i did a denim look for a baby room, and used a wide brush used for smoothing wallpaper. i think that's what it was. it was so cheap! like $2. way cheaper than the ralph lauren tools. worked well. i also did the seamed look on the panels. i just used a fine paint pen. no need to buy the stencil they recommend. at first i had trouble getting the brush marks to show, but i needed more glaze mixed with the paint. that did the job. we also picked our own colors from a cheaper line of paint. no problems there either.