Are you all as excited as I was to know about this stuff?
Maybe I am just weird and I am the only one who gets a little rush thinking about paint able wallpaper!
First-I am not talking about ugly-1987 wallpaper.
I am talking about fabulous, can't even tell it's wallpaper-wallpaper.
I recently redid my kitchen.
Seriously-what the heck was I thinking waiting 4 years to do this!
Obviously, I was NOT thinking!!
If you want to read about it-click here
I also re-painted my cabinets-curious?
Just in case you are not already thinking that I am a total nut job..
I also spray painted my fridge!
Click here for details!
In my kitchen redo-I had a budget of a whopping...
A ton of money right?
I had one item that saved my whole budget!
Let me introduce you to paint able-bead board wallpaper!
Seriously-It is even more awesome that it sounds!!
this is the link for it on Lowes site.
(call your store and check to see if it's in stock)
The best part is the price for this stuff!
$13.97 for a roll that will cover 56 sq. ft!!
One roll did my entire kitchen!
Thought that I would share how I did it.
Give some tips on what to do and what not do.
I am not a pro. wallpaper-er.
My mom was there to help me.
She wallpapered our whole house in the 80's-so I considered her a pro.
If you have never wall papered in your whole life-
don't be discouraged.
It really was not that hard.
I put some wallpaper in some of my cupboard inserts.
All we did was cut the paper to fit into the inserts.
We used one of these.
A breakaway knife-under $2.00
I highly recommend one of these instead of scissors.
It was extremely easy to cut and trim with.
Plus-it helped that it was small when I was laying on my back on the counters with my head shoved in the corner trying to get the dang back splash done!!
Once you get the piece cut to the size that you need
(this doesn't have to be perfect-you can trim once it is in place.
Just try to get as close to the size you need as possible.)
We stuck it in a Home Depot bucket filled with water.
Now-they have wallpaper trays-I didn't use one of these.
Mainly because I wasn't about to go to Lowes again!!
The bucket worked great for the smaller areas. I used my sink on the larger areas.
Then we stuck it on to the cupboard.
I used one of these to smooth everything out.
HIGHLY recommend that you pick up one of these.
Now this wallpaper is pre-pasted.
and there is a LOT of paste on this.
You want to put a good amount of pressure on the paper once it's in place.
Just to get all of the excess glue.
That is when one of these come in very handy.
I just wiped off the excess glue and then wrung the sponge out in a bucket of water.
Don't have a sponge-a rag works too-just not as effectively.
Once you have it all done and you notice a corner is coming up or something along those lines-
Put a dab of this stuff on it.
Works great. Under $2.
You don't need a ton of this. Just a small dab will work just fine.
(not that I would know this from experience or anything)
Now you are ready to paint the paper or use a glaze.
The paper comes in white.
I didn't like it left alone.
I wanted it to have more dimension and texture.
On my back splash-I added paint.
I painted the entire thing with the green that is in the rest of my house.
I bought a green color to use but I HATED it!
It was a little too tarzany for my taste.
I then tried a mustard color.
Holy Crap-that was even worse!
By this time I am just exhausted and I just want the DANG thing done!
So-I went out to the paint closet in the garage.
(yes-I have a paint closet-really it's an old 1970's retro liquor cabinet with wheels)
And-it is as awesome looking as you are picturing in your head right now.
Two words-tangerine and light turquoise mixed with old brass handles and trim.
I found an old quart of some green color.
Brought it in and loved it.
I didn't realize that it was the same color as all the other green in the house until morning.
I was a little tired!
After it was painted and dry-I wiped on some glaze.
Loved the results!
OK-the glaze is kind of a special treatment that I made up.
At least I think I made it up.
No-I am sure I am not this cool-someone else does this.
Probably this is the way that you are supposed to do it-I just had never used oil based glaze.
A couple of things about the glaze:
use Oil Based-it is so much easier to work with than water based.
You have much more time to achieve the look you are going for.
It doesn't try in 5 seconds like water based-plus-it adds a protection layer to whatever you are painting.
Water based does NOT do this.
You have to buy oil based glaze at specialty paint store.
If you are a local gal and are wondering where to go:
Weber Paint and Glass-in the old Mervyn's parking lot in Ogden.
Pick a good, deep, rich, chocolate color.
I got a quart and will now have enough glaze to do whatever I want for the rest of my life!
While you are at the paint store-get some paint thinner.
Preferable the odorless kind.
You will need this to thin down the glaze.
how to work with this glaze.
I poured some glaze in a paper cup and then added paint thinner until it was pretty thin- about the consistency of milk. I just played with it until I got the amount of color that I wanted.
You will probably have to mess with this by painting and wiping off the glaze on something. I just used a cupboard door-but use whatever. Just make sure that it is painted the color that you are glazing over.
If you are even glazing over anything.
Wipe it on with a brush-then wipe it off with an old t-shirt.
You WILL want to use a rag that is a 100% cotton.
Not sure why-just works better.
Now-play around a little bit here.
Maybe leave the glaze on for a minute then wipe it off.
It just depends on the look that you want.
Don't be afraid to wipe on, wipe off, wipe on, wipe off and then wipe off with straight paint thinner.
I did ALL of these things.
Unfortunately this process involves a bit of trial and error.
But that's the fun of it-right?
Once you have what you want-just get to it.
I glazed over the painted bead board on my backsplash- to get the dimension that I wanted.
On the cupboards and around the bar-I just wiped the glaze directly on to the paper.
Totally up to you.
(Oh ugly-honey-barfy, colored cabinets! I am so glad that you are no longer living in my kitchen!)
So much better!!
We just finished the wall paper off with some cheap trim pieces that we picked up.
We painted the trim the same color as the cabinets-no glaze.
You will probably need a miter saw to get this part done.
Just because you will have to do some corners.
It took my husband 10 mins. to get all of the pieces cut and he
had just learned how to do crown molding that day.
So..not that hard.
(easy for me to say-I wasn't the one cutting)
Some of you may be curious about how we did the back splash.
It was linoleum-white-the same color as my counters.
Turns out the back splash and the counters are all one piece.
We learned this the hard way.
We thought that we were going to have to use tile or granite to cover up.
My husband and dad are both geniuses!
They just joint compounded over the existing back splash to get it as smooth as possible.
It was not perfect!
It didn't matter though-because the wallpaper is textured-you couldn't tell.
We mudded the wall the night before and then sanded the morning of.
We then put a thin coat of primer over where we added the joint compound.
Just to be safe.
It looks fantastic!
You would never be able to tell that there is linoleum under the bead board!
Now-I know that there are some of you out there who say:
"There is no way that this looks like the real stuff."
Well-let me just say, EVERY person that has come to my house-
can not tell that it is wallpaper!
NO ONE CAN TELL!
They even touch it and still ask.
It really looks that good!
This stuff is the bomb.com as my 6 year old says!
It saved us a ton of money!
It turned out even better than we hoped.
If you have any questions that were not answered in this post-feel free to shoot me an email.
Happy to help when I can!
Now that I have this paper-my head is just spinning with all of possibilities that I can make with it!
I found the most fabulous blue gray color:
Sea Haze by Benjamin Moore-2137-50
I LOVE it and I have nothing in my home that is blue!
I am dying to paint!
Then use the wallpaper in there.
I also found some old doorknobs for 25 cents each!
My head is just spinning with the possibilities.
I did Re-do my Family Room!
We LOVE it!
I really need to stop with the makeovers.
Nah-I always need an excuse to hit the thrift!!
We have an office space, that doens not even look like an office space!
I also made some Pottery Barn knockoff shelves-under a $1 a piece!