painted wallpaper how-to & share your project

Painting ‘wallpaper’ in my office has been one of the most ambitious projects I’ve done : but it totally paid off. Even after eight months, I still love it. And I’m pretty fickle, so that says a lot.

painted wallpaper wall

I know many of you have done your own versions and I’m so excited to see what you’ve accomplished. At the end of the post, you can link to your blog to share.

If you are thinking about painting the wallpaper pattern, you can read the first tutorial {HERE}. I’ve updated the template, which you can also find at the end of this post.

One question that I get from time to time is “how do you create the double lines?”. So here is a mini-tutorial on how it was done. For ease, I did this on our large chalkboard with a chalk pen, so just pretend that it is a wall, I am tracing with a pencil, and that I am using a paintbrush and paint to fill it in.

First, cut out your pattern.


Next, start at the top of your wall {or chalkboard, in my case} and trace around the pattern.


To get the double line, move the template down and space it out about 1/2 inch from the first.


When you trace it, it will look like this:


Keep going :


: and you’ll eventually cover your surface.


When you are ready to paint, use a 1/4 inch flat artists’ brush and paint along the inside of each shape.



Here is how it looked when I really did it.


If you look closely, you’ll notice some pencil lines. I suppose I could have erased them when the paint was dry, but they don’t bother me.  The finished walls are not perfect, but they are interesting and add subtle pattern and they make me smile.

finished wall

If you’d like to give it a try, you can download the template below.



Now, if you’ve done your own painted wallpaper, please share you project!

share your project

. instructions .

1. link directly to your post {not just your blog}

2. add the ‘share your project’ link button to your post {copy & paste}

Enjoy clicking around for lots of painted wallpaper inspiration!

63 Responses to painted wallpaper how-to & share your project

  1. Laura Kelsey September 8, 2015 at 2:29 pm #

    I have been follosingyour blog for many, MANY years. I think well before this post came out. 4 years ago I painted my daughters room with this stencil because I loved it so much, and we are moving again and I had to come back and print out the stencil again because it is faubulous!

    Thank you SO much for posting this.

  2. Maddie Daetwyler August 7, 2013 at 6:02 am #

    Thank you for this great idea and perfect stencil! I just discovered it, and it has transformed my kitchen.


    Thanks again!

  3. Joanna Hyatt May 9, 2013 at 11:54 am #

    This is amazing! I’m decorating our nursery for our first little one and this is going to look stunning. What a great way to give some pop to a small space with minimal cost. Thank you!!

  4. Terri December 31, 2012 at 2:52 pm #

    Thank you for sharing in such detail and especially how to get the double lines..it is so helpful as a client loved this look and asked me to acheive it in her home.
    Appreciate it!

  5. DC December 14, 2012 at 1:31 pm #

    When looking to redesign my bedroom, I got and idea from a design that I saw on a television show and tried to find that wall paper. Lo and behold, I was searching the “rate my space” site for room ideas and came across your website. The blogs are really light and funny and then I see…what could it be, but the same design of wallpaper from the TV show!!! You are awesome! I am excited and have a renewed sense of urgency to get that darned room painted…LIKE yesterday. But it seems this design is going to take a few. I look forward to posting before and after pics myself!!

  6. Amy November 24, 2012 at 12:02 pm #

    Hey! Thank you so much for posting this. I’ve started this project in my bathroom and it looks great. My wall looks like a rainbow though because I can’t decide on a color to use. Any suggestions on how you landed with white?


  7. Lindsay November 14, 2012 at 3:50 pm #

    I just want to say, this looks amazing!! And thank you for posting the template and instruction, huge help! I am recruiting my mom to come help me tackle this in my family room this week. Will post pics when it’s done. Thanks again!

  8. Debbie October 9, 2012 at 10:59 am #

    Now it makes sense! Thanks for the repost on the double lines.

  9. Anja September 4, 2012 at 2:11 am #

    Aaaargh! I just thought I was done for this year – after finishing our basement bar, I didn’t have any new big projects in mind. And now I see this! It makes me want to start on my walk- in closet and I soooo don’t have time for it! ;-)
    No, seriously, this is really great! Thanks for sharing!

  10. Whitney August 1, 2012 at 9:07 am #

    I totally love the wall color base.. what color and manufacturer is it?

