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Fabric facelifts 3: upholstered wall project

Have you ever thought about having an upholstered wall? It is quite rare but some of you will love it for its Parisian Chic look! The good news is that the elegance it creates comes at very little cost - especially when you search for cheap curtain fabrics online. In our guide to upholstery and fabric facelifts, this is one of the easiest projects you can do - even when you have no experience whatsoever.

Upholstering for the first time

Some basic sewing skills will help and a no fear approach to using a staple gun; take a look below to see exactly how it is done. First though - more about the look you will achieve and what décor will compliment it. Inspired by Parisian salons, the upholstered wall has a glamorous feel and looks best with polished wooden flooring (medium or dark tone) and mid-century modern furnishings and accessories.

Get the colour right too by choosing something with Parisian Chic - we recommend a powder blue using vinyl material that is durable and easy to maintain. The other benefit of course to vinyl fabric is that it imitates leather really well - at more than half the price of course! This is what you will need for the upholstered wall project: Measuring Tape, muslin, fabric scissors, enough fabric to do the project - we recommend vinyl, a sewing machine, some thread, pins, ½ inch plywood sheets (take measurements beforehand), brackets to link the panels, batting to give a double layer, a hot-glue gun, staple gun, electric screwdriver with drill and driver parts, No 12 washers, No 8 oval head screws that are long enough to go through panels and into the wall.

1) Measure The Wall

Use inches when measuring the wall you wish to upholster, taking measurements of both the height and width. With the tufted effect squares, you will also have to decide on a measurement how big you wish them to be and then measure the diagonal from opposite corners. Take this measurement and divide both the width and length of your wall with it; then multiply it to determine how many squares you will need. Now you can measure and cut your plywood, linking them together with a bracket at each end and screws.

2) Purchasing Fabric

Before you buy, make sure you have measured to include enough fabric for the seams of each square - this is just another inch of either side of your height and width measurements. Use your muslin to make templates and then cut out your fabric. There is no harm in buying a little extra fabric in case you run short or make an error.

3) Start Sewing

Pin the squares together to make rows, then stitch along ½ inch seam allowances - finally sewing each of the rows together. Do a back-stitch to make each intersection stronger.

4) Apply The Batting

Use hot glue to attach the batting to the plywood; start with one layer and then do a second if you want to have that tufted appearance.

5) Fabric To Batting

Once the batting is secure to the plywood, take your fabric piece and stretch it over, stapling it down on the backside of one corner. Then, continue by pulling the fabric in the direction of the opposite, diagonal corner - making sure it is tight. Finally, complete by stretching to the other corners and staple into place.

6) The Final Point

Take your upholstered plywood and put it in place to the wall. In one corner, drill a pilot hole through one of the intersections; with a screw and a washer, work it through the pilot hole and then take the drill so that it is fixed to the wall. For more interior design ideas and fabric facelifts, follow our posts for the remainder of the week - there is plenty more to excite you with!

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