This past Saturday, I finally decided to get down to business and work on the closet in my office. I finally had vision for it, and was ready to see some progress.
So equipped with wallpaper paste, a big paint brush, fabric, a ladder, and my staple gun, I was ready to go. And the wall was already primed with two coats of primer, so it was ready to be “wallpapered”, or so I thought.
Getting the fabric on the wall wasn’t quite as easy as I thought it would be, but once it was up, I was thrilled. It was still very wet, and the edges of the fabric hadn’t been trimmed, but I was so excited about the progress that I took a picture and posted it on the A2D Facebook page.
I was so anxious for it to dry completely so that I could move on to the next steps…trimming the fabric and painting the side walls.
So what’s the problem?
Well, I’ve shown you before how incredibly textured my walls are. If you’ll remember, it really gave me problems when I painted the office walls black.
Isn’t that awful?! That was with a satin sheen paint, so I ended up using a flat black paint which hid the texture a bit. Here’s a comparison, with the satin finish on the top, and the flat finish on the bottom.
Naturally, the closet walls are textured in exactly the same way. But for some reason, I didn’t even consider that the heavy texture would affect the outcome of fabric-covered wall. So imagine how my heart sank when I returned about three hours later to see the fully dry wall, expecting greatness, and instead saw this…
It doesn’t show up in pictures very well, but if you’ll look on the white parts of the fabric, you can see how the fabric looks dimpled and bumpy. As the fabric dried, it settled into all of the divots and ridges of the wall texture, which makes the fabric look very wrinkled and creates thousands of little shadows all over the fabric.
It looks very subtle in the pictures, but in person, there’s nothing subtle about it. It looks at least ten times worse in person.
Sooo, we’ll consider this the practice run. The good thing is that wallpaper paste is water-based, so it should come off easily if I spray it lightly with water.
The bad news? The whole wall has to have a skim coat of drywall mud, and then has to be sanded completely smooth, and then has to be re-primed before I can re-apply the fabric.
Yep, my “quick and easy” project of wallpapering with fabric has turned into a frustrating, labor-intensive pain in the neck. But I refuse to be defeated by wall texture!! And I really think the end result will be worth the extra effort. I hope.
Addicted 2 Decorating is where I share my DIY and decorating journey as I remodel and decorate the 1948 fixer upper that my husband, Matt, and I bought in 2013. Matt has M.S. and is unable to do physical work, so I do the majority of the work on the house by myself. You can learn more about me here.