DIY Burlap Walls

2 Materials
8 Hours

When I was planning out my living room, I knew I needed to add texture somewhere and I ultimately decided the walls were the perfect place! While the bottom half had wainscoting, I was able to add burlap to the top half, adding a unique feature to the room!
Before I started, my room looked like this.
I started by making the "glue" that would hold the burlap to the walls, which is basically just 1 part cornstarch to 8 parts water. You'll note there are a ton of lumps in my glue. It took me forever to figure out to add the water to the cornstarch (and not the cornstarch to the water.)
Then I pinned the burlap to the walls with pushpins. There are major wrinkles in my burlap, but that comes out when the glue is applied.
Then I painted the glue onto the burlap, working my way from one corner down and across.
I worked my way around the room, fully painting each piece in place. Once the "glue" was dry, the room was done.
One of the cool things about this project is that the burlap comes down really easily if you decide to change the look later.
I love how it turned out, and I'm so glad I took this route instead of painting. It's perfect for the finished room!
If you like it too, be sure to check at the full DIY Burlap Walls post! And if you love how my living room turned out, see the full reveal (with plenty of pictures!) over at A Butterfly House.

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  • Donna
    on Jan 22, 2020

    We have a “hobby farm” in Lacoochee, FL with chickens, barn cats, miscellaneous critters & a couple of ponies. Burlap of course is old timey feed sack fabric. As a seamstress I have a few different types of it. Camo, natural, etc. it looks pretty with bold lace over it too. Thanx for the idea - never would have thought to put it on the wall !

    Question tho - don’t bugs like to eat the cornstarch paste? Wondering what alternative would be best, cuz it seems the cornstarch based paste would attract roaches. Thanx again

    • Melanie M Edwards
      on Jan 25, 2020

      I use Liquid Starch,in a plastic tub,put material in,ring out,spread(do not ring out to much) on wall with your hands. It will remove easily,wipe down wall,you can wash material and reuse.

  • Dawn Fulton
    on Jan 22, 2020

    I've used this method with starch. My question is: is cornstarch better to use than starch? I know with the starch it's easy up easy off but I'm open to better ideas. Thank you

  • Tracie
    on Jan 22, 2020

    Why can't you just dip it in the paste and than squeeze out than put up .?

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  • Sue
    on Jan 22, 2020

    Holy moly,thats so pretty.

    Question,did you also paint layer of cornstarch on wall before putting up material?

    Love it.

  • Donna Fabela
    on Jan 22, 2020

    As a former foster parent I needed a way to be able to change the bedroom decor quickly and easily to fit each child and I used fabric cut outs such as dinosaur or butterflies etc. I would dip them in liquid starch and hang them on the wall. When I needed to change it, just spray with water and start again.

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