I just painted my walls with the suede paint and I think it looks great !!! To answer your question about the x's, you can not be perfect with them. you just have to go crazy with them. You have to remember that your x's is your second coat. So make sure your cover the whole wall with your x's. There for you to see the entire base coat. Because second coat is what gives you the look ! I love the way my living room & bed room now look !