Textured wallpaper is one of those under rated products that is finally having it’s day. The last few years it’s improved so much, it is a great substitute for beadboard, tin, or even plaster! There are so many different textures and patterns available, and many of them are paintable. More important to us DIY’ers? It isn’t just for walls! We did some research and found some great ideas for using textured wallpaper to create really creative DIY projects. And there are so many choices, from textured brick wallpaper, to grasscloth, paintable beadboard wallpaper, and even embossed Anaglypta and Lincrusta. Modern, farmhouse, traditional… there is something for every style. So where can you use it and save yourself from cutting and installing lumber, tin, plaster and other products? (Or worse, paying someone else to install it?) We’re glad you asked…
Textured Wallpaper Ideas
Paintable Textured Wallpaper Projects
‘Pretty Life Girls‘ did a full makeover on this Ikea nightstand with paintable textured wallpaper and chalk paint. Whoa, right? Nothing boring about this project! Easy to follow tutorial, anyone can do this!
You can use that exact same tutorial to makeover a dresser with embossed wallpaper just like they did over at ‘BHG‘.
‘Jenna Sue Designs‘ used white textured wallpaper and spray adhesive to makeover this simple cabinet. She has tons of step by step photos, and even tells you what worked, and what didn’t in this project. Remember, this paper is paintable too!
‘Young House Love‘ used textured wallpaper to make a faux tin ceiling. Genius!
This dresser looked beyond repair in the before photos from Pamela Field via ‘Hometalk‘. But she removed the warped veneer and gave this piece new life with some textured wallpaper and pewter paint. She tells you exactly how she renovated this piece in her tutorial. It has cool antiquey look!
This desk from ‘Brushed by Brandy‘ was made for her niece, and actually won an award! It pairs textured wallpaper on the drawers fronts with a pretty B&W stripe pattern painted onto the sides. Go check out the photo of the entire finished desk! She also has tons of similar furniture makeover projects her site and You Tube channel.
So if you want to use your textured wallpaper on your walls (novel idea, right?) then try this tutorial from Diane at ‘In My Own Style‘ on how to get it right. She has tons of tips on how to put this type of paper up without destroying the embossed nature of it.
Now you can use that last tutorial and be inspired by these next photos that use paintable textured wallpaper as the star of the room.
Anaglypta and Lincrusta were the original textured wallpapers, founded in the late 1800’s. This Anaglypta paper is painted a deep teal. Photo by ‘Dear Designer‘.
Another Anaglypta papered wall painted a deep charcoal. Photo by ‘World of Wallpaper‘.
Grasscloth DIY Projects
Grasscloth, or even faux grasscloth has made a huge comeback. With subtle texture and earth tone colors, you can add elegance and sophistication to almost any project! This DIY headboard uses two hollow core doors and one roll of grasscloth, so it’s budget friendly too! Tutorial from ‘House & Home‘.
Have old, outdated grasscloth walls? No problem. Did you know you can paint it? Follow these step by step instructions from ‘Sarah M Levy‘.
Diane from ‘In My Own Style‘ shows us how to save money by using faux grasscloth on an accent wall. She shows you how to hang this paper, including tips on cutting around existing molding.
Here is an example of using grasscloth wallpaper in a bathroom to add texture. Love the navy blue contrasting with the white shiplap! From ‘Susan W Interiors‘.
Textured Brick Wallpaper Ideas
You can use textured brick wallpaper to create cool effects on walls and on furniture. ‘Honeycomb Home‘ made this custom fireplace surround using the wallpaper as a faux brick accent. Not only do they have a full tutorial, in case you want to do this exact project, but you could also use this idea to accent other areas in your home.
This brick accent wall idea above kitchen cabinets is from ‘Lark & Linen Interiors‘. We have no idea if this is real brick, or textured brick wallpaper, but who would know? DIY backsplash idea?
‘Fall for DIY‘ used textured brick wallpaper and a clever trick to make her wallpaper removable! (Even though it wasn’t the removable type!) Perfect idea for renters who want a brick accent wall. Go check out how she did it!
Beadboard Wallpaper Ideas
Create a modern farmhouse bathroom (or any room!) with this beadboard textured wallpaper tutorial from ‘Joyfully Growing‘. They even show you how they made that wood trim rail!
Finally, ‘Shabby Love‘ used beadboard wallpaper to create that cottage look in her kitchen. She did walls and cabinets doors as well. Great makeover!
Where to Buy Textured Wallpaper
You may not be able to find much of a selection of textured wallpaper at you local home improvement store. No worries, we found some great choices that can be ordered online, so you can have a custom look with your DIY project.
You can find this pretty 3D paintable embossed wallpaper in a damask pattern at ‘Joss & Main‘. Obviously, you can paint it any color and use it for any wallpaper project. Over 500 5-star reviews for this paper!
This pattern & color is so fresh and pretty! This goes to show that just because you buy white textured wallpaper, doesn’t mean it has to stay that way! This paintable embossed wallpaper is from ‘Joss + Main‘.
This embossed wallpaper is a great example of all the amazing patterns out there… it isn’t just the antique looking styles, there are more modern textured wallpaper choices as well. Find this at ‘All Modern‘.
Find this beadboard wallpaper at ‘Wayfair‘. Of course, this is 100% paintable! Another one with hundreds of great 5-star reviews!
Note : This post has been freshened with updated projects.
Image Credits: Jenna Sue Design, Pretty Life Girls, BHG, Young House Love, Hometalk, Brushed by Brandy, In My Own Style, Dear Designer, World of Wallpaper, House & Home, Sarah M Levy, In My Own Style, Susan W Interiors, Honeycomb Home, Lark & Linen Interiors, Fall for DIY