painted wallpaper {a tutorial}

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 paint it. 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.

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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.

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No, #2 did not help me trace the pattern, he was just my model.

tracing the outline

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}

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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.

painting wallpaper lines

more painting around closet doors

wallpaper edges with pait brush

It takes a long time. But if you try it, just keep going : it is so worth it!

tracing the stencil

lining up the stencil under a window

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Here it is again in it’s ‘after’ state.

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And there you have it.

A project that was simple to do but just took lots of time and a steady hand.

You are welcome to use my template.

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309 Responses to painted wallpaper {a tutorial}

  1. Josh Johnson May 18, 2012 at 8:44 am #

    Thanks so much for sharing this amazing tutorial! I did this project with a “Dusted Plum” as base and “Shimmering Bronze” as stencil color — beautiful, just beautiful! Thanks again for sharing the pattern — I blogged about me working through your tutorial on my site: http://joshjohnson.squarespace.com !

    Thanks again! Many Links provided to your site / tutorial through my blog.

    Josh.

  2. Jenn August 7, 2012 at 5:36 pm #

    This looks amazing! Thanks for the guide and the stencil. I just finished doing my wall in my bathroom and I can’t stop looking at it. I can only imagine how long it took you to do the whole room!

  3. kake7 August 12, 2012 at 1:56 pm #

    WOW. I LOVE this. I really want to try but I am thinking about just doing one wall instead of painting whole walls.
    What do you think???
    Thanks .

  4. Heather August 14, 2012 at 4:34 am #

    I just did this in my bathroom closet and loved it so much and was so sad that you’d barely see it that I painted it on one of the accent walls, lol. THANK YOU for posting this!

  5. Tina August 19, 2012 at 7:11 am #

    I found you through another link but wanted to stop by and tell you I did a version of your stencil on my wall and LOVE it!!! THank you for the freebie!!!

    http://notsoblandlife.blogspot.com/2012/08/come-stencil-with-me.html

  6. Kari August 20, 2012 at 10:20 am #

    Love your blog! Thanks for sharing your template. When I try to print the pattern, the print preview is blank. Do I need to download this in another program to print? Suggestions?

  7. City Girl August 22, 2012 at 6:13 am #

    OMG I love this. I just really wish you caould email me the pattern so I could really do it on my own. LOL I am trying for a Moroccan theme and I would love to do this in my bathroom. Thats so elegant

  8. City Girl August 22, 2012 at 6:17 am #

    Never mind…I found the template. I am soooo doing this project and when i do and post on my blog I will be sure to give you credit for the idea!

  9. Theresa August 27, 2012 at 7:47 am #

    Great tutorial, thanks for sharing!

    I used this pattern on an accent wall in my living room. My wall color was “Drizzle” by Sherwin Williams (a muted teal), and for the Moroccan quatrefoil trellis, I just mixed drizzle and white in a SOLO cup. I used CHALK instead of pencil and had fabulous results (super easy clean up, too!). I also used a level as a precaution.

    Thanks again!!

  10. Tabula Rasa September 20, 2012 at 6:52 am #

    this is the final product, LOVE the wall treatment! hands still aching hahaha :)

    http://erleichdahouse.blogspot.ca/2012/09/phase-i-main-bathd-final.html

  11. Carrie September 24, 2012 at 1:07 pm #

    Do you think if I blew up the stencil to a 16×20, would it appear too big on the wall? BTW…love it!!!

  12. Megan November 7, 2012 at 6:57 am #

    Stunning! What a fantastic tutorial you’ve provided. Megan

  13. Debby January 26, 2013 at 9:19 am #

    This is greatI Thank you! I’m going to try it this weekend!

  14. Patricia Krank February 2, 2013 at 9:32 am #

    I’m going to try this in my sitting room. Wish me luck! Patti

  15. Lisa Marie MacDonald February 6, 2013 at 4:14 pm #

    Thank you so much for the quatrefoil template – I used it to create some artwork for my bedroom :) Much-o appreciated!!

    http://creativelment.wordpress.com/2013/02/06/diy-quatrefoil-art-project/

  16. lynnette February 10, 2013 at 8:40 pm #

    that is amazing! how beautiful. i don’t think i would have the patience for that. i am considering a similar design, but it would have to be a stencil.

  17. Carolann March 6, 2013 at 9:21 am #

    After reading about your painted wallpaper- I think that perhaps you should be nominated “Princess patience”!

  18. Jan April 7, 2013 at 9:08 pm #

    I did this and my one wall in my dining room (above the wainscotting). Took about 10 hours. And I thought I was going as fast as I could while still doing a good job. Your office must have taken forever!!!

    Thanks for the template and inspiration! I tagged you Instagram so you’d hopefully see my finished project. :)

    • emily April 8, 2013 at 8:56 am #

      Nicely done! I couldn’t see the full image because your ig account is private, but from the teensy thumbnail, it looks great!

  19. The Fashionable Housewife May 14, 2013 at 9:55 am #

    I printed your template and followed your directions to do my accent wall in my living room!

