21 Mar Vintage Wallpaper Collage
When I stumbled upon The Cottage not only could I see its potential but I could also see it was full of treasures that were begging to be used. Treasures like a gorgeous marble chessboard that now serves as a cheeseboard. Or, this bag full of vintage wallpaper (one of my favorite finds of all time). When I opened that bag it felt like I hit the jackpot!
I took the vintage wallpaper scraps and collaged them together on the walls of the master bedroom, making the textured wall of my dreams. Then I tied it all together and gave it that cozy lived-in feel by covering it all lightly with a “grout wash.” I was going for the feeling that the wallpaper had always been there—and in some ways, I guess it had.
Read on for all our tips and tricks on how to recreate this look for yourself.
Here’s the process:
- Wallpaper scraps, the more the merrier! Torn/uneven ends = MORE TEXTURE
- Mod Podge in the matte or glossy finish (depending on the look you want)
- Paint brush
- Optional: drywall mud diluted with water or white paint diluted with water
- Use the brush to apply an even layer of Mod Podge to the back of the wallpaper scraps and apply to the wall
Tip: You can leave some edges torn/not completely adhered to the wall for a perfectly imperfect look, overlapping edges can be treated with extra Mod Podge if desired
Tip: Change up pattern/color/shape of adjacent wallpaper scraps for a unique look.
- Once the Mod Podge is dry apply diluted white paint/diluted drywall mud using large strokes in random directions. Tip: Pay special attention to the joints where different wallpaper pieces meet to make the transitions more subtle.
- Once dry repeat Step 2 until you are happy with the level of whitewashing.
- Optional: Seal with a clear matte sealer to protect your masterpiece!