Painted “Wallpaper”


We are redecorating our 1st floor bathroom, and one project for the space, that I am totally in love with, is this painted “wallpaper”. I wanted the look of a pretty accent wall without the cost or commitment. All it took was some paint, time and a steady hand.

The original design for this, came from a tutorial I found, on a blog called Nanny Goat. She had a template link, which I downloaded. The print out wasn’t exactly symmetrical, and I am super finnicky about that stuff, so I just redrew it on my computer. You can download my file HERE. Important: when I printed out my template file, I printed it at 200% scale. You will have to tile it together if you don’t have a large scale printer.

Once I printed and tiled my paper template, I used this to make a cardboard version out of a big box we had in the garage. Trace it onto the cardboard and cut using x-acto knife.

Once it’s all carefully cut out, draw a line horizontally middle and vertically middle. Where they meet will be your center point. This spot is important. It is where you will attach a level bubble thingy (not sure exactly what it’s called. You can find these at your hardware store, and I just attached it using mounting tape. Having this level bubble will take the guessing out of making the design nice and straight.

So now you are ready to start applying to the wall. I used white chalk as apposed to a pencil because it just wipes right off with a damp cloth or paper towel. This is important at the end. You don’t want to see little pencil marks everywhere, and you don’t want to see eraser marks either. Make sure you sharpen your chalk sticks to get nice clean lines. Go ahead and buy a small box of chalk because you will need it. The sharpening of chalk will unfortunately waste a lot of chalk. I think I went through about 5 or 6 sticks of chalk and I had a fairly small wall.

I started at the top right corner of my wall and drew one shape not super close to the edge because walls are not always exactly straight and you will need some fudge space. Now you could probably skip this step, but I drew a line all the way down the wall with a large level at vertical middle of that first shape I made, just to ensure I was starting off straight.

From there it’s pretty simple just trace, trace and trace some more. Use your paper template to get the half and partial shapes at the edges and corners, as it is flexible.

Once you have your design chalked on, start painting. Pick a squarish brush that is the width of your desired lines and be sure you are painting on the INSIDE of your shape.  You need a steady hand and once you get into a rhythm it goes pretty fast.

If you like my colors, I got my paint at Lowes. The base color is Valspar Lyndhurst Timber 2007-9C in satin. The motif is Sherwin Williams Straw Tote HGSW3096 in a high gloss. You will only need a small can of this.

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