I have been SO excited to try this wall treatment. Fabric can be hung on a wall using starch. It’s great for people like me who are afraid to commit to wallpaper. This (faux) wallpaper is easy to remove – you just peel it off when you get tired of it. I ordered my fabric (Premier Prints Suzani Blend Oatmeal/Cloud) and painted my half bath in preparation for the new wall.
I used a small sponge roller, a small paint tray, Liquid starch, and a knife. I found that this rotary cutter wasn’t the best choice, and I ended up using my X-Acto knife.
I tacked up my fabric with small nails and decided to measure this way rather than using a ruler and risking a mistake…
I left several inches on the bottom – which I thought would be more than enough. Learn from my mistake and add an extra six inches to the length. Trust me.
I laid out my gigantic piece of fabric on my tile and rolled starch on the back. This process makes a mess, and the liquid starch got my floors really sticky. (But, it is really easy to wash away – I used Mr. Clean and the starch cleaned up quickly.)
This is where the craziness began. That fabric was huge and heavy – and now being soaked in liquid starch it was CRAZY heavy. My husband wasn’t home, and I’m not sure why I tried to attempt this project alone. DO NOT TRY TO HANG THE FABRIC YOURSELF. It’s. A. Disaster. I was sweating, frustrated and just a hot mess. I yelled for my kids to help, but they were useless. Somehow a half-hour into it (maybe 45 minutes?), I managed to successfully tack the fabric back on the wall. This was so difficult because you have to line up the fabric to the ceiling and along the side of the wall. However, I did this. Successfully! Or so I thought…
I realized the wet starch had shrunk my fabric. A LOT. Bummer. My fabric was several inches short and wide. So close, yet SO far away. I wanted to cry.
I was not in the right frame of mind (after the craziness of hanging a heavy piece of wet fabric alone). I really was afraid that a heavy piece of fabric was going to come falling down on me, so I rolled more liquid starch over top. In hindsight, this was probably overkill and you can skip this step.
I then went to work piecing the fabric so it covered the entire wall. This wasn’t too hard. The smaller pieces were so much easier to work with. The difficult part was finding the right piece of fabric to match the pattern.
I went through and cleaned it up by cutting off the extra along the edges. Yes, I cut myself (note the bandaid) in the process. This really wasn’t my night, but I was determined to have my fabric wall treatment. I did find that it was easier to cut the drier, starched fabric than the wet fabric. So if you can wait until the fabric dries, it will be easier to clean up the edges. I had done a lot of research on this before I actually did this fabric wall. I read several times that the seams sort of “disappear.” I’m here to tell you mine don’t disappear very well.
Overall, I think this is a great project for a small area and a great idea for a renter. (And don’t forget you need a partner for this project!) Maybe with more practice, I could do a larger room and my seams will disappear. However, it may take a lot of convincing before I try this again…
*UPDATE* I removed the bottom portion of the fabric because I added paneled walls to the bathroom walls. I was able to remove the fabric easily and without any damage to the walls! To see more, click HERE. Go create something!