Everyone is very interested in the ceiling treatment shown in yesterday’s post. I don’t blame ‘em! Heather and I were also. So we’ve been scheming on the best way to accomplish this project. We came up with two different suggestions.
1. Heather used to hang wallpaper for a living. The worst job she ever had (according to her.) Anywho…..she does know all the ups and downs of this sort of thing.
This will only work on a smooth or (wall) textured ceiling. NOT popcorn. FIRST, in pencil draw the outline of your frame. Then, PRIME the area with a……and this is important……wallpaper primer with a SIZING in it. The SIZING is very very important. IT is what gives the surface a little extra tack and allows the paper to stick. The primer is what will allow you to scrap the paper off if you ever get tired of it. THEN…….the only thing that we could come up with, since you are using old old vintage paper, is to decoupage the paper to the ceiling. Wallpaper paste or white glue probably won’t work. You will probably find that the paper just disintegrates or falls apart if you use anything else. How to apply the frame to the ceiling?? Construction glue or screw it to the ceiling.
2. And this idea is the one that we think would probably work the best. Use a piece of thin wood cut to fit your frame. Cut your hole in the middle for your ceiling fixture. Prime as suggested above. Glue your vintage paper directly to the wood leaving a flap at all four corners unpasted. Glue your frame over the finished board using construction adhesive. Screw the entire piece to your ceiling at all four corners. Using a little extra glue, paste the flaps over the screws to disguise them. Hang your fixture………….You’re a genius! And it looks incredible! If you ever want to take it down, you just have a few holes to patch and paint over!
If anyone decides to try this, we would love to know. We would both love to try it in our homes but it will be awhile. Hope these suggestions work for you. The second one definitely sounds the easiest.
Heather also suggested using double stick tape to adhere your pages. This way, you could overlap your pages a little to achieve that almost curled or worn edge look. Whether you decide to tape them directly to the ceiling or use a piece of thin wood, we would still recommend the primer with sizing. You would probably want that extra tack.
Wouldn’t this also look cute with different scrapes of vintage wallpaper. Cut into various sizes to form a patchwork pattern??