Denim Paint Technique


  • One roll of 2" Painters Tape preferably with paint-blocking technology for cleaner lines
  • Drop cloths
  • Rags
  • 9" roller frame
  • Two 9" roller covers
  • Paint roller extension pole
  • Paint tray
  • One 12" wallpaper brush
  • Nylon/polyester brush
  • Gloves
  • One gallon Snowbound SW 7004 in semi-gloss
  • One quart Naval SW 6244 in semi-gloss
  • One gallon Faux Impressions latex glaze
  • 5-quart mixing container
  • Level (2" or longer is best)
  • Pencil
  • Optional: Latex paint extender


  • Smooth walls are best for this technique, so be sure to prep your walls accordingly.
  • Faux painting results vary. We recommend starting with a small sample board to practice your technique — and also to make sure you like the color.
  • After the glaze is rolled on, it needs to be worked pretty quickly. Dividing the wall into workable sections will make this easier.
  • Always work in a well-ventilated area.
  • Wear gloves, as dried latex glaze can be difficult to remove from fingernails.
  • The glaze can splatter, so be sure to cover floors and furniture.


  1. Paint the base coat using Sherwin-Williams® Snowbound SW 7004 in semi-gloss. Depending on the color and current condition of your walls, two coats might be necessary. Allow to dry completely (at least four hours).
  2. Measure the length of the wall and divide it into equal segments anywhere from 24" to 36" wide. For example, a 130" wall should be divided into five 26" segments.
  3. Using a level and a pencil, mark vertical lines defining each section.
  4. Tape off alternating segments of the wall.
  5. Tint the glaze with the Naval SW 6244 using a ratio of one part paint to three or four parts glaze.
  6. Before applying the glaze, be sure to have all your supplies ready and within arm's reach: roller pan filled with glaze mix, roller with extension pole, ladder, wallpaper brush and rags.
  7. Completely saturate roller with glaze.
  8. Apply glaze liberally to the first taped-off section. To make it as even as possible, finish with light ceiling-to-floor strokes using the roller. Use the sash brush to apply glaze to any areas near the ceiling or trim where the roller couldn't reach.
  9. Quickly grab the wallpaper brush and drag it from top to bottom along the entire section. Use a rag to wipe any excess glaze from the brush.
  10. Starting back at the top, immediately drag the wallpaper brush lightly across the wet glaze from left to right in a smooth, single swipe. Continue with these horizontal strokes until you reach the bottom.
  11. Repeat steps 7-9 on alternating areas of the wall.
  12. Allow to dry completely.
  13. Gently remove tape from the finished areas, then tape off the unpainted areas.
  14. Repeat steps 7-9 on the remaining sections.
  15. Allow to dry completely. Remove tape.