Anaglypta how to glam up your ceiling with a few $ and some awkward moves Phoenix Restoration

Anaglypta how to glam up your ceiling with a few $ and some awkward moves Phoenix Restoration

Anaglypta: how to glam up your ceiling with a few $ and some awkward moves

March 20, 2014 by phoenixrestoration

For those that know me personally, you know that this project is old news. When I did the project a couple of years ago, I wasnt blogging, so I thought I would share with my readers now, especially since Im gearing up for my master bedroom makeover reveal that Ive made zero progress on! It wont take me long the hard stuff is already done Im just waiting on my campaign dresser to sell because the proceeds will be allocated toward all of the new textiles required for my design.

My inspiration to write about this came while I was watching Income Property this past weekend (love that show, that guy is brilliant). The subject house in the episode was an old victorian with some beautiful original details that the owner wanted to preserve.  One of the unique details the host pointed out was the anaglypta on the walls. Neither I, nor my walking-dictionary-husband, had ever heard the term before, so we headed to Google. The host briefly explained it, but I was curious about the history, that Ive paraphrased here:

Anaglypta is an ornate wall covering first used by the Victorians. Its functional    purpose is to disguise rough wall surfaces, but it also has the benefit of being washable, durable and decorative. The original product was made from linen, but the modern iteration, at least the kind I used for my project, is a raised wall paper. I was excited to learn a new word and learn that I already have it in the master bedroom of my non-Victorian house!  I wouldnt describe my anaglypta as durable or washable (though it is paintable), but its on the ceiling, so it really doesnt have to be any of those things.

This update was one of the least expensive things Ive done to the house, I did it by myself, and I absolutely love the results! Below is a Googled photo of my ceiling, before.   Let me be clear that this before photo was taken prior to my purchase of the home  none of this terrible decor belongs to me, so dont judge my taste based on this photo:

Like I said, I was not blogging when I did this project so I did not document my work with before photos.

Here is my ceiling today (I purposely left out all but the ceiling so I can reveal everything with my makeover post):

So heres what I did [Warning. this is super hard work. This requires you to work with your hands above you head while balancing on furniture in an awkward position. You will get hot and messy, so open a window and make sure to dress appropriately].

1. Calculate the square footage that needs to be covered.

2. Purchase the wallpaper. I bought mine at Lowes. Heres a link to the exact product I used. Based on the size of the room, about 2.5 rolls were required ($45 worth).

3. Clear out all the clutter from your space, cut the power to the room, remove all hanging fixtures and tuck the wires into the electrical box. Leave the big furniture in place because if youre average height like I am (55),  youll need to walk on it! (my ceilings are a standard 88). If youre really smart, youll find a tall, handsome man to do all of this for you.

4. Use the leftover furniture to line up a path to walk across the length of the room and make sure that you can touch the ceiling the entire way. I used a stepstool, my bed with a table top on it (to avoid sinking in), and a dresser. I moved these with each row of paper I hung.

5. Cut one long piece of the wallpaper equal to the length of the room. Lay it down on the floor (hallway is good) and use a roller/paint tray to completely cover the wallpaper with wallpaper paste. The paste is water based so you can easily clean up any spills with a damp rag, assuming you have some type of hard floor. To transport the wallpaper to your project area, you can fold the painted sides of the paper together to keep things from getting too messy.

6. Get up on whatever system youve set up to walk on and attach the short end of the wallpaper to the ceiling, in the corner, along the edge. Allow the wallpaper to unfold (best to have help) and keep pushing it up on the ceiling as you walk across the length of the room. Straighten and work the out the air bubbles as you go. Once its up, gently go over it with a straight edge to work out any remaining bubbles. Do it right away before it dries because its fairly easily to manipulate while wet.

7. Repeat. When you get to the opening for your light, wallpaper right over it, but go back and cut out the hole as soon as you get the whole piece up.

8. When youre on the final row, you may notice that your room is not square (mine is about 2 inches wider at one end). If this is the case, cut the final piece to the length and widest width of the remaining space. Hang it and use a X-acto knife to cut off the excess.

And thats it! Just let it dry. Youll definitely want to hang crown moulding to give it a nice, clean finish, but Ill save that how-to post for another day.

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