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DIY: Découpaged Walls

Découpaging your walls with pages from an old book, antique maps, or magazine covers can instantly transform a boring wall into a conversation piece. Your wallcovering will be one of a kind, a quality that even the most glam wallpaper can't give you. Some of you might think that tearing up a book for any project is sacrilegious. If you fall into this category, use a book that's already falling apart, or that has a damaged cover. To learn the steps for this project, read more.

  1. First things first. Carefully pull the individual pages out of your book or magazine. Running an X-acto knife across the inside of the spine helps to make this step swift.
  2. Now, neaten up the edges with a ruler and a craft knife, making sure they're relatively straight. Do the same if you're using old maps, or even use a paper cutter if you have one. You can leave the edges as is if you're going for raw look, though.
  3. Lay down a drop cloth or newspaper on the floor below the wall you're covering.
  4. Open up your windows, and make sure the room is well-ventilated.
  5. Using a sponge brush, apply wheat paste to a small portion of the wall.
  6. Now, line up one page flush with the wall, and apply it, burnishing out any bubbles with your hands as you press it onto the wall.
  7. Continue to apply wheat paste and press your pages onto the wall, lining them up neatly until the wall is covered. If you want a more raw look, you can overlap the pages and even stagger them a bit.
  8. Make sure you've burnished out any bubbles. Sometimes using a credit card here will help.
  9. Now, allow the wall to dry.
  10. Using a synthetic bristle brush, apply a coat of Polycrylic Protective Finish, which will protect the pages from peeling, scuffing, and other damage.
  11. If your adjacent walls get messy from applying the Polycrylic, you can easily clean it up with a sponge and some warm, soapy water.



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