  11. Cindy July 4, 2012 at 4:46 pm #

    You are such a lifesaver!! I have had this project in my head for weeks but have been unable to figure out how to do it on my own. Now I have your template, tutorial and some great pics of yours and your readers’ projects and have no doubt it will come out terrific! I’ll send along a photo when I’m done.

  12. Shannon @ Polish and Sugar June 29, 2012 at 3:43 pm #

    I finally got the courage to try this! Thanks for providing a stencil to use ;)


  13. donna June 28, 2012 at 7:11 pm #

    what color are your walls! looks great!

  14. Renee June 12, 2012 at 4:06 am #

    What size/type of paint brush did you use?

  15. Tabula Rasa June 4, 2012 at 1:59 pm #


    Just finished today… and loved the meditative quality of this project ;) Can’t wait to see what it looks like with the final decor touches in my Bathroom!

    Another trick to hide the pencil lines (of not using the same-colour-as-the-lines trick, I rolled over them with a coat of paint (same as base wall colour) to lighten them up.

  16. Linda May 15, 2012 at 4:13 pm #

    Love what you did! Thanks for sharing your template. I plan to use it in my daughter’s bedroom. She likes the Moroccan look and I’m going to surprise her by repainting one wall in her bedroom while while she is away for a few weeks this summer. Hope to share pictures later.

  17. Alison April 23, 2012 at 7:02 pm #

    Thank you! I think I’ll give this a try in my soon-to-be daughters nursery:) I may just try it on one wall as an accent. We’ll see:) Thanks!!!!

  18. Lauren February 24, 2012 at 5:49 pm #

    Thank you so much for this inspiration. I am currently in the middle of doing this in my office. Did you recommend multiple coats of the white? I sort of think my walls might need it but I am having a hard time convincing myself to do it 2x.

  19. Monique February 16, 2012 at 1:56 pm #

    I have been looking around for a stencil because I am too much of a chicken to put up wallpaper. I tweaked your stencil (made it about 25% smaller and adjusted some of the lines/ curves) and now I have a stencil that is very similar to one I almost purchased at cutting edge stencils. I can’t wait to use this!

  20. Shawn February 2, 2012 at 5:08 pm #

    I was so impressed with this when I saw it that I just had to try it myself. It is hard!!!!! I am even more impressed now.

    I tried to do it as a backsplash and am having a hard time painting nice even lines at an awkward angle (leaning over the counter). Also my pencil lines really show.

    You are one talented lady!

  21. Briony January 3, 2012 at 12:57 pm #

    I plan on doing this in my nursery. Did you blow your template up at all or use the size you provided? Also, what paint brand and colors did you use? I am excited to see the finished product – thank you for sharing!

  22. Amy @ A New Old House December 9, 2011 at 1:41 pm #

    Love your blog, lots of inspiring stuff!
    Here’s my version of the painted wallpaper…

    It was a VERY small wall, but figured that it’s a good place for my first time doing something like this. Thanks for the tutorial!

  23. Madara December 2, 2011 at 7:58 am #

    Have been thinking about doing this for 2 months since I saw your post http://chezmadam.blogspot.com/2011/12/akcenta-siena-gulamistaba-apgleznota-ar.html. Now this tutorial has travelled all the way to Latvia in my blog. Thanks so much for this I really enjoyed all the work.

  24. Tessa October 6, 2011 at 6:24 pm #

    We just bought a house and completely remolded the living room. I wanted wall paper but of coarse soon realized the price and decided to go with stencil. Yours was the first i saw and was in love. I did the single lines, a sandy brown over sea foam green/aqua (not quite sure). I painted a few of them white just to make it interesting. I only did one wall because the opposing wall is the sandy brown. I am very happy and proud of myself. Thank you so much.

  25. karen September 26, 2011 at 9:01 pm #

    Do you think it will work the opposite way? I have a white-ish wall and a ton of tan-ish, blue, light green, yellow, and I wanted to do the stencil lines painted in a color on one of my kitchen walls… Maybe the white wal with the stencil lines being light green (which is one of the three that would match)… So hopefully it will look good yeah?

    Oh, by the way, I love your website.. :)

  26. chinamommy September 20, 2011 at 1:09 pm #

    Just now starting this on my master bedroom wall… WALL, not walls :) Robin egg blue walls with silver design! I’ll post pictures on my blog and come back and tell you when it’s done…. around Christmas!

