I created this DIY Faux Wallpaper with Sharpie Paint Pen for my foyer. I wanted wallpaper in my foyer but I didn’t want to put up wallpaper because I like to change things often. I drew a template of a floral design onto a piece of plastic and traced the floral design onto the wall. It really was easy to do and who doesn’t love to draw on the walls?
I love love love the look of wallpaper and I love that it is making a huge comeback! I think I love wallpaper because I love color and wallpaper can add beautiful colors to a room but I do have issues with wallpaper. Yes, it can be expensive but that is not my issue. My problem with it is that I love to change things up often and if I spend the money and do all of the work to wallpaper the walls, I am going to have to live with it awhile. Probably, longer than I want to.I purchased my first home in the 1980’s and I have lived in 5 homes in my lifetime and I have removed so much wallpaper in every one of these homes. All of the wallpaper was a PAIN to remove so wallpaper that has left me with a phobia even though I know that the wallpaper today is easier to remove.
I am making over my foyer and I wanted to add color and interest to the room so I starting looking at wallpaper online. I have this new stunning mirror from Soft Surroundings and I wanted a wallpaper that would show-off my mirror. I am drawn to the bold wallpapers that looked hand-drawn and since I love to doodle and draw, I thought that it would be fun to try to duplicate the look of wallpaper with a Sharpie paint pen. I am wanting wallpaper so if it looks horrible, I can paint over it or wallpaper over it. Also, if you have the paint that is on the walls, you can paint the spot over the area of your mistake and draw it again. I know that because I did that several times and it was an easy fix.*Use a Sharpie PAINT Pen not a Sharpie permanent marker!! I used Medium Point and I used two pens for my wall.
A Sharpie Permanent Marker is very hard to cover with paint. I repeat, do not use a permanent marker. I used two paint pens for my wall that is 65 square feet. You may want to purchase a couple of extra paint pens and return the ones you don’t use so that you don’t have to run to the store in the middle of your project.
I knew before I started that everything had to be straight, even, and almost exact so that it would look like wallpaper instead of being hand-drawn.
I googled pictures of hand-drawn peonies and printed off a few pictures that I liked. I had to find flowers that were simple enough for me to draw. I created a floral design for me to trace on the wall. You can view the tutorial for How to Make a Stencil for a Wall.I measured the width of my template and it was 16 inches wide. I wanted to make sure that my floral design stayed straight going up the wall so I placed painters tape every 16 inches on the wall. That made it so easy for me to keep everything lined up and placed perfectly. I traced the design on the wall with a pencil for the first one but I switched to using the paint pen for the rest of the wall.I made a few small mistakes but it is not noticeable at all. If my paint pen bled, I covered it up with wall paint and a small art paint brush.
You have to stagger every other row of flowers so that it will look like wallpaper. To do this, I measured and noted that the first flower will be 3 inches from the bottom so every other row starts 3 inches from the bottom. Every time I started a new column going up the wall, I measured the space between the flower and the wall so that my wall would look like real wallpaper.
Everyone that see the wall ask how long it took me to draw the entire wall. I made the template one evening. I did not want to get a sore neck so I did one vertical row(up and down) a day. It took me one hour to draw one vertical row so basically, I worked on the wall an hour a day. There are 8 vertical rows so it took me 8 days. I could have finished the wall much quicker if I spent more time on the wall each day. I am very pleased with the look of this faux wallpaper. Also, you can view the tutorial for the DIY Orb Chandelier that I made from a thrifted chandelier and macrame hoops that will be on the blog next week..