Steal this Idea*: Painted Wallpaper

As someone who loves a good tutorial and knows just how much work goes into one, I think its only fair they get a wee bit more attention. Thus, the Steal this Idea series was born. Today's tutorial is from Emily of Jones Design Company who emailed me this amazing project.


The title says it all. She hand painted a wallpaper pattern! WHAT??? I can't even imagine the patience Emily has but it turned out amazing. Seeing her handiwork almost makes me believe I could do it myself. Almost.

She created a template out of cardboard and used it to trace an outline all around the room. She didn't even use a level!!


And then proceeded to fill in the lines with some leftover latex paint.


After what I imagine to be a lot of time with paintbrush in hand, it looks like this.


I admit it, I'm really impressed. I love it. Who is brave enough to give it a try?

Check out her detailed instructions (along with some other great tutorials on her blog) here.

postscript:
*When I say steal, I really mean borrow nicely and give proper credit!
**If you have an idea/tutorial you would like me to consider for a feature, email me. I'd love to see!

36 comments:

  1. I saw this room over on 6th street this morning! UNBELIEVEABLE! It looks gorgeous!

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  2. When I saw this on her site, I was in awe. I've seen some really great painted to look like paper walls lately on blogs. So tempting. . .

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  3. That's unreal! There's no way I would have the patience for such a thing. Kudos to her!

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  4. It looks so good, but I am afraid I would totally mess up and have to repaint all my walls! Oh, I wish I was brave enough to try!

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  5. Holy moly.............looks fantastic! I would never be able to do this. My hands are too shaky and I am not artistic at all.

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  6. Takes a steady hand and alot of patience.
    If you don't have the talent, you can use fabric panels stapled to the wall like Emily did on Design Star.
    xo xo

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  7. Yes, that is fabulous! I was also in awe when I saw it on her blog...great work and a stunning result! Janell

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  8. Holy Moly, that must have taken forever. Yikes! But, I have to admit...it looks lovely!

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  9. I think once the kids are back in school I will do this to my powder room .

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  10. Omgosh I can not imagine having the patience or a hand steady enough to do that. Amazing. Ralph Lauren use to have these huge stencils to get a great effect on the wall, I have no idea why he quit selling those. It would help someone get this idea without so much work. Great job on her part, Bravo!!! Kathysue

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  11. This looks great, but I doubt my ability to finish it!

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  12. Beautiful but no way would I attempt it. My arm is sore just looking/thinking of it. Yikes!

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  13. piece of cake!
    (that is what I would need after completing that job, I mean I could do it, but I would need some sugar to keep me going!)
    pve

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  14. Thanks, dear, for the feature! I love that you used the photo of my 4-year old tracing the pattern ... I sure hope no one thinks those are MY hands!

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  15. I've done this, but not a whole room like this. Her work is beautiful. Thanks for sharing.

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  16. Wow, I would totally steal this idea if I thought I could pull it off. I can't even get a simple stripe straight. But I love this!!

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  17. That is a feat - what a steady hand Emily must have, and a good eye!

    (I saw that she had used a child's hands so she could take the photo, and it made me smile. Start'em early!)

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  18. I think she's seriously insane! Send the doctor quick!!! I can't believe she could do that all by hand...I'd be so frustrated by the first hr.

    Cindy

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  19. Wow! I had been contemplating something like this for my upstairs hall but I'm not sure I have the patience for it!! Nice job.

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  20. Beautiful! She deserves a medal for patience! I have seen really large stencils floating around the web for big projects like this. I think I would go that route since there is no way I could do it by hand. I would have given up after half of a wall! :)

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  21. I love her blog, and I'm thinking of trying this in my half bath. *Thinking*

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  22. that's so crazy, and amazingly beautiful! I think I could pull it off, but not have the patience or arm strength to finish, nor would it look so level!

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  23. The room is beautiful! Love this idea!

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  24. Unbelievable! I have neither the skill, nor the patience, nor the steady hand to pull off something like this. Clearly she's got loads of talent! The rest of the room is beautiful, too!

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  25. PhillyLass9:16 PM

    It's lovely, but I just don't get it. Why not buy printed wallpaper and complete the project in one sixteenth the time something like this would take?

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  26. OMG- thank you for posting this! I saw her blog, then "lost" it! But now it's found again! :)

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  27. If I could send my kids to Grandma's for 2 weeks and I took those two weeks as vacation, I could do this in my powder room. I LOVE it!!!!

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  28. Wow, absolutely amazing! I wish I was patient enough to try it... alas, I will admire from afar! Gorgeous ;)

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  29. That's amazing, but I don't think I'm brave enough to try that!

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  30. That's something I could try. I can't believe how perfect it turned out! It's gorgeous!

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  31. that is soooo cool!!! and that means you need a lot of patience to get something like that done!!!

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  32. Wow, this is amazing. I'm putting this in my "things to do when you find patience" file -- I love how it came out!

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  33. This is gorgeous!

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  34. This is unbelievable!
    My heart skipped a beat when I saw this, I would love to try it out!
    She did great!

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