    Here it is: http://instagram.com/p/ZQFu9CmgPd/

    It took me 2 coats of the base paint, 2 hours to stencil and 12 hours to paint it in. Took me all day but I love it!

    • emily May 14, 2013 at 7:43 pm #

      It looks amazing!

  20. Valesha July 5, 2013 at 11:56 am #

    I used your tutorial and template to create the wall in my bedroom a couple of years ago and it’s still my favorite thing in my house! Thought I’d share. :)

    http://www.roomzaar.com/rate-my-space/Bedrooms/My-Fabulous-Hand-Painted-Wall/detail.esi?oid=25344001

  21. Teresa July 26, 2013 at 11:43 pm #

    What is the specific brand and size of your paint brush? I LOVE this idea and I’m planning on slowly redecorating my room and I want to do this on one of my walls but I like things the exact way I see them and I was wondering what’s the size and name of the brush.

    • emily July 27, 2013 at 9:51 am #

      I just grabbed a brush from my kids’ craft stuff. It is a flat edge and about 1/4 wide. Hope this helps!

  22. Lauren July 27, 2013 at 10:06 am #

    Just curious how you made sure the pencil marks didn’t show? I am interesting in using this design, but after my hubby “surprised” me by finally painting stripes in our daughter’s room I was horrified to find dark pencil marks that would not come off with eraser or in some cases showed through the paint. I have been leery of stenciling since.

    • emily July 27, 2013 at 10:46 am #

      There are faint pencil lines on the wall, but they are hardly noticeable. Just be sure you trace lightly. You could also use chalk for a wipe-off-able option.

  23. Jane August 5, 2013 at 6:16 pm #

    This is so nice! I can’t wait to paint my own. when searching for more inspiration, I found this cute shop Wonder Wall Decal, they have this pattern precut. It’s the easier way out for those who have shaky hands! : )

  24. deb August 27, 2013 at 3:35 pm #

    I think this is beautiful, but I would make a stencil and save lots of time!

  25. Leanne September 2, 2013 at 7:27 pm #

    I don’t have the most steady hand so I didn’t think I could pull it off… But I did! And I love it, thank you for the template and tutorial. Saved me money on buying those expensive stencils I’ve been browsing through online and so worth the seven hours I put into it!

    Here it is ….http://instagram.com/p/dx-B05yH6y/

  26. Patricia Krank September 4, 2013 at 9:04 am #

    Here is a link to my site showing your hand painted wallpaper http://www.oldthingsnewblog.com/2013/05/hand-painted-wallpaper.html
    I absolutely love. Wouldn’t this make a lovely background for my blog wallpaper? I’m searching! Thanks for the tutorial.
    Patti

  27. Lauren September 8, 2013 at 9:17 pm #

    I’m still working on my bedroom because I ran out of paint (I was using some left over I had lying around). Thank you so much though! It totally made the room http://instagram.com/p/eBabbBO2WG/

  28. Diana November 16, 2013 at 9:43 pm #

    Oh! I LOVE this!!! I want to do this to a small wall in my bathroom… What is the dimensions of the template?

  29. ออกแบบ November 18, 2013 at 9:39 pm #

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  30. Tashnuva Masud January 9, 2014 at 10:58 pm #

    Hi Emily,

    Your tutorial is amazing!
    I just finished my Powder Room wall following your instructions. Here is the link for you to have a look.
    http://tinyurl.com/mj8lds5
    Thanks

  31. Kristy March 4, 2014 at 10:23 pm #

    Finished my painted wallpaper…one month later :) love it!

    • emily March 5, 2014 at 11:47 am #

      Yea!!! Hope you love it.

  32. Gloria Elswood March 28, 2014 at 4:32 pm #

    Love this. I was going to wallpaper but couldn’t afford it and then I found your blog. Could you email the template to me? I tried to find it in the tutorial things you had and can’t find it. I am 70 and kind of bad at the computer. Thanks you again it is beautiful.

  33. Ann Greene June 12, 2014 at 8:02 am #

    I just saw this pin today. I thought it was a lot of work until I came to your site. It WAS a lot of WORK. I just assumed it was a stencil that was pounced. You did an awesome job as did your four year old. You must have been painting for weeks. It’s beautiful.

  34. Judy July 21, 2014 at 9:26 pm #

    You are an artist….you made this look easy…keep on creating!

  35. Laura August 5, 2014 at 5:31 pm #

    I love how you did this. I tried to get the template but it is not showing up in the archive? Am I looking in the wrong place or is it no longer available? if it is available could you email me and link me to where I can get it? I am wanting to do a wall in the kitchen like this. Thanks so much.

  36. MIchelle August 17, 2014 at 12:20 pm #

    I absolutely love your work! I was inspired to paint a small hallway with your template (I forgot to connect the pattern but still love how it turned out). Thank you for the inspiration! Michelle

  37. Latisha April 22, 2012 at 11:19 am #

    Thanks for the fantastic tutorial! I was wondering if you cold tell me what color your wall was painted? That looks like it would be a great color for my foyer!

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