I’m crazy about texture, and it’s especially important since we prefer neutral colors. When Dad was visiting, he taught me how to texture walls with cheesecloth. That’s all that’s on the wall! Just cheesecloth held up and painted in place.
This photo is slightly dramatized, just so the texture will show up. Otherwise, it’s very subtle, like this:
Sounds super easy. I wish it was. Actually when Dad–the professional–was still here, it was super easy. But they had to leave before the project was finished. So while we did half the room in just a couple hours together, it took The Hubs and I two weeks to finish the other half without him. (Don’t be scared off by that. If you have a FULL day to commit to it, it can be done in a day. If you only have a few hours each evening, it will take you 2 weeks.)
I purchased the cheesecloth at our fabric store, it was priced at $3 a yard, but we used a 40% off coupon for it. I didn’t buy enough the first time. As a matter of fact, I didn’t buy enough the first 3 times. But you can buy it online for under $5 for three yards.
Instructions, if you are so inclined to attempt this project:
Measure the height of your walls. Unfold your cheesecloth and cut it into panels that equal the height of your walls. Be very careful to cut the cloth as straight as possible.
This is definitely a two person job. One person (the taller one) holds up the cheesecloth to the top of the walls as evenly as possible. The other person then tacks down the corners and a few spots in the middle of the cheesecloth panel with a very saturated paint roller.
Once the corners are tacked in place, just fill in the rest of the panel with paint. Easy part.
For the smaller pieces above and below windows and doors, we trimmed the cheesecloth to size first, and then painted it on with a mini paint roller (4”). I do not recommend brushing at all (except for the edges if you need to), as even the softest brush will pull the cheesecloth and make it look wonky.
We overlapped each panel slightly. I love the aged look it creates. Small wrinkles and creases are okay too, they add more character.
So it’s a simple concept: cut the cheesecloth to fit, hold it up to the wall and paint it on.
What do you think? Would you ever try this at home?