Can I put fabric on walls?
Instead of traditional wallpaper, use a favourite fabric to add texture and pattern to your walls. It's also a great way to cover up imperfect walls.
You will need:
Bucket and water for mixing paste
Tape measure, pencil and notepad
Putty knife or paint scraper
1. Use tape measure to determine height and width of space for fabric. Jot measurements down for reference.
2. Bring swatches of assorted backed fabrics home from fabric store and tape up on wall using masking tape. In order for fabric to adhere to wall, it must have fabric or acrylic backing. After a few days, decide which fabric works best in space. Keep in mind patterns with large repeats will require more fabric, therefore will be more expensive. Smaller prints or textured fabrics require less, but might not have the same impact.
3. Sand the walls with if there are any bumps. Fill nail and screw holes with crack filler using a spackle knife. Once dry, lightly sand residue, then wipe with damp rag.
4. Roll fabric out on long, flat surface.
Refer to dimensions, and use tape measure and pencil to mark height on fabric. Allow 10 centimetres extra to account for waste, then cut using fabric scissors.
5. Dip a large wallpaper brush in bucket of paste, and spread paste on wall starting from the top down.
Make sure not to miss out any spots - the entire wall should be thoroughly covered with wallpaper paste.
6. Hold each strip of fabric up to wall allowing overlap to match up the repeat. Press against glue, and smooth out air bubbles with smoothing tool.
7. Use a sharp utility knife to cut excess from corners and around outlet holes.
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