Patchwork Wall…

We have a lot of people ask us about our ‘scrap paper wall’ in our home.  It was a fun and easy project–and only took one evening. Over time I had collected all kinds of paper–wrapping paper, paper bags, old maps, etc.  This is a fun way to use them.  You really can’t go wrong–you can have a particular color scheme if you wish, or–like us–just use all kinds of paper at once.  I think I’m going to do another wall in all Nancy Drew book pages because I want a more neutral palette in another area—I’ll let you know how that project goes! :)

Here’s what you need:

Matte Mod Podge

Foam brushes

Foam brushes

Exacto knife

Small brayer

I also used Pampered Chef pot scrapers

DIRECTIONS:

Make sure your wall is clean–no need to sand, just make sure it is clean.

I cut my paper with scissors–different shapes and sized.  Another fun option would be to tear it.

Begin at the top or a corner of the wall that you will be patchworking.  Paint a small area, no larger than 2′x2′ at a time, and place paper onto painted area.

Once you have a 2′x2′ area down go over it with your brayer and/or pot scraper to get out any bubble or wrinkles.  {I personally liked the pot scrapers better than the brayer for this job. Any pot scrapers will do–I just happened to have Pampered Chef ones on hand.}

Don’t worry about any paper overlapping the ceiling, baseboards, edge, etc. at this point.  Just leave it there.

Once your whole wall is done, take the exacto knife and run along the edge of the ceiling, baseboards, etc. to cut away any excess paper. {Don’t do this while the paper is extremely wet—it will tear.}

You’re almost finished!

Last step:  go over your whole wall with a thick coat of Mod Podge and allow to dry!

Taaaahhhhh Daaahhhhh!  You now have a patchwork wall! :)

Told you it was super easy!

Enjoy~

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Comments

  1. I love this! I have been thinking of doing something similar with maps in a corner of our attic, so this is helpful. Do you know how damaging the Mod Podge is to the wall if you were to remove the paper?

    • Maggie~

      A few weeks after I did this wall I wanted to change a little corner and pulled the paper off. It came off easily and the ‘residue’ could easily be sanded clean. I’m not sure if over time that would change??? I wouldn’t think so. :)

  2. I love that. It looks so homey and warm and ecclectic. Everything I love.

  3. So pretty and eclectic! I’ve been thinking of doing the hallway in the beach house we are remodeling using old nautical charts, but now I’m really liking this colorful approach!
    ~Amanda

    • Oh—I think the old nautical maps would look great! In the new Pottery Barn catalog they did that in the living room–looked stunning! :)

  4. What a fun and colorful wall! looks easy enough too. I’d love for you to link this up to my link party, Your Girlish Whims! http://mygirlishwhims.blogspot.com/2011/04/your-whims-wednesday-4-and-features.html

  5. Wow, what a unique wall! I really like how vintage and homey the patchwork wall seems, great idea!

  6. I was about to do this several weeks ago but chickened out!! I was planning on putting my paper up in more of a grid fashion, but I was so scared to put Mod Podge on the wall! It pays to take risks, because yours looks really cute, and my wall looks really plain!! :D

  7. LOVE this wall. My husband would probably have a cow, but I love it and wish I could make one of my walls as cool as this!

  8. I love the look of that. It looks really fun.

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