UPDATE: FINISHED! Total cost for complete redo: under $1,000.
Supplies per average size room: 1 42 lb tub of drywall spackling; 1 gallon of white-ish latex paint; 1 roll of brick patterned wallpaper; 4 inch paint brush; 4 inch spackling trowel --something that has a little bit of give and is not too stiff.
You don't need to cover your furniture because painting with a brush doesn't spatter the paint like a roller. I didn't even have to move our furniture out--just away from the wall to paint behind then put it right back.
Step 1--cut wallpaper into pieces that look typical of what it looks like when plaster falls from an old building. Paste it to the wall in random places. No wallpaper is wasted as pieces can be applied anywhere
Step 2--Paint walls. Use the 4" brush and make it sloppy. You don't want it completely smooth. You want some of the old wall color to show and you want brush strokes.
Step 3-- after paint has dried, apply spackling around the wallpaper and spread it out from there. Apply as much or as little as you want. Don't make it smooth--keep it rough looking. Furthermore, the white of the spackling will likely be a different white from your paint. This is good--it provides another dimension.
You're done. Wow! So easy, huh? For us, we like the Mexican look with a little bit of Caribbean Beach house tossed in here and there. But this look will work with modern or French, Italian, or even English farmhouse.
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