How to Create a Patina Background Using Paintable Wallpaper and Paint

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2 Hours

I recently purchased a used armoire for $50. It had a huge hole in the back; probably for a TV at one time. I wanted to use it as a hutch. I removed the top doors, and created a pretty diy background.

I'm going to show you how to create a

beautiful background using paintable wallpaper and paint. This background can be used for whatever kind of project you want! So easy!

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I decided particle board would be the easiest material to use to cover the hole in the back of the armoire. My husband purchased a sheet at Lowes, and cut it down to size.

Attaching plywood

we attached the plywood on the inside of the armoire using a cordless drill and screws.


we places a screw in each corner, and one in the center at both the top and bottom of the plywood.

This is a view from the outside back of the armoire. It gives you an idea of the hole we covered.

Paintable wallpaper

I had this roll of paintable wallpaper leftover from another project. I liked the pattern, and decided it would be great for this project.

cutting the wallpaper

I measured the area I planned to cover with the wallpaper. After doing so, I cut two pieces of wallpaper, one for the top and one for the bottom. I made sure to line them up, before painting to see if they matched up right.

Painting the wallpaper

I wanted a patina, tin-ish kind of look. To achieve this, I first applied House&Canvas chalk paint, in River Rock, to both sheets of wallpaper. This is a really pretty grey; and was perfect for this project!

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After I applied the grey paint, the wallpaper looked like this. I let it dry completely before applying the white paint.

Applying white paint

in order to create a patina look, I applied a good amount of paint on my round brush. I wanted it to have a textured feel; and decided using a blotting effect would work.

Blotting the paint

I literally blotted the white paint on top of the grey. I did this all over both sheets of wallpaper.

Finished effect

after the paint has dried, you should have a pretty patina appearance. I used House&Canvas clear wax to seal it.

Completed project

I used tacky glue to attach the wallpaper. I chose this method because I had it on hand, and it holds up well.

I really love the white patina against the wood!

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  • Lorraine
    on May 25, 2020

    I love this! I'm inspired to try it on an old wreck of a small dining room table I'm refurbishing. Do you think it would hold up if I used an adequate amount of varathane? Was thinking I could even get a glass cover for it. Thanks!

    • Kathy
      on May 29, 2020

      Glass would do it for sure. I have a roll of this paper I bought at a garage sale.

  • Pineapple
    on Feb 16, 2021

    Wait, did you paint the wallpaper before putting it on the plywood? You didn’t show how you put the wallpaper on the wood.

  • Amy Aube
    Amy Aube
    on Feb 23, 2021

    Very pretty. I wonder if I could use a metallic paint to make it look like tin tiles? Great inspiration!

    • Lynn
      on Feb 23, 2021

      Yes you can. I painted mine with a copper paint. It looked like cooper tiles on my ceiling. I loved it. 😀

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