. Let the surface dry properly before placing back wall hangings and other décor items. Hang curtains and other items in the office or home and put back the furniture.


  • Practice making cross hatching brush techniques on a board before applying the paint.
  • Do not rush through the job. Take the time to touch up on areas where the paint job is not up to par. It is advisable to do this when the paint is still wet.