self-adhesive wallpaper

January 24, 2014

Channel your inner artist with a simple project that transforms any space.

If you take a look at our recent catalog, you’ll notice we’re stuck on blank white wallpaper. It offers endless opportunities for creativity (on walls, furniture, in frames). Plus, it’s great for renters: a self-adhesive backing makes it removable. To create your own artwork—like the swooping pattern shown here—follow our instructions below.

Supplies:
Pencil and paper
Interior latex paint, as desired
Paint rollers
Paint brush
Paint trays
Japanese calligraphy ink

Instructions:

  1. To get started, use our handy online calculator to determine the number of DIY self-adhesive wallpaper rolls needed.
  2. Apply the peel-stick paper to the surface. Installation should go quickly since the paper is blank—no patterns to line-up. And if you want the wallpaper to be a specific background color, simply coat it with a few coats of latex paint.
  3. To create a design on the paper, sketch your idea on a piece of blank paper with a pencil. Once you’re satisfied, lightly sketch it out on the wall with pencil.
  4. To paint the broad, black lines shown here, we used a 2” wide house painting brush dipped in Japanese calligraphy ink (it’s the perfect consistency and has a really dramatic, rich color). Note: If a specific paint color is preferred for the artwork—or if latex or acrylic paints are chosen—water the paint down to a consistency close to milk to help the brush flow. You also might need to apply two coats.
  5. Create broad black lines by not stopping in the middle of a loop—even if your brush runs out of paint. It’s better to go back and do a second coat to make the lines opaque. The drips shown here were a happy accident, and we added more for dramatic effect.