So, I thought, since I've covered every other way to make your walls interesting, I should touch on this option as well. I am actually contemplating undertaking this project. What's crazy is, I haven't really found a great "finished" picture of anyone who has tried an entire room with this idea. But, I did come across this (shown above) where a one wall of a closet was done...hmmmm. Better than nothing.
So, after seeing that it can be done, I found a few fabrics that I wouldn't mind doing it with. Observe...
They would require a good deal of patience I fear, when it comes to matching the pattern up. As you can see, I adopt a kind of "go bold, or go home" approach to fabric as wallpaper. I figure hey, this is totally not permanent, so I have the option of having a little fun with it. Right...here are some brighter options...
I'm super diggin' the floral (above) and PP's Togo (below,left.) I think the floral one would be fabulous...but, the hubby might not completely agree with me on that one. Of course, if I go the Togo one, my husband might tease me about having a dead Dalmatian on the wall, like he did with this epic fail of a project I attempted in our old bathroom.
A little Chinoisorie anyone? Or, how 'bout some Ikat? Maybe a trellis print is more your speed.
BUT, if I had to choose right now, and I was going to do it for sure...I would choose this one below...
As you can see the print is huuuuuge. It has been my favorite fabric for a very long time and I have been waiting for just the right place to use it. It will be somewhere in the apartment. Where, is still to be determined.
So, if you are feeling brave enough, I found the instructions for undertaking this project. Who knows, I might just buck up and try it myself.
Things You'll Need:
- Measure the height of the wall, using a measuring tape. Add 3 inches to this measurement. This will be the length of the fabric panels you cut.
- Cut lengths of thin fabric to the correct length, using scissors. The number of panels you'll cut depends on the width of your walls and how many walls you want to cover. Remove the selvages, or tightly woven side edges, from all panels.
- Remove dirt or film from the walls with a sponge and gentle wall cleaner. Rinse the wall with clear water until all traces of cleaner are removed.
- Pour starch into the paint pan until it is about half full. Use the roller to put starch on the wall at one corner where you will start to cover it. Roll starch on the top half of the wall. Add a generous amount of starch so that it will soak into the fabric.
- Place a fabric panel on the wall, leaving 1 1/2 inch hanging above the wall top as overlap, to be cut off later. Smooth the fabric with the roller to remove bubbles. Place a row of pushpins at the top of the fabric to help hold it in place.
- Apply a layer of starch on top of the fabric, using the roller. Use a generous amount so the fabric is completely saturated.
- Add more starch to the wall farther down and attach more of the panel to the wall. Smooth the fabric, then add more starch on top of the fabric. Continue in this manner until the entire panel is attached to the wall and soaked with starch liquid.
- Apply starch to the wall next to the first panel to attach the second one. Stick this panel to the wall in the same way as the first. Continue adding fabric panel until your wall or room is covered.
- Trim the excess fabric from the top and bottom of the wall with scissors after the fabric has completely dried.