DIY Stamped Wall that Looks Like Wallpaper

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Wallpaper has been on trend for several years and it can be found in several homes. Wallpaper is also expensive and the cost of using it can add up quickly. I’m sharing how to order a custom stamp and create your own DIY stamped wall that looks just like wallpaper.

Learn how to make a DIY stamped wall with a custom stamp - ours a nautical theme for our baby's nursery wall.

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While I love white walls, one wall in our playroom felt so incomplete. I debated adding millwork but ultimately found myself researching wallpaper. I had an image in my mind of what I wanted but I couldn’t find a wallpaper design that I loved. So I started thinking about how I could create it myself and that’s how the diy stamped wall came to life. I’ve seen sponge walls and freehanded murals, but repetitive patterns stamped on the wall? Nope. Then I scoured the internet for coastal stamps but everything was nautical and belonged in a scrapbook. I finally found a shop on Etsy that creates custom stamps with access to a large selection of images. Want to learn how to stamp a wall? All ideas are possible with a little imagination.

This white playroom wall was missing something - it felt bland and boring, so we decided to create a DIY stamped wall with a nautical theme.
Before Image of the Playroom.

How to Create a DIY Stamped Wall

Selecting a Custom Stamp

There are a few things to keep in mind when selecting a stamp. Do you want a small repeating pattern? Or a large and spaced out pattern? Also, do you want it to look sketched or solid? When you look through the image library for the custom stamp, these are things to think about. For me, I preferred the organic appearance of a sketched look.

The front of the custom sailboat stamp I had created on Etsy. We'll use this stamp to create a pattern on the wall that resembles wallpaper, but for less cost.
This custom stamp is a simple sailboat outline pattern that we'll use to create the DIY stamped wall in my kids' playroom.

Tips + Tricks for Wall Stamping

Practice on poster boards and hang them on the wall to determine the spacing you prefer. Avoid getting too much paint on your stamp, you will end up with smudges if it’s too applied too thick. Create a spacer and use it to guarantee that you have the pattern evenly spaced.

A DIY stamped wall with a simple sailboat pattern. I love the way this stamped wall almost looks like wallpaper, but for a fraction of the cost.

Mistakes I Made When Creating the DIY Stamped Wall

I made the mistake of rushing the project and I lost track of my spacing technique. Repeat after me, do not do this. Make sure you space the stamp evenly throughout the process. A few mistakes will happen and that’s fine, but an entire row that is not spaced correctly will stand out.

Excited kids and mom jumping on the bed in the playroom in front of the DIY stamped wall.
Mom and kids enjoying playtime on the day bed in the playroom in front of the DIY stamped wall.
Notice the spacing in the top left of this image. It is closer together compared to the right side of the image. Therefore, I painted over it and stamped it again after taking these photos.

If you make a mistake, you can paint over it and stamp it again. However, avoid what happened to me and know the exact color of the walls. I made the mistake of painting over a few stamps with the wrong color of white and had to paint over the entire wall, then stamp the wall again.

Items Used for Stamping the Wall

  1. I ordered this 4″x4″ stamp.
  2. I used this paint in Blissful Blue (this color is unavailable, but here’s a similar shade)

Walls are painted Extra White by Sherwin Williams.

I used Ceramcoat Blissful Blue paint for the sailboat stamp on our DIY stamped walls.

Steps for Creating the Stamped Wall

  1. Determine spacing for the stamped pattern. I tested several spacing ideas on poster board until I found a repeating pattern that I liked. Then I used a spacer aka a toy lid. Another option, go through and mark where the top of the stamp will hit.
  2. Apply paint to stamp with a roller. It helps to squirt the paint on a surface (I used poster board), then roll a small amount of paint on the roller first.
  3. In one solid motion, firmly place the stamp on the wall. Then use a spacer and continue down the line.
  4. Reapply paint with a roller and repeat until finished.
  5. If you find yourself with areas that the stamp will not fit, wait until the end and slice the stamp from the wood backing. Then you can maneuver the stamp to fit in tough to reach spaces.
Use a small paint roller to apply the paint to the stamp before stamping on the wall.
Firmly apply the stamp to the wall, following the spaced out pattern you planned out.
I love the sailboat pattern stamped on our DIY stamped wall in the kids playroom! It's the perfect nautical touch to this fun room.
We created this DIY stamped wall as an accent wall in the kids playroom - it looks similar to wallpaper but was done at a fraction of the cost!

DIY Stamped Wall

DIY Stamped Wall

If you want to replicate the look of wallpaper at a fraction of the cost, try this DIY stamped wall method! I created this sailboat stamp for a fun accent wall in our kids' playroom. Learn how I did it.

Active Time 2 hours
Total Time 2 hours
Difficulty Easy
Estimated Cost $30

Instructions

    1. Determine spacing for the stamped pattern. I tested several
      spacing ideas on poster board until I found a repeating pattern that I liked. Then I used a spacer aka a toy lid. Another option, go through and mark where the top of the stamp will hit.
    2. Apply paint to stamp with a roller. It helps to squirt the paint on a surface (I used poster board), then roll a small amount of paint on
      the roller first.
    3. In one solid motion, firmly place the stamp on the wall. Then use a spacer and continue down the line.
    4. Reapply paint with a roller and repeat until finished.
    5. If you find yourself with areas that the stamp will not fit, wait until the end and slice the stamp from the wood backing. Then you can maneuver the stamp to fit in tough to reach spaces.  

What do you think? I love how it turned out! It’s unique and looks like real wallpaper. The best part? I can easily change it when we grow tired of the pattern! Happy stamping!

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