Fabric Wallpaper on matte walls

I want to hang fabric "wallpaper" (fabric using liquid starch) in my apartment. Can I apply it to flat paint or will it mess up the walls? I have the standard "builders paint/primer" on the walls and I don't want to have any issues when I move out some time in the next 1-1 1/2 years.

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  • Janet Pizaro Janet Pizaro on Mar 13, 2018
    If you live in a apartment I would not attach anything to the wall.

  • Ken Erickson Ken Erickson on Mar 13, 2018
    I'm not sure what fabric wallpaper is, but I would put sizing on every wall you plan to put any type of wallpaper. However, if you are renting this apartment, you need to get the owner's permission to do anything to the walls. It probably will require you to restore the wall to original condition.

  • Kat8629957 Kat8629957 on Mar 13, 2018
    We rented when our son was a baby and I used double sided removeable tape to temporarily attach wallpaper to one wall of the nursery and used small dabs or poster putty another time. Note that both required some careful removal and clean up when you move out.

  • William William on Mar 13, 2018
    Use liquid starch to apply the fabric to the walls. Soak the fabric in the starch, wring it out and "wallpaper" the wall. It will peel off without damaging the wall. Just wash the walls down.

    • TC TC on Mar 13, 2018
      Thank you William!
      Will this work for the "matte" walls? I've been searching and couldn't find an answer. It seems simple and safe but I wanted to be sure.

  • William William on Mar 13, 2018
    No problem. Will work on any finish.

    • TC TC on Mar 14, 2018
      I appreciate your quick response. looks like it's time to find some fabric.