Before I started on my walls, I did a lot of research (or Google search) on how this was supposed to go down. Unfortunately, I only found a few sites with any information on this. Each site had a different technique as to how to apply the fabric and starch to your walls. I ended up trying just about every technique and will share with you the most effective.
First you need to gather your materials:
- You will need A LOT of liquid starch and I would also suggest getting a bottle of spray starch ( you don't need more than one because you can just refill)
- Fabric- I ended up buying 3 twin size sheet sets from Wal-Mart. With a little patching here and there this ended up being a perfect amount for the small room we were working with (it was also more cost effective) If you do purchase the sheet sets, you will need to alter the fitted sheet by removing the elastic and seams at the corners then cutting the sheet into three strips. If you choose to purchase fabric from a fabric store make sure to measure your walls floor to ceiling and corner to corner to ensure you get enough (make sure to leave an inch or two extra on all sides!
- Paint Roller and Paint pan
This photo was taken before we moved the tacks down and you can see the small bubble at the top of the fabric. We were also working on paneling which had large grooves! So, this is what your starched fabric should look like at this point. Continue this process until all of your walls are covered. If you used sheets you will want to trim any hemmed edges, just because these make the seams on the wall more noticeable.
The walls should dry within a few hours, I put a box fan in front of each wall.
Once all of your panels are dry, you will want to go back and trim any access from the top and bottom. This is where the spray starch comes in handy! You will need to remove the tacks from the walls and get either scissors or a utility knife. I used a combo of both, plus my rotary cutter. Trim your fabric as close to the ceiling or molding as possible. Don't worry if your fabric pulls away from the wall, this happens a lot! Once your fabric is trimmed, go back with the spray starch and spray any spots that have pulled away and smooth them back down. You can also go back and smooth out any wrinkles by re-wetting the area.
I know it may sound like a lot (and to be honest, it wasn't the easiest thing in the world) but it was totally worth it, especially if you can't paint your walls or just want a temporary fix that is easy to remove. Once the fabric dries, if you want to remove it just start at a corner and peel it away from your walls!
Here is a finished wall in our nursery!
It's not perfect, but it is SO much better than the ugly paneling! Also, FYI I read on other websites that you can dip your fabric panels in the starch and skip rolling it on the walls. I do not recommend this method. We tried it and, while it was a bit easier to apply the fabric, once it dried the fabric was extremely wrinkled and it didn't look as good as the penels that we took the time to roll on!