I am sorry you had such a hard time with the paint. I have done many faux finishes and loved doing the suede. I found that you just have to be brave and not hold back when doing the finial process. The XX's are made to be random and I found going over them while the paint was still somewhat wet and workable. Do not over work them but make may swipes. My entry way looks as if I have hung suede on the wall. Faux painting can be a liberating experience.