DIY self-adhesive wallpaper
4” foam paint roller
painter’s tape, sensitive
base paint, as desired
metallic paint, as desired
1. Speak with a CB2 sales associate or use the online calculator to determine the quantity of
DIY self-adhesive wallpaper needed to cover the desired area. Next, following the instructions on the packaging, prepare the desired surface and apply the wallpaper.
2. Paint the entire area of wallpaper with a base/background color, then let it dry for at least
24 hours. We used Benjamin Moore eggshell finish paint, gray blue BM-1501.
3. Using the dimensions of the desired wall, sketch the design or draw it on a computer. For best results, print a test sheet to scale to judge the final appearance of the design.
Hint: basing the design on 90 and 45 degree angles will make it easier to create.
Hint hint: the width and quantity of lines will determine if the pattern looks heavy and busy or light and airy—we used 2” wide painters tape for the wider lines alternating with 1/4” thin lines.
4. To translate the design, we started by measuring and pencil-drawing the first diagonal line that cuts across the entire wall and which will anchor the overall design. From the top left hand corner, create a 45 degree angle using a rafter angle square and a large level. Adhere and press the painters tape against this line, then mark off a 1/4” from its edge and continue marking off the middle diagonal section line by line.
Hint: for second, third and subsequent lines, make small pencil dots to measure them out—those markings will be less visible than penciling solid lines.
Hint hint: If the measurements don’t work out perfectly, any small differences likely won’t be seen. However, to be more exact, adjust the width of the stripes on the last section—a 1/4” to 1/2” difference shouldn’t be visible to the eye.
5. Measure, mark and tape all subsequent angles and lines. Once the complete pattern has been translated to the wall, fill the negative spaces with painters tape but exposing the 1/4” lines to be painted.
Hint: by pressing firmly on all edges, a good seal will be created which will prevent paint from bleeding under the tape—or, for an exceptionally crisp line, speak with a paint specialist about a clear glaze application along the edges of the tape.
6. Once the wall is completely taped, paint the exposed lines with a small foam roller—we used a metallic silver made by Modern Masters, ME 150, applied in 3 light coats with 2 hours of drying time between each coat.
7. Let the paint cure for 24 hours, then spot check to make sure it’s dry to the touch before removing the tape—and before placing anything on it.