Railroading a Textured Paintable Wallpaper

Digital ImageDigital ImageDigital ImageDigital ImageIn the top picture, the wallpaper is at the top of the wall, and the bottom half of the wall is primed and awaiting paper.

This unusual wallpaper pattern had a stripe along one edge, a thin sprinkling of flowers next to the stripe, then a denser concentration of flowers as you moved to the opposite side. Unlike most patterns, it was not intended to be matched to the next strip. In addition, the textured vinyl paper is meant to be painted, and then finished with a glaze, which would leave more color in the recessed areas and less on the raised areas.

To use this pattern most effectively on the accent wall in a guest bedroom (and because the homeowner is an innovative thinker), it worked out best to railroad the wallpaper (run horizontally).

The wall was 105″ high, and the wallpaper was 41″ wide. To balance the width of the strips, I trimmed each to 35″ wide, leaving the stripe on one side, and cutting off a little of the dense flowers on the opposite side.

Light coming at an angle really accentuates the texture of this wallpaper, and it will look even better when the paint and glaze are applied.


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