How to paint fun Faux-Wicker Walls

No one believes this isn't wall covering


After I did Faux Rattan walls in my powder room, I got inspired by squeegee painting. So I updated my guest/pool bath with a faux wicker finish I found in BH&G's "Decorative Paint Techniques," (my favorite faux book) available here from Amazon.

The finish is called "burlap," but mine looks very much like wicker. First I applied chair rail to break up the small room with a 10 ft. ceiling. I painted Sherwin Williams "Antique White" above, and fauxed below, using the Sherwin Williams "Kilim Beige," already on my walls, as my base. I mixed Antique White with Behr's clear glaze for the lighter shade.

Details on how to create this unique finish with squeegees are on pages 60-63. All you need is the book and a few inexpensive tools, a few days, steady hands, and some patience.

My Tips
Be sure to strictly observe the drying time for each step so you don't end up smearing your work. But if you do make a mistake, you can always paint it out and start that section over. That'w what I love about paint vs. wallpaper.


I recommend using only ScotchBlue Painter's Tape for Delicate Surfaces. It won't peel your paint off if you remove it within 45 minutes after painting.


Imperfections are fine, even slightly uneven lines. See my closeup photo below. Don't be too critical of yourself. Stand back to assess your work. Remember that faux finishes are not meant to be viewed up close. The overall effect will be organic, and that’s what you want. 

My walls have a light orange peel finish, so they're dimpled compared to smooth walls, which are be much easier faux. But I like the effect, even with the extra texture.

You can shop online for these faux finishing essentials before you start this project. Good luck!



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