Rabu, 29 September 2010


painted wallpaper {a tutorial}

August 5, 2010 | 97 Comments
When I first took over the front office, I knew I wanted to make it a lighter, more inspiring room to be in.  I thought about painting stripes because I really do love them, but I already have some thick ones painted in the boys’ room. Then I thought wallpaper would be nice. But here’s the thing about wallpaper: 1. I always like the most expensive one and 2. putting it up is a pain {although now that I think about it, it would probably be easier to hang wallpaper than to paintit. Oh well.}
So I decided that instead of looking for bargain wallpaper, I could just make my own.   I really like these curtains from Ballard Designs and decided to take the pattern as my inspiration.
Here are the steps:
1. Create a template {or download mine at the end of the post}
2. Trace the design onto the wall. Over and over again. Now it makes a lot of sense to use a level to make sure you are not drawing diagonally down the wall, but I didn’t go to such effort. I think I have a pretty good sense of straight {if that makes sense} so I was able to eyeball it.
No, Brady did not help me trace the pattern, he was just my model.
Check out those sweet grubby little four-year-old fingernails.
There were sections where the pattern got a little wonky, so I just improvised and figured once the entire pattern was up, you wouldn’t notice little imperfections.  The one thing I did try to do was to keep the pattern equal along the top & bottom of the wall {see photo}
3. Paint over the lines {I painted along the inside of the line}.  I used a small paint brush that was the width that I wanted the lines to be and white latex paint we had leftover from the kitchen.
It takes a long time. But if you try it, just keep going … it is so worth it!
Here it is again in it’s ‘after’ state.
And there you have it.
A project that was simple to do but just took lots of time and a steady hand.
To download the template that I used, click here.
If you try this out, please send me a photo … I’d love to see what you come up with!

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