Weekend DIY Project: How to Install Fabric Wallcovering

Who says that paper is the only wall-covering you can use? This weekend, take on a short DIY project to add texture, color, and fun to your walls, with these steps from HGTV for how to apply a fabric wall-covering:

Materials Needed:
bolt of backed fabric
wall-covering paste
fabric scissors
smoothing tool
tape measure
spackle knife
wall-covering primer
paint roller
paint pan
pan liner
roller cover
sanding block
damp rag
paint brush
utility knife

fabric-close-up1. Measure the Walls: Use tape measure to determine height and width of space for fabric. Jot measurements down for reference.

2. Choose Fabric: Bring swatches of assorted backed fabrics home from fabric store and tape up on wall using painter’s tape. In order for fabric to adhere to wall, it must have fabric or acrylic backing. Fabric without backing can be custom-backed by local fireproofing and backing shops. After a few days, decide which fabric works best in space. Keep in mind patterns with large repeats will require more yards, therefore will be more expensive. Smaller prints or textured fabrics require fewer yards, but might not be as stunning.

paint-brush-primer-wall3. Prepare Walls:
Comb walls with smoothing tool to get rid of any bumps. Fill nail and screw holes with spackle using a spackle knife. Once dry, lightly sand residue, then wipe with damp rag. Apply a coat of wall-covering primer using paint roller. Allow three hours for primer to dry.

cutting-fabric4. Cut Fabric:
Roll fabric out on long, flat surface. Refer to dimensions, and use tape measure and pencil to mark height on fabric. Allow 4 extra inches to account for waste, then cut using fabric scissors.

cutting-excess-fabric-on-wall5. Paste the Wall: Dip paint brush in bucket of paste, and spread paste on wall starting from the top down.

6. Attach Fabric:
Hold each strip of fabric up to wall allowing overlap to match up the repeat. Press against glue, and smooth out air bubbles with smoothing tool.

7. Cut Excess: Use utility knife to cut excess from corners and around outlet holes.