DYI self-adhesive wallpaper
acrylic faux glaze liquid
bowl of water
containers for paint mixtures
1. Measure and cut sections of wallpaper that will fit the wall that you want to cover.
hint: be sure to mark which section goes where so the pattern flows accordingly.
2. To avoid paint drippings in the pattern, clear a large area of the floor or set up a long table and cover either with a drop cloth to best contain the liquids—then lay flat a section of wallpaper, DIY side up.
hint: the artwork we created is per panel so if a matching pattern is desired, use painters tape on the backside and join panels to create a mural effect.
3. We chose a look that required round/ball-shaped sponges. If this type isn’t readily available, or if another shape is desired, one can be made with a few scissor snips and rubber bands. For our project, we cut off about a third of the end of the sponge and formed the large part of the sponge into a ball by folding corners back and under, securing it with a rubber band so it stayed in a ball shape. Cut the remainder in half to use as secondary tools.
hint: a damp sponge is easier to shape than a dry one—just dip, squeeze, and then form it.
hint hint: if the sponge is large enough, simply use scissors to cut a ball, or other shape out of it.
4. Pour about a 1/2 cup of each paint color into separate containers. Ultimately the consistency of the paint mixture should be similar to milk so add about 1/4 cup of faux glaze liquid and a little water
hint: the glaze is optional but we found it was helpful to thin the color without making it too watery.
hint hint: disposable plates worked well as containers for the paint since they allowed the sponges to easily absorb the paint mixture and clean up took no time.
5. Immerse the sponge ball in water and give it a couple squeezes to make sure it’s saturated. Dip the end of the sponge into the paint mixture and with a little force, pounce the sponge against the wallpaper to achieve the paint-bombed/splatter effect.
hint: test the technique on scrap paper to know how much force is needed.
6. Cover the wallpaper with a desired pattern and layering colors as desired, then use a clean sponge to pick up any excess paint mixture.
7. Allow the painted wallpaper to dry for a full 48 hours—initially the paint may be fragile and easy to scratch off, this will allow it to cure fully and be more stable.
hint: set up a fan on low to help air circulate and speed the drying process.
8. Lastly, apply the self-adhesive wallpaper per the enclosed directions.
hint: to avoid cracking the paint, bend the paper as little as possible when peeling/adhering.
To create an eclectic look in her own home, CB2’s Senior Director of Marketing worked with Mary Collins to mix modern with vintage—bonus is she also met Lauren Lozano-Ziol!What Alicia found most exciting about working with them—both personally and professionally—is how they took eclectic to a new level. By mixing sleek modern drinkware with cut crystal and bright orange plates with antique China plates—not to mention placing funhouse mirrors and gold pig bookends above a craftsman-style fireplace—it’s fun for us to see our modern furnishings in fresh and different ways than we typically feature as they get mixed in with very personal, even heirloom items. For this shoot, Mary and Lauren hand-picked CB2 products that not only spoke to them, but that they were already recommending to their clients. Thank you Mary for inviting us into your home for this photo shoot—we’re thrilled we had the opportunity to work with you and Lauren!
Lauren Lozano-Ziol has been practicing residential interior design for 14 years and has received degrees in interior design and art history. Her education, her passion for travel, and experience of living abroad have inspired her love of mixing old and new design elements—along with the launch of her budding furniture line.
To create classic, timeless spaces, she blends traditional elements with clean lines, refined materials, and sophisticated colors. All my clients have different needs according to Lauren, and her portfolio reflects this versatility.
She feels like she can accommodate a vast range of styles from modern to traditional. Anything from urban residences to casual weekend retreats. Lauren has been Featured in Elle Decor, Chicago Home & Garden, NBC’s Open House and I4DESIGN magazines.
Upon Lauren’s recent return from Living in Paris, Lauren and Mary have teamed up to create timeless interiors with the vision to build a lifestyle brand with this new partnership.
Mary Collins has always had a love for all things style—from fashion to home decor. Mary took a detour from her passion to focus both on raising her young family and on working as a management consultant at McKinsey & Co.
Mary is a self-taught designer who graduated from Vanderbilt University with degrees in math and engineering and received her MBA from the Kellogg Graduate School of Management.
Drawn to vintage clothing and antique furnishings, Mary’s aesthetic of mixing these well-loved pieces with modern, well-edited elements makes a statement that is both fresh and personal while always remaining classic, chic and elegant.
The straightforward thinking from her educational background melded with her creative side enables her to create that custom, lux look regardless of budget or project size.
Thanks to alicia, director of marketing, for this submission.