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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. 


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