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Sunday, August 19, 2012

How-to 'Wallpaper' with Fabric

I am a huge fan of wallpaper; I love the colors, textures, and patterns. I am not a fan of the cost and the removal. There is a better way to achieve the same look, (cue light bulb graphic above my head)--- fabric as wallpaper.

Fabric is more affordable, wider in width, more accessible, includes more options and causes no damage to walls with a semi-gloss or gloss finish.

There are so many ways you can use this process:

  • Walls
  • Doors
  • Below chair railing
  • Tables
  • Dressers
  • Cabinet inlays
  • Artwork
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To start, you'll need:
  • 3/4 cup cornstarch
  • Stove and pot
  • Paint brush
  • Fabric
  • Location to 'wallpaper'
  • Wallpaper brush or foam roller (to smooth ripples)
Create your adhesive by boiling 4 cups of water. Next, in a separate bowl, mix together 3/4 cup of cornstarch and 4 tablespoons together until creamy and smooth.  Combine cornstarch mixture with boiling water, stirring constantly. Remove from heat and allow to cool. 

While your adhesive is cooling, cut your fabric to size and iron smoothly. Your fabric will stretch slightly with the glue so you'll have excess fabric to cut off when dry.  Using your paintbrush, brush the mixture lightly and evenly across your surface. Then lay your fabric onto your surface. Beginning at the top, smooth out any bump or ripple. The glue is very forgiving and will allow for movement.

Let dry for 3 hours and then cut off any excess fabric with a razor knife. 


Sandra Lawrence said...

Can you put this up over existing wallpaper? Will it cause damage to the wallpaper?

Decorella said...

I haven't tried it. I would imagine that it would depend on the sheen like walls. A gloss or semi-gloss will damage less than a flat. Test it in a small area that's not noticable. I'd love to hear if it works.

Divan Beds said...

A DIY wallpaper, super personalize thing for a room. I wanna try those. Thanks for the post.

Anonymous said...

I have stucco walls I want to cover either with wallpaper or fabric. Will fabric stick to stucco walls with your method? Thanks!

Decorella said...

My gut reaction is no. I think the dips and creases of the stucco might look weird underneath the fabric. If you used a sander to flatten your walls it would work then. I know that's a lot of work though.

Anonymous said...

In the instructions you mention mixing 3/4 cup of corn starch with 4 tbsp of... What? I look forward to trying this!

Decorella said...

The 3/4 cup + 4 tablespoons of cornstarch. This makes a very large batch. Good luck, feel free to send pictures of your completed wall.

Anonymous said...

I keep reading how awesome this is, but have hear nothing about actually taking it down. When it comes time to remove it, will it damage the walls? I am worried I will go through all the effort and will end up painting in the end anyway.

Margo said...

Have you tried it with paper? Like old movie posters? Would you recommend the same mixture?

Robert said...

Not to be a nit-pick, but 4 tablespoons is 1/4 cup, so 3/4 cup + 4 tablespoons is just 1 cup.

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Shawnie Schields said...

Great post! I think I'm going to try this on a wall in my Kitchen! I noticed that you posted this 11 months ago, I was wondering if you've had any problems with it falling down since then. Id like to know how long it should stay up. I don't want to have to redo it very often, if ever.


Corryne Sailer said...

I am curious to how durable this alternative is? I have a two year old boy and am wondering if it could withstand him?

Lyberty said...

Please clarify the mixture part: are you mixing starch and cold water before adding it to boiling water? (your comment implies you're adding starch to starch ...)

Anonymous said...

I'm guessing 3/4cup corn starch to 4 tablespoons of cold water. If you add cornstarch directly to boiling water it will just clump up rather than create a paste. Like the lumps that can happen when you make gravy for thanksgiving.

Anonymous said...

Would this work on paneling?

Anonymous said...

Would this work on paneling?

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