  27. Christy September 19, 2011 at 1:33 pm #

    LOVE it! Thanks for posting the detailed tutorial–I needed it. :)

    I did my entire laundry room, which is small, but it still seemed to take forever. It was so worth it, though–it looks a thousand times better now!
    Here’s the direct link:

  28. Deborah September 17, 2011 at 5:03 pm #


  29. Tricia September 8, 2011 at 8:24 pm #

    Love this look! I’ve actually used the stencil to paint a rug. I painted the entire inside one color and then went back and used a different color to paint the thin spaces left. Turned out so good:) Thanks so much for the stencil!!

  30. Lauren August 30, 2011 at 4:07 pm #

    I planned on using your template to do my dining room wall. I wanted to use a metallic acrylic paint. I tested the paint on a piece of cardboard. It looked kinda streaky. Do you recommend a different brush/sponge. Or, do you think it’s the acrylic paint that makes it look like that? Thanks

  31. Michelle June 27, 2011 at 9:49 am #

    I wonder if I could make a stamp out of this stencil? My room is very big so there is no way I could undertake this project working full time with a 16 month old at home. Plus I don’t trust my ability to paint within the lines. But I would be willing to make a stamp and stamp away!

  32. Maria Lucas June 15, 2011 at 11:02 am #

    i want to do this in my daughter’s room but we have textured walls. i can’t quite tell from your photos but does this process require flat drywall or do you think it would take on texture?

  33. Heather West June 8, 2011 at 12:47 pm #

    I did this on one of the walls in my living room and I LOVE how it turned out! I did mine very high contrast with a dark blue and a light gray and I love, love, LOVE it!


  34. Julie May 11, 2011 at 5:45 pm #

    This has been on my “to do” list since you originally posted it. I did “get” the double line part based on your first post, but it’s even more helpful to see it laid out like you did on the chalkboard (great idea!). Thanks for giving such detailed instructions and even providing the template. Everything you create is so amazing. You are very creative and talented!

  35. Liz@PeaceofHome May 4, 2011 at 6:42 am #

    it’s been on my to-do-list for a while! and I am finally getting around to it! thanks so much for the free stencil – can’t wait to get started!!

  36. Tatum April 17, 2011 at 11:49 am #

    Thanks for hosting this! I followed your tutorial a while ago, but you didn’t have the double line part on there or I missed it , so I free handed it lol. But hey, thanks for this post! It will be really helpful going forward.

    Have a great day!

  37. Midwest Magnolia - Melissa Lewis April 13, 2011 at 8:02 pm #

    LOVE it, so gorgeous!!!

  38. Melanie - lovingthemaking.blogspot.com April 13, 2011 at 10:42 am #

    Thanks so much for posting this! Great tutorial and thanks for letting us who have tried it showcase on your amazing website. I hope you continue to do more of this :)

  39. Kori@midesignmoxie April 12, 2011 at 7:51 pm #

    I wish I had the patience to stencil a wallpaper wall in my office. I love how it turned out but I am not a patient girl. It is so gorgeous, I would still love it for years and years and years as well!

  40. Shelley April 12, 2011 at 7:23 pm #

    Just wanted to let you know I have a blog crush on you!!! Let me explain. I was just over at Vintage Revivals where she was hosting a Blog Crush Link Party, and I added you :D You always inspire me and when I see a new post of yours in my email I get all giddy. Yep, definitely a crush, ha!

    Here’s the link if you’d like to check it out – http://vintagerevivals.blogspot.com/2011/04/who-is-your-blog-crush-linky-fiesta.html?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed:%20VintageRevivals%20(Vintage%20Revivals)


  41. Janell Beals April 12, 2011 at 1:49 pm #

    Adore your project, just stunning. No wonder it has stood the test of some time!! :)

  42. Madaline Meatte April 12, 2011 at 12:56 pm #

    OMG, I need to paint the wall I’m going to real quick so I can add it!!! The pressure is on!

  43. Lisa April 12, 2011 at 10:07 am #

    Emily, THANK YOU for sharing that template! I did an accent wall in my foyer last fall and love it every day!

