No, You Can’t Hang Wallpaper Over BRICK!

A DIY’er is trying to hang some finely-textured light grey grasscloth in her home. Here’s an e-mail I got from her today: “Hi Julie, what do you recommend I apply the wallpaper with to brick? ”

No, no, no! BAD idea!

1. Brick is porous, and no wallpaper paste will work.

2. Brick is rough and bumpy and has grout lines, all of which will show under the paper.

I suggested she attach 1″x2″ strips of wood to the top and bottom of the brick wall, and then tack or staple the grasscloth to those strips, overlapping the seams. It will look something like a curtain, or fabric wall, and will be easy to remove later, too.

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