- Wagner wallpaper steamer Plastic scrapper (to scrape wallpaper)
- Rotary cutter Self-healing mat
- Putty knife Spackle
- Spray texture (orange peel) Paint Brushes & Paint Rollers
- Paint Tray Drop Cloths
- Primer and Paints TSP
- Stencil & Stencil brush Stencil Magic temporary adhesive
- Bucket and sponge Frog tape
When we bought our house in 2000 the interior of the house was wallpapered. The upstairs all had wallpaper halfway up like wainscoting with wood trim. Unlike the floral wallpaper in the rest of the house, I actually liked the wallpaper the previous owners had selected for the hall. Unfortunately, by the time we moved in every wall and corner had dings or tears that had been spackled over. A couple of years ago I decided it was time to fix the poorly patched hall. In the more than 20 years since the house had been built that wallpaper was discontinued. What to Do?
My upstairs hallway is partially visible from my front door, so I had to find something which wouldn’t clash with the reds, golds and greens of my lower floor. The original wall paper was a soft beige and white vertical stripe with a Victorian style scroll design about every two feet. It was subtle enough not to clash with either the colors on the first floor or the various colors schemes of the bedrooms upstairs. A solid color would be too boring with the wood molding in the middle of the wall, so I opted to recreate the look of that wallpaper with paint.
Step one-I steamed off all the wallpaper which took two days. Did I forget to mention that the upstairs hallway is actually three hallways that connect? If you have more than one room of wallpaper to remove I strongly suggest purchasing the Wagner Wallpaper steamer.
Step two- I washed the walls with TSP and water (follow directions on the box). To remove any remaining residue.
Step three-I spackled, patched and texturized the walls where needed.
Step Four-I taped off the wood trim, base boards and molding around doors, I put down drop cloths and Primed all the walls.
Step five- I selected two colors from the same beige color strip at Sherman Williams. The first color is so light that it looks almost pure white. The second was three shades darker and looks beige. My family seems to touch the walls as they walk through the house so I use the most durable paint in a satin finish. Matte may look nice, but not after a week in my house.
Step six-I painted all the walls with two coats of the darker of the two colors, removed all tape from moldings and woodwork, and let it cure for three weeks. I learned the hard way that just because the paint can says it is dry enough to re-coat does not mean it is ready to tape over for a different color. If you apply tape to paint that hasn’t fully cured it will remove the paint with the tape, often down to the bare wall.
Step seven-I cut Frog tape to the desired widths. (Frog tape had just hit the market in my area and only came in one width at the time). I used my quilting rotary cutter and self-healing cutting mat. Then wound the tape strips around drinking straws until I was ready to place them on the walls.
Step eight-I went to several craft stores to find a stencil that would approximate the pattern in the original wall paper.
Step nine-After the first color had cured for three weeks, I reapplied painter’s tape to the woodwork and using a vertical level placed the frog tape I’d cut to various widths in my desired pattern.
Step ten-I replaced the drop cloths and painted over the taped stripe sections of the wall with two coats of the second (lighter) color.
Step eleven- I opened the Stencil package and sprayed the backside (the side that will be against the wall) of each stencil with Stencil Magic temporary adhesive.
Step twelve-Following the directions on the Stencil package I place the first stencil on the wall and pounce paint using a special stencil brush onto the stencil. As shown in the picture above. I remove and reposition the stencil to the next spot by matching corresponding marks on the stencil. I repeat the process on all walls.
Step thirteen-I repeat the process in step thirteen using the second stencil piece. Depending on the stencil you choose you may have as few as one stencil piece or as many as six. Once finished I remove all the tape and voila!