Be Inspired: Ralph Lauren’s Natural Linen Paint Finish

Do you love the look and feel of natural linen? If so, be inspired with natural linen looking walls. How do you get the look of natural linen walls? With the help of Ralph Lauren’s natural linen paint finish!

The natural linen texture of your painted wall will add a nice look and feel to any room. To get this look, it’s a tinted translucent glaze applied over two semi-gloss coats, and then a woven linen pattern is worked into the wet glaze. Here are the steps you need to take to accomplish Ralph Lauren’s Natural Linen Paint Finish:

Step 1: Start with clean dry walls that have been primed with latex primer.

Step 2: Get a friend to help you and practice this technique on a piece of wood just to make sure you have the technique down first. After all, practice makes perfect and avoids a natural linen disaster.

Step 3: Apply tape along the edges of your painting surface.

Step 4: Apply a base coat with a roller, using long strokes. Wait at least 4 hours for the first base coat to dry before applying the second base coat. Once the base coats are on the walls, wait another full day before taking the next step.

Step 5: Measure the room and chalk off the areas you want the natural linen texture. Do not exceed 42 inches in width, as that will no longer look like a fabric panel. Make sure to use a level to verify that your lines are straight.

Step 6: Tape the initial sections off to prevent messy edges. If you are painting the natural linen texture on multiple sections of the wall, make sure the tape clearly marks the outside of each section and the setup looks good before proceeding with the glaze.

Step 7: Apply a thin layer of the glaze coat over the entire section. Make sure the glaze coat is evenly applied and that roller marks are at a minimum.

Step 8: Take your dream weaver brush, starting from the upper left corner by the ceiling, and drag the brush horizontally across the entire panel up to the tape. Wipe the glaze off the bristles after each pass with a lint-free cloth. Continue dragging the dream weaver brush horizontally until you get to the bottom of the painted area.

Step 9: Take your dream weaver brush, starting from the upper left corner by the ceiling, and start dragging the brush down vertically. Wipe the glaze off the bristles after each pass with a lint-free cloth. Continue dragging the dream weaver brush vertically until you get to the bottom of the painted area. By the time you’re finished, you should have a woven pattern that looks like natural linen.

Step 10: Remove the tape of the freshly glazed area while the glaze is still wet.

Step 11: To give the natural linen texture a “seam”, take some new tape and put it on top of the edge of the wet glaze. You may choose from one of two looks for a seam. You can either place the tape right along the edge where it meets the other section of paint for a subtle seam. Or, you may place the tape about an inch or two inside the edge of the textured glaze for a wider seam.

Step 12: Finish the room by repeating steps 7 through 11 until the room is complete.

If you ever need help getting started with the natural linen paint finish, our friendly and helpful staff of Xpert Advisors are always happy to be of assistance and help you gather all the paint and painting supplies you’ll need to create this amazing texture.

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