How to Use Brown Paper for Faux Leather


Leather is a textured material desirable in rooms with a masculine design influence. The material itself can be quite expensive, which is why some homeowners choose to develop a less expensive solution to give their walls a leather appearance at a fraction of the cost. You can apply brown paper bags to a wall in the same manner as you would apply wallpaper to create a leather appearance in a room.

Things You'll Need

  • Wallpaper paste
  • 4-inch paintbrush
  • Stepladder
  • Utility knife
  • Faux leather paint
  • Paint tray
  • Paint roller
  • Tear the large brown paper bags into smaller sections, roughly 12-by-12 inches in size. These sections can be slightly larger or smaller and should each contain different tear lines and jagged edges.

  • Crinkle the sections of brown paper bag by crushing them into tight balls with your hand. Open the sections up and lay them flat on an above ground surface.

  • Brush on wallpaper paste to the wall using a 4-inch paintbrush. Apply paste to an area roughly 36-by-36 inches.

  • Press paper bag sections onto the wall. Overlap the edges to create a more rugged appearance.

  • Repeat Steps 3 and 4 until you have covered the entire wall surface with brown paper bags. Use a stepladder to reach higher levels of the wall and cut around the ceiling line using a utility knife.

  • Pour faux leather paint into a paint tray and roll the paint over the bag-covered wall. The paint will roll onto the paper bags to create a more naturally textured appearance. Allow paint to dry for two hours and apply a second coat if you prefer a darker coating.

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