  44. Jill Leaming April 12, 2011 at 8:18 am #

    I am so glad that you posted this. I have been thinking about doing it for a while and have been a little nervous. So it is nice to have more pointers :) Do you happen to remember the color of the paint that you used for the beigeish color of your wall? I really love it

  45. Karen April 11, 2011 at 10:24 pm #

    Looks fantastic – as I was walking home this evening, I just realized this would be the perfect inside background on an old secretary cabinet I’m painting. Looking forward to trying it, but it may take a while to show you pictures!
    On another note, I’ve been looking everywhere for chalk pens but they don’t seem to sell them where I live (I’m a rural Canadian). Can you tell me where you get yours? Maybe I can find some next time I travel south. Thanks.

  46. Sandra April 11, 2011 at 5:45 pm #

    I laughed when I saw your link party as I’m almost finished the hallway to our boys rooms. What good timing! I’ve done the top of the wall using your stencil and the bottom part of the wall doing board and batten (well, the batten bit anyway!) I’m up to filling the gaps then can paint the battens, then I’m all done. I’ll link up once it’s finished!

  47. Kacey @ Shes.No.Martha April 11, 2011 at 4:43 pm #

    I still love this and long to do it…just not sure how much wine it will take to get up the nerve to do it!! Question for you…now that you have this gorgeous wall, how do you hang things? Only with Command Strips?

    Please, tell me what it takes to get started!!!

  48. molly April 11, 2011 at 4:22 pm #

    so pretty!

  49. landeelu April 11, 2011 at 2:11 pm #

    I’m so glad you’re doing this link party! I’ve been wanting to show you how you inspired my entry way but wasn’t really sure how to go about it. Thanks so much for the fab idea and template!

  50. jami nato April 11, 2011 at 11:50 am #

    oh my word, i’m sorry…i thought this was for any room project…totally did not read the instructions. you can totally remove my link if you want. blame it on the pregnancy??

  51. Allison April 11, 2011 at 10:04 am #

    I LOVED doing this project! It took a ton of time but was SO worth it! Check mine out here: http://www.allisonmariephotographyblog.com/new-office-revealed/

    • Teresa June 18, 2011 at 10:26 pm #

      i love that you did it as an accent wall, that’s how i wanted to do mine but i wasn’t sure how it would look thanks for the pic! sorry for my spelling it is late :D

  52. Mallory April 11, 2011 at 8:37 am #

    How ironic that you did a post on this today! Over the weekend I decided that I am going to try this in my bedroom. I stared at your tutorial for-ever trying to figure out how it works…and today you totally cleared it all up for me! THANK YOU! :)

  53. Meg April 11, 2011 at 8:20 am #

    Thanks for the painted wall paper inspiration and the link-up!

    I did and I loved it and I would do it again!

  54. Kelly April 11, 2011 at 7:28 am #

    oh PS I’m also super inspired by your chalkboard wall and that’s coming soon!

  55. Ariel Fishel April 11, 2011 at 7:27 am #

    Love this! I haven’t done anything like this before, but this sure is making me want to!

  56. Kelly April 11, 2011 at 7:26 am #

    I was inspired by your and decided to do a stencil on my kitchen floor:


    and this is my tutorial: http://backtodomestics.blogspot.com/2011/03/diy-painted-subfloor.html

    LOVE it. So fun to have some pattern!! :)

  57. cailan April 11, 2011 at 6:50 am #

    I haven’t done anything like it…yet. But it’s absolutely wonderful inspiration.

  58. jami nato April 11, 2011 at 6:39 am #

    thanks for the template…maybe i’ll try this on a small wall?

  59. Bonnie April 11, 2011 at 6:29 am #

    you did this by hand and not a stencil??? I am so impressed. You are better than michelangelo… I’m sure he didn’t have your patience!

  60. Cheryl Kanenwisher April 11, 2011 at 5:55 am #

    Gorgeous! How long did that take you?

  61. Amanda April 11, 2011 at 4:44 am #

    I used your pattern to paint my office walls. Took many, many naps to complete :) I wasn’t able to figure out how you did the double lines at the time so mine has the single line but I love it. I don’t have a blog to link up to show you the pictures but it turned out fabulous! Thanks for the inspiration!

  62. Alaina April 11, 2011 at 3:34 am #

    I like how you took a project that looked so hard and made it so simple. I will give you a trick I was taught in regards to the pencil lines. Use a pencil with the color similar to the color of the paint, there is less chance of seeing the pencil line.

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