First size the wall as if you
were going to
For extra easy removal of this finish (hopefully
you'll never want to do that) in the far away
future...Apply Heavy Duty Wallpaper Lining Paper to
your walls, let cure for a day then apply your torn
paper. This will allow for easier removal in the
Now For The Fun Part
Now tape up your basebaords, trim and
ceilings as if you are going to faux.
Okay now you need your brown paper...We use
those brown throw away dropcoths you get at
Home Depot...they are cheap and easy to get.
While you are at "the depot" you will need to
get some paste...We use heavy duty clear
wallpaper paste. You probably need to go
ahead and get a five gallon bucket, its
You also need a roller and brush. A six inch
putty knife and a razor knife...the kind you
use for wallpapering. Don't forget you will
also need some stain blocking acrylic sealer.
Okay now we can start. Tear your paper into 2
to 3 ft randomly torn pieces. ( Make sure you
get rid of that ugly seam that runs through
those drop clothes) Save some of the pieces
with straight edges in a seperate pile. Wad
the pieces up to make them crinkled.
Start in a corner if you want and work your
way down. Roll the paste on the wall pretty
heavy covering an area bigger the one of your
pieces. Now Use one of the straight edge
you can put the straight edge aganst the
ceiling so you want have to trim later. Just
lay it on the paste, trying to get the
out with out stretching or tearing the paper,
don't worry about the crinkles, some will go
away and more will come.
Now take a brush with some paste on it and
brush gently over the top of the paper
helping to glue down some of the bigger
crinkles and smooth out the bubbles. Apply
extra paste to the edges where your next
piece will overlap. now roll the area for
your next piece....Don't worry how far you
overlap, just make sure the overlaps are
glued down. It is important to make sure that
every little space on the wall is covered
with a piece of paper.
Now this will probably take a day to dry, so
you wait and worry...it will probably be
pretty spooky looking, although many of my
customers have liked the way it looks.
Okay now its dry...Prime it with the stain
blocking sealer... and wait again, another
Now the color for the basecoat depends on the
faux and look you want....
Basecoat , a satin or semi-gloss finish is
It is not necessary to wait a day for this to
dry, but it woudn't hurt.
Time to faux...We usually wash on a dark
glaze, (One of those soft carwashing sponge
works best to apply your
glazes). Then again with
another darker glaze.
Coat...Queens Anne Lace
Dosinia or Leather Second Glaze...Oiled
Leather or Brown Log.
I suggest adding a
little Ralph Lauren Gold to each of these
Here Are Some Alternate Paint Brands:
Base Coat... Fragile Beauty
First Glaze..Spice Trader or Praline
2nd Glase....Catskill Brown or Capuccino
Base Coat... White Pidgeon
First Glaze..Cinnamon Suade or Maplebuff
2nd Glaze....Woodstained or Chocolate Cherry
I have given you two colors for each glaze so you
can get a nice range you should be in for a rich
leather look. Now I just hope my color charts aren't
out of date. Those paint guys like to mix things up
to keep their colors top secret.
Now remove the tape from around your
trim... but you have to cut it like
wallpaper. You will have overlapping paper
and by now a pretty good seal around your
tape, in other words it has been both pasted
and painted in place, but it will trim up
Da...hopefully now you have a
breath-takingly beautiful room. Let me know
and don't hesitate to ask (firstname.lastname@example.org)
lost myself in the first paragraph I
wrote, so I have probably really confused
please don't let my ramblings discourage
you from trying this finish, it is fantastic.