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Adding Textured Wallpaper to the Dining Area

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Sharing how I used the textured wallpaper called Anaglypta to cover a damaged wall in my kitchen dining area.

With the cooking side of the kitchen makeover complete, it was time to finally come to a decision on how to cover the rough and damaged wall surface in the dining area that was covered in painted wallpaper that was so old and dry it was cracking.

Hydrangeas on kitchen table agains white textured wallpaper

It has looked like this since the day we moved into the house a year and a half ago when I ripped off 2 pieces of the painted over wallpaper to see what was under it and found nothing good.

(The hydrangeas on the table are from a bush in my yard.  They grow naturally pink, but in my previous house they didn’t and I had to learn how to turn the Hydrangeas pink or blue.)


Here is a photo that shows the other section of wallpaper I ripped off. I knew I could not just paint the wall, it was going to need stripping and then something that would hide the uneven surface. I wanted to think on it and just let it be until last week.

How to hide a damaged wall surface

If I had a big budget and skills, we could have ripped out the sheetrock and replaced it, but that was not going to happen.  I thought of board and batten, shiplap and other wood treatments, but I felt they may be too much for the small space. I am going after an open, clean and easy breezy feel.

The wallpaper came off easily, getting all the old-fashioned wheat paste off took effort though.


After many months, I finally decided to go with textured wallpaper called Anaglypta that I found online at Home Depot and Wayfair. I did a search for inexpensive grass cloth and it came up.

I ordered two rolls of a wavy grasscloth pattern a few months ago, but sent it back. It was nice, but the pattern was too modern for my taste. When I went to return it online, a page popped up that said, “You May Like This” or something of the sort and it showed a large burlap pattern design made by the same company. I ordered it.

It is called Brooke Paintable Anaglypta and when it arrived it was exactly what I was looking for. I needed a little more than one roll, so I bought two rolls. I have leftover so you may be seeing me use it somewhere else in the house. :-)

Anaglypta textured wallpaper hanging tips

Anaglypta is an embossed wallpaper that has a permanent raised design. The thickness of the paper and raised design is what make it a good choice when you need to hide wall imperfections. It is made of white paper.

White kitchen decorating ideas

When using white in a space, having different sheen’s and textures of the color adds interest. I like the mix… seeing the high shine of the painted Carrara marble countertop against the matte texture of the wallpaper and the semi-gloss sheen on the window trim.

White kitchen with white burlap textured wallpaper

The wallpaper can be painted once. I figured if I want to add color in the future, I can paint it then.

Paintable Textured Wallpaper for a Hampton's Chic decorated kitchen

So goodbye off-white cracking wallpaper and hello bright and white.

Now that this project is done, the first floor of my house has been updated with lots of white paint and DIY’ed to fit my style.

In this space I painted the ceiling fan without removing it, painted the brown trim white and made white drapes for the sliding glass doors. 

Now that I have created the white base, I can now add the color pops I love to see around a room.  The color scheme I am using is going to be based on….

Lake view from kitchen - my decorating color palette from nature

…the colors outside… calming blues, greens and of course a few other colors like pink and turquoise.  I wish I was better at photo editing so I could get a good exposure for both the outside and inside of my house in one image.

I am in the process of making colorful chair cushions and more… so stay tuned. :-)

Paintable textured wallpaper in kitchen that hides an imperfect wall surface

Wallpapering Tips For Success When Hanging Textured Wallpaper or Anaglypta

How to hang textured Anaglypta wallpapering steps

The process to hang textured wallpaper is mostly the same as hanging regular vinyl wallpaper except for a few important differences.  Knowing these before starting will ensure you have Anaglypta textured wallpaper hanging success.

Anaglypta textured wallpaper hanging tips

  • The paper is not pre-pasted. You will need to lay out each sheet after you cut it to size and brush on wallpaper adhesive that is made for hanging thick papers. I placed a long piece of plywood on my kitchen table to do this.

Textured wallpaper anaglypta hanging tips

  • You also need to brush the wallpaper adhesive on the walls before hanging.

Textured wallpaper hanging tips for project success

  • You need to “book the paper” by folding the length onto itself so adhesive sides are together for at least 10 minutes. Be patient.
  • When smoothing the paper out with a wallpaper brush to get rid of air bubbles and creases, you have to be gentle or you will flatten the raised texture in the paper.
  • Remove excess paste on the surface of the wallpaper with a damp sponge right after you hang each piece.

Textured wallpaper hanging tips

  • Use a long straight edge and super sharp craft knife blade to trim excess paper. I waited to trim when the paper was dry. Change the knife blade frequently. A dull blade will shred the edge of the paper.

Paintable Textured Wallpaper in Kitchen

Have to ever hung textured wall coverings?  Any tips to add?

Add interest to a room's decor by using a textured wallpaper called Anaglypta. Interior decorating idea that an easy way to disguise wall surface imperfections. Wallcovering tips and tricks for paper hanging success.

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  1. I love this wallpaper! Ingenious way to hide imperfections. I can’t wait to see what ‘pop’ you are going to add. Beautiful house. I am so envious of your beautiful flowers! ;-)

  2. We used something very similar to this in our former home. The walls were 9’4″ tall and underneath was paneling. Of course because there was a seam ( added at the top to to go the tall height), we had to hide it and the paneling ‘grooves’ somehow in the large room. The wallpaper was the trick. ;-)

    Diane, I just love your approach to redecorating and restyling! It’s a lot like what I do too….on a rather limited budget. I call my ‘style’ “Decorating with paint, a prayer and fabric”. LOL

    So enjoy your blog and seeing all your changes to your wonderful home.

  3. Thanks for the information, Diane….I will absolutely keep this in mind for future projects! I was wondering though, since this is paper, does it have a tendency to shrink at all when it dries? Do you butt the seams or slightly overlap them? Love how the lake house is coming along, and your hydrangea blooms are beautiful!

  4. Diane, I am definitely going to try this wallpaper. Everything you do is beautiful. If you haven’t already got your fabric, check out All About Fabrics. See the comment under your Painted Glass Vase. I got Waverly Outdoor bright tropical print for about $4/ yard. They are open in May, only this Thursday-Friday-Saturday.

    1. Hi Patricia – Since you told me about All About Fabrics I put it on my calendar. I plan to go this weekend!!! I hope I find lots of colorful bargains.

  5. awesome once again. I see you adding a color not too far off in the future. : )
    P.S. Loved the book, thanks again!!