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Leather-Look Wood Finish

Get the look of leather with this decorative wood finish. Use it on one of our dowel tables or the DIY furniture project of your choice.

Faux leather-finish round table with black legs

Project Overview

Skill Level


Estimated Time

1 day

Estimated Cost


Tools & Materials


  • 120-grit and 180-grit sandpaper
  • Disposable gloves
  • Plastic shopping bags


  • Valspar spray paint, gray primer and Sun Dried Pepper
  • Minwax wood stains, Black and Dark Walnut

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Before beginning finish work on a dowel table like the one shown, consult the project instructions to find out when you should apply the finish.

Step 1

Before beginning, drill the pine rounds and sand them with 120-grit and then 180-grit sandpaper. Also, sand the dowels smooth.

Good to Know

Avoid sanding the dowels any more than necessary. This keeps them from fitting loosely in the holes of the pine round.

Step 2

Working in a well-ventilated area, apply a coat of spray primer to the pine rounds, let dry, and lightly sand. Then spray two coats of Sun Dried Pepper satin paint to both rounds and let dry.

Step 3

Tape a 1/4-inch section at one end of each dowel, and stain the dowels black.

Step 4

Table with a faux-leather finish

Apply a light coat of Dark Walnut wood stain to one of the painted pine rounds. Wad a plastic bag into a rough ball and dab the wet stain surface to create a texture. Use a fresh bag when the previous one becomes covered with stain. After you achieve the right texture, allow the remaining stain to dry. Repeat for the other pine round.

Good to Know

When working under dry conditions or in a steady breeze, work on small areas at a time to keep the stain from drying too quickly. If the stain dries too fast, immediately remove it using a rag soaked in mineral spirits.

Step 5

Assemble the table.