This weeks, Job of the Week, features a faux finish-Ralph Lauren’s Suede. This is available at your local Home Depot and is marketed as a finish that any do-it-your-selfer can do. And I’m sure you can but for me it was a bit more difficult because I am expected to get professional results. Anything less and I don’t get paid.
We put the suede color on the wall and it came out too dark, so I added a little white to it and that changed the color completely, so then, I primed a spot with white primer and painted Suede over that and it was still too dark (and greenish looking),so, finally, I found a sheet of white poster paper and made a sample on that. And it was perfect!
Problem solved. Put 1 coat of white primer over the existing yellow and follow that with 2 coats of pure white. One of those little details Ralph left out of his instructional video- the existing wall color will influence the color of the Suede finish!
Ralph also said we could put on the 1st coat with a roller, but, that didn’t work out for us,so we wound up brushing on 3 coats of Suede, even though it was supposed to only take 2 coats.
That’s a total of 6 coats of paint. I had planned on 2. But it was worth it, the finished walls do look like suede and it is just the look my customer was looking for. She is very pleased.
Judge for yourself.