DIY Faux Wallpaper Using A Pencil!

I’ve been dying to add some texture to the wall behind my bed, but wanted it to be subtle.  I didn’t want to paint it, and I had already tried a sponge technique on the other side of the room.  I found this wallpaper at Anthropologie that I really liked, and I thought, why not draw it?

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So I grabbed a pencil, a level, turned on some Etta James, and got to work.

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I had this 48-inch level and this 12 inch level left over from when I did my DIY sharpie subway tile and used them.  I honestly don’t know how I decided, but I landed on doing 12″ x 18″ rectangles.  I simply grabbed a pencil and started drawing.

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I can tell you, I made way more mistakes in the beginning, and then when I got the hang of it, I used the eraser WAY less.  This is what I did for ONE rectangle:

  1. Draw an 18″ vertical line
  2. Added another right next to it (see pic, I didn’t use measurements I eyeballed and it’s not perfect)
  3. Created a space of about an inch
  4. Draw another two 18″ vertical lines
  5. Draw a 12″ horizontal line
  6. Added another right next to it (see pic, I didn’t use measurements I eyeballed and it’s not perfect)
  7. Created a space of about an inch
  8. Draw another two 12″ horizontal lines

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What made each of the “stripes” beautiful, are the details of the two thinner lines on each side–don’t skip out on those!

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I then erased in a circular motion in the middle to get that washed out look–like the Anthropologie wallpaper had.  You can see there are tons of imperfections, so don’t beat yourself up over them–at least I don’t.  Because overall, when you look at the entire wall, it will look great…

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You can see a closer look on video here–just scroll through my “highlight” to get to the part where I do this DIY.

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I like the subtle look, but you can always darken the lines with a paint pen if you prefer–and probably better if you are in a high traffic area.  I’m not so concerned with the pencil lines because it’s behind my bed where no one walks by it or touches it.  If you want to try this somewhere that you’re worried about smudges, maybe try a paint pen.  However, for my space, I was going for subtle.

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As always, please DM me on Instagram if you try this or have questions!  And please, sign up for my email updates below.  I promise I won’t spam you.  We can be best buds.

Love,

Deema

 

 

 

 

 

 

DIY Sponge Paint Wall–Small Budget, HUGE Impact

Not a weekend goes by when I’m not painting these days, and I have another super easy (and cheap!) DIY that I just finished this past weekend.  Remember that Faux Wallpaper Dot Wall I did a few months ago?  Well instead of a paintbrush, I used an old dish sponge.  Yup, you read that correctly.  There are all kinds of different sponge techniques that you can play around with, and below is the one I chose to use this weekend.

This is what you’ll need:

  • Paint (I used Blackest by Clare Paint)
  • Painter’s Tape
  • Dish sponge
  • Scissors
  • Paint tray, or small disposable container (I used a small tupperware)
  • scratch paper
  • Drop cloth

(I know this sounds like a lot, but it’s not)

Step 1:

Lay out the drop cloth and place the paint and all the materials on top.

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Step 2:

Pour a small amount of paint into a tray, or in my case, I used a small tupperware that would fit my sponge. **You will not need much paint AT ALL.  My wall was small but I barely used any.  If you choose to do a larger wall, I’m confident you won’t need much either.

Step 3:

Cut the corners of the sponge off just to soften the edges.

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Step 4:

Place the tape on the wall you want to paint.  You can probably measure it, but for me, I eyeball everything.  I always aim for straight-ish around here.

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Step 5:

Dip the sponge into the paint and be sure to use the extra piece of paper to dab all the excess paint–this is SUPER important because if you don’t, the paint will drip and will not be cute.  Trust me, I speak from experience.

Step 6:

Start pressing the sponge on the wall to the left of the tape, and then to the right of the tape in the pattern shown below.  It’s ok (and in my opinion looks better) to have some imperfections in size and color.  You will see that some of mine are super dark, while others are very faded.

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Step 7:

Repeat.  I simply moved the tape over, and over, and over, and over…etc.

Step 8:

Enjoy!  And embrace the imperfections.  What do you think?  Small budget, HUGE impact.

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It looks WAY better in person, and on video.  Be sure to check me out on Instagram if you want the video version of this tutorial.  And please, sign up for my email updates below.  I promise I won’t spam you.  We can be best buds.

Love,

Deema

DIY Faux Wallpaper Ideas

I’m alive!!!  It’s been a minute since my last post, but I’ve been busy buying a home, moving in, and now I’m currently waking up 4 out of 7 nights a week in a panic because I can’t decide on a paint color or what rug size would fit best in whatever room I’m currently obsessing over.   Totally normal, right?  And if you’re not following me on Instagram already, you can check out our new home and follow along as I make it our own.

Last night I finished one of my easiest DIY’s to date!  It was probably my favorite, and one that made the biggest impact.  Insert dramatic drumroll….I attempted a faux wallpaper wall!  It was super cheap, super easy, and pretty quick.  Here’s how I did it below:

Step 1:  Supplies

You will need paint and paint brushes.  That’s it.

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I ended up loving the paint and the color I picked!  I used Kendall Charcoal.  And FYI, you don’t need a lot. I got a quart and barely used any of it, and I had a pretty large wall to cover.  Next up, I had to get some paint brushes.

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A friend recommended this pack and I used the largest brush for this project.  This pack of 6 was only $14.99 on Amazon.

2.  Quick practice and test

Grab a piece of paper and start practicing.  I have a video that may be more helpful on my Instagram, but you basically dip the paint brush in the paint, and then alternate dotting the paper at different angles.

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I then taped the piece of paper on the wall so I could get an idea of how it would look.   And then I got ready!

3.  Start painting and pray

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And you’re ready!  I held my breathe and hoped for the best!  I kept dipping the brush in the paint, and then dipping it on the wall while alternating angles.  It was that simple.  The entire wall took about 2 hours.

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And I don’t know if you can tell from the picture, but it’s a pretty big wall.

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It went from one end of the house, all the way to the kitchen.

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And that’s it!  I was so happy with the end result.  This took two hours, was practically free, and look at the impact it had on the room.  If you end up trying it, I would love to see!  I wish I had taken a before picture, but this made such a difference.  And if you liked this post, you’d probably love the last one I did, 20 Ways To Add Character To Your Home.

**UPDATE*** I ended up adding this technique into one last corner of my home, except this time, using Blackest by Clare Paint.  See below!

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Love,
Deema