Tuesday, January 31, 2017

Upholstered Accent Wall Tutorial


I'm excited to show you today's project! I'm not gonna lie: it didn't go as smoothly as I thought it would, but I love the result. Don't worry, I'll tell you the things that you can anticipate and maybe avoid should you be crazy awesome enough to staple fabric onto your walls.
 


Recently, I shared a before picture of our very sad, very boring hallway.



and made it better a few weeks ago by making this great picture ledge.  It's good, but I wanted a little something else.




I read this article on ways to make a long hallway appear not so long.  One of the ways mentioned was to paint the back wall a different color. It makes sense. The color brings your eye / your attention to the end of the hall, making it not seem so long. It's an illusion. Now, our hallway isn't crazy long or anything but it was boring and does deserve some cuteness. I was going to paint it but then got the chance to collaborate with fabric.com on another project and I thought a pattern would look amazing in this tiny little space. When I told them my idea was to upholster an accent wall, they were all for it!




So here's what I used for this project: **this post contains some affiliate links for your convenience.
 

an iron and ironing board
staple gun (the one I used)
staples
3 yards of this fabric
Xacto knife
Sharpies (you'll see)
a small screwdriver
needle nose pliers (for mistakes...I used them once)

I measured my wall and luckily is was a bit narrower than the 54" wide fabric. You could try and match seams if you have a wider wall or look for a wider fabric while searching. We have 8ft ceilings so I ordered 3 yards of fabric to give me a little extra room to work.

To start off, I ironed the seam that would be at the top of the wall. I wanted to make sure I started with a straight line and a straight pattern.
 



I wanted to be able to hide the staples at the top.  So with another set of hands, courtesy of a sweet friend, we held the fabric where we wanted it, made sure it was centered on the wall, and stapled it from underneath, making sure the staples were right up against the fold and the crown molding.
 




Next we cut away the excess fabric from the middle and used it for a cute throw pillow (just sayin').




I pulled the fabric taut and started stapling above the door jamb.  Before I started stapling down either side of the door I had to make a small cut in the excess fabric around the door trim to keep the fabric flush with the wall.

I definitely didn't want to cut too much so I just kept making small cuts and checking until the fabric was able to be stapled around the trim.


The sides are where I had a little bit of trouble, only because the space between the closet door and the side walls was so narrow that I couldn't lay my staple gun in there at a correct angle to get a flush staple.  I took a picture of the angle of the stapler on the side sections. So, you'd only have this problem if you're upholstering a wall that is narrower than your staple gun is long. These sides are 4" wide.

Anyway, I stapled the sides down at this angle and then it was time to cut the excess fabric. I wanted to try and complete the wall with no trim around it. Just a clean cut line. This is where I ran into my next little problem. I couldn't cut the fabric as easily as I had hoped. I used an xacto knife and thought it would be so easy but I think the issue goes back to the angle in which I had to staple. Because I couldn't staple straight up against the cut edge, the fabric pulled a bit.


I carefully (and way slower than I had hoped) cut down the sides and around the door then used a tiny screw driver to tuck extra little threads or edges back behind our trim.


I've seen this project done before, by masters I might add, and they completed their wall with trim around the edge. Since our little accent wall was so small I wanted to try and stay away from that. If you have a bigger space, it probably would be the easiest thing. This is where the sharpies came in.


I used an orange and black sharpie to make the staples disappear into the fabric. I think it worked out pretty well. You might think this looks a little unfinished but you would never notice them unless you walked right up to it and looked for them.


I love how it transformed our boring hallway! It's colorful and adds a great pattern but it's also easily removable if we decide we don't want it anymore. Just pull out the staples and, because it's paneling, we might have to lightly sand, then paint! Love it.


If you pull out further into our living area you can see how the orange works so well with this great rug. And see the throw pillow behind the kitty? An added bonus!




 Thank you, fabric.com, for the fabric and for your willingness to let me try something unconventional. And thanks to my husband for that same 'unconventional projects' reason...  If you have any further questions about the project, let me know. I'd love to help! 


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