In the hallway of our lower level, I wanted to create some interest on the walls without adding pattern.
My answer was this:
This shows the wall where the DIY vintage looking sign hangs. See how the wall is a wrinkled leather finish? Well, it’s not leather, it’s tissue paper!
The way I did this texture was super easy… kind of putzy, but easy… and very cheap.
For this project you will need lots and lots of plain white tissue paper, and wall paint in the color/s you choose. You can use any finish you want, from flat, eggshell, to satin or gloss. These walls are in eggshell finish. Just know though, the shinier the paint, the more you will notice the texture.
Then very easily, using a roller and paint tray, roll paint on the wall, working in about a 3’ x 3’ section.
Then carefully lay a single sheet of tissue paper on the wall, and re-load the roller with paint, then paint over that just applied tissue paper. (this part takes a little practice. You can’t work it or roll over it too much or it will just fall apart, as the tissue paper will tend to stick to the roller if you go over it again) Just roll over it once, then move on.
Then continue piece by piece.
It sounds like it would take a long time, but once I got a system down, it went fairly smoothly and didn’t take too long.
One thing, you have to be sure the tissue paper is always going onto totally wet paint.
Oh and I overlapped it, or the flatness of the plain sheetrock wall is very noticeable. If you miss any area, let it dry and then reapply paint and tissue and paint over it. This treatment allows for a lot of grace… just my style of project.
In this corner where the Altoids dispenser sits, you can just barely make out the textured walls in this pic.
And in this pic you can see it a little here around the sign I made.
When I originally did this faux leather treatment, I had the walls a deep shrimp color, (to go with the previous ‘cottage’ style) But with re-doing the family room, (which this hallway leads into) and neutralizing to achieve the ‘Ralph Lauren meets 1900 Boy’s Club’ look, I painted over the deep shrimp color of the hallway with two very close shades of a light tannish/cream. (They are both Hirshfield’s colors: Tequilla, and Coast Point) (I repeated that same Tequilla color in the family room by the game table)
It is a very subtle treatment. And the nice thing is that you can repaint over it in any color you like in the future and still retain the textural effect. It would also be a great treatment if you wanted to camouflage damaged walls.