Hey you! It has been a minute since I have sat down and delivered a blog post, but I am happy to be back at it! If you follow me on Instagram, then you probably know we have relocated back to Michigan, and I have been on a mission to make our 1930's Colonial "our" home. And like many of you, going on month two of quarantine has my head spinning. I am constantly throwing ideas around in my head of what we can or should do in each room of our house but am often left feeling defeated because well, money.
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As many of you are aware, wallpaper has made a huge comeback since the 90's and is such an awesome way to make a bold statement in a space, but it can be e-x-p-e-n-s-i-v-e! Not only is it pricey, but I for one am not ready to attempt installing said wallpaper unless it is on a straight, blank, windowless wall and then maybe, just maybeee I will think about it.
Although I may not be up for installing the paper myself, I am constantly looking at different patterns and ideas because I just love the impact it makes. Luckily being on lockdown got my creative juices flowing and I thought to myself, "I could just paint that". So that's what I did. I hand painted faux wallpaper onto our tiny bathroom walls. The entire process took me about 2.5 hours to do and get this- I did it for under THREE dollars. Take that, wallpaper.
(all source and paint colors listed at the end of this post.)
What I used:
If you are thinking to yourself, "This sounds super intimidating." then well, you are right. It SOUNDS super intimidating but I promise you it is easier than it looks. First things first, you need to practice the design you are going to do. I drew out a couple of ideas with a sharpie on a piece of paper, and then used a big piece of cardboard to practice on with the foam paint brush. That's it. 5 minutes later I took the brush to the wall and winged it. I wasn't scared because I knew if I hated it that it was JUST PAINT after all, and if worse came to worst I could always paint back over it. I will admit, I did about 2 rows of the design and didn't like how the lines turned out so I hurriedly grabbed a baby wipe and wiped the paint away. I ended up using many baby wipes throughout the process when I didn't like how the technique turned out, and I found it very reassuring knowing that was an option.
By the way, I am totally kicking myself for not videotaping or documenting the actual process of this! My impulsivity was on overdrive and I was thinking way too far ahead but I PROMISE that there will be photo or video proof next time!
The design I chose here is pretty self explanatory but I will tell you what tips I have and what worked for me...
That's it! Use your imagination and remember it's just paint. I cannot tell you how many people thought this was actual wallpaper in our bathroom and when I tell them that I hand painted it they were left speechless. The first thing I always say? "It was easier than it looks!". Oh, and "It was less than $3 to create!". Have fun and if this inspires you to create your own faux wallpaper, please be sure to share with me. I am already thinking of my next wall to tackle. Happy painting, friends!
Original paint color: Benjamin Moore "Classic Grey"
Unfortunately I do not know the exact name of the accent paint I used on the walls & shelf but it is VERY similar to Benjamin Moore's "Dark Teal" or "Deep Sea Green".
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