10 Textured Wallpaper Projects

Textured wallpaper is one of those under rated products that is finally having it’s day. The last few years it’s improved so much, it is a great substitute for bead-board, tin, or even plaster! There are so many different textures and patterns available, and many of them can be painted over. More important to us DIY’ers? It isn’t just for walls! We did some research and found some really great ideas for using this product as a less expensive, less intensive DIY project. So where can you use it and save yourself from cutting and installing lumber, tin, plaster and other products? (Or worse, paying someone else to install it!) We’re glad you asked…




‘Prairie Perch’ made their DIY wallpapered headboard with a roll of paintable wallpaper, and a cheap slab door. Simple tutorial! And it can be repainted later on if you redecorate…



‘Burlap to Pearls’ created a DIY faux tin backsplash with textured wallpaper. Their tutorial explains how they antiqued it as well.



‘Shabby 2 Uniquely Chic’ used textured wallpaper on a dresser makeover…and shabby chic it is! What a romantic piece of furniture.



This textured wallpaper is a great example of all the amazing patterns out there… it isn’t just the antique looking styles, there are more modern choices as well.



Lovely Crafty Home‘ applied textured wallpaper to stairs. I would love this painted!



‘Thrifty Decor Chick’ created this wallpaper art… Think of all the effects you could create with different colors…




Use textured wallpaper as wainscoting instead of expensive paneling…such great detail! Like carved plaster…



Young House Love‘ used textured wallpaper to faux a tin ceiling. Genius!



Finally, ‘Shabby Love‘ used beadboard wallpaper to create that cottage look in her kitchen. She did walls and cabinets doors as well. Great makeover!


Image Credits: Prairie Perch, Joss and Main, Burlap to Pearls, Shabby 2 Uniquely Chic, All Modern, Lovely Crafty Home, Thrifty Decor Chick, I Want, Young House Love, Shabby Love



  1. December 13, 2017 / 10:53 pm

    Nice Pic and very attractive content and beautiful decor kept up work……..

  2. Rhonda
    October 25, 2015 / 7:18 am

    I did this with the beadboard on all my kitchen cabinets since I beach themed my house. Love it. Turned out perfect. Also painted the inside of my kitchen cabinets turquoise.

  3. Sheila
    October 23, 2015 / 4:58 am

    Another caution. These papers are thick and they will nick easily.

    • Lvtig1
      March 6, 2016 / 11:09 am

      I was thinking of using on kitchen cabinets like the example above, however after locating some at Lowes, I discovered it nicks very easily and would not hold up in a heavily used kitchen. Very disappointing since it would look so great and would not add thickness to the cabinets.

  4. Rob
    October 22, 2015 / 8:21 am

    Kathy, Do you have any idea who makes the textured paper featured as wainscoting in the photo with the red bird light? Great post, thank you, Rob

    • Kathy Woodard
      October 28, 2015 / 3:20 pm

      I’m afraid not Rob! Wish I did!

  5. traci
    October 22, 2015 / 7:43 am

    We’ve used the beadboard as well as the wavy retro print. The raised print is foam so I wouldn’t use it in a high traffic area, especially with pets and kids because it can easy be damaged. The two prints we used were not pre-paste but still went up very easily (although the retro print was difficult to line up to my husband’s OCD standards) and an xacto worked perfectly to cut the roll.

  6. Lalaine
    April 18, 2015 / 7:09 pm

    Just asking where can we find a good wall paper like the pictures

    • Kathy Woodard
      May 21, 2015 / 8:23 pm

      Try Amazon or ask at your local decor shop… they can point you in the right direction!

  7. March 23, 2015 / 8:50 pm

    I’ve been using embossed paper now for 17 years on furniture. I love it.
    On my pinterest page Daniella Burnett under my very own dyi I have lots of examples

  8. Kirsten
    February 3, 2015 / 10:04 am

    just beware of one thing… If you have cats, the like to sharpen claws on this stuff! Big bummer when that happens…

  9. Wow Wallpaper Hanging
    December 17, 2014 / 9:20 pm

    I love your creative ideas when it comes to using anaglypta wallpaper.
    We often hang it on ceilings in the older houses in Brisbane as a way to disguise ugly ceilings that would otherwise be a mission to paint.
    I love that there are so many designs to choose, from the more traditional designs to the more modern ones. You are really only limited by the paint finish you choose whether that be a solid colour or a faux finish.

  10. Betty819
    June 19, 2014 / 8:19 pm

    What great ideas! I’ve known about this textured wallpaper since it first was introduced to Home Improvement stores. I have a 1964 Clothes hamper and over 50 plus years the vinyl covering has yellowed with age, and it was down in my MIL’s basement where it was damp so it’s kind of rusty some places. They don’t make clothes hampers like this one and I was thinking of trying some of that textured wallpaper on it or spray paint it or try Annie Sloan chalk paint. It was a wedding gift from one of my sisters and she used her Top Value or S&H green stamps to purchase it with. That meant more to me then the $500 the other sister gave me toward my wedding reception. I’ve been reminded of that wedding reception gift for 50 years, as if I wasn’t greatful for it. Duh!

    Another idea I had for using that textured wallpaper was on our master bathroom walls. When the previous owner put the house on the market in 2005, he hired some” fly by night” workers/painters. There had been wallpaper on it but it was really old like late 1970’s and they tried to get it off but it was too time consuming and they were under time restraints so they just painted over it with latex paint. You can still see some of the wallpaper edges. I’ve either got to sand all the walls down or use a textured paint but thought about the textured wallpaper.

    What about using it on a headboard? I have a beautiful headboard that has beautiful silk like material on it that was made about 15 years ago. Since my DH has taken over that bedroom, the natural oil from his hair has ruined the silk cover. I bet I could strip the existing headboard and use the textured wallpaper on it. Paint it to match the bedding or wall color.???Do you think that would work? I love all your ideas for this that you gave.

    • Mary Walker
      August 10, 2014 / 11:45 pm

      In the Kansas City MO area, which stores carry this?

    • Vena
      August 28, 2014 / 1:43 pm

      I bought condo with wallpaper all over and just put up the textured stuff over it and painted it. You just have to make sure all the seams and edges are glued down-so much easier than scraping!

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