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How to Attach Fabric to a Wall

This wall is covered with burlap (hessian), an adaptable and economical fabric that you can purchase in quite wide quantities, which has been painted with Chalk Paint®.

  1. You will want to use fine grade hessian, as wide as possible. You will also need 2 – 4oz medium polyester wadding, a staple gun and staples, half doweling, and old or new architrave or moulding.

  2. Staple down 2 layers of 2oz polyester wadding or one layer of 4 oz over the whole wall.

  3. Cut strips of fabric as close to the length needed as possible, but allow a few inches over. Hang, stretch and staple your hessian to the wall – this is a job best done by two people. Start from the top and staple the edge of the fabric 2 or 3 times to the wall. Pull down very tight and staple three times to the bottom of the wall. Then pull to both sides and repeat. Then tackle the corners.

  4. Cut or score excess fabric with a sharp knife. 

  5. To add another length of fabric you will be putting the half doweling over the join so make certain that the fabrics are slightly overlapping or at least touching. 

  6. Apply dowelling by securing with small tacks.

  7. Fill the small dents the tacks makes and paint the dowelling with Chalk Paint®.

    This fabric wall was painted in Chalk Paint®. To find out more about this project, see Annie Sloan Paints Everything (published by CICO Books). Photography by Christopher Drake © CICO Books.


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