Look! Painting Embossed Wallpaper

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ATLA readers Jason and Lori shared the doors they'd transformed in their new house. Lori did them herself using embossed wallpaper and paint. She'd been inspired by door panels she'd seen when she and Jason were house hunting. She shared the how-tos with us. Instructions after the jump.

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  • Begin with embossed paintable wallpaper, applied to the surface (in this case the door panels) with wallpaper glue and allowed to cure (fully dry) for a week.
  • Using a good quality brush, about 1 1/2" to 2" wide, paint on a thin coat of the first paint color. Lori used “metallic” paint from Behr, available at Home Depot. This will become the paint on the “raised” part of the design.
  • Allow this first coat to dry for about 4 hours.
  • Thin second coat (Use latex paint in your choice of colour) with faux glaze so that the resulting mixture loses some of it opacity.
  • Paint on this second coat of paint.
  • Immediately and carefully, using a piece of paper (newspaper or “loose leaf” paper work here) and working in sections, blot the second coat of paint to remove it from the raised portion.
  • If necessary, go back and touch up the raised portion with the metallic paint.
  • It’s a good idea to practice the technique – especially the painting and blotting portions – to find your rhythm before applying the wallpaper to your surface. All embossed wallpapers are not created equal.
  • When you’re finished, step back and admire your work!

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