How to make liquid wallpaper yourself? Instruction with full description
Recently, liquid wallpaper has been gaining popularity among materials for wall decoration. And there are reasons for this:
- Harmless to the outside world.
- There is no smell when working with them.
- They have sound and heat insulating properties.
- No joints when applied to walls.
- The damaged area can be easily replaced.
Unfortunately, not everyone has the opportunity to purchase liquid wallpaper in the store because of their price. But there is a more affordable option – to make them yourself.
In production, the main component of liquid wallpaper are fibers of textiles, cellulose, silk and other similar materials. Wallpaper glue acts as a binder. For the manufacture of wallpaper at home, you can, of course, order in specialized stores himki-remont-kvartir.ru natural or synthetic fibers, any kind of thread. So they will be as close as possible to the liquid wallpaper sold. Here, the cheapest and most affordable materials will be considered as a filler, which you may not have to buy – these are paper and sawdust.
What tools and materials will you need?
In principle, any paper, even cardboard, and sawdust will go for liquid wallpaper. Just consider:
- cardboard is a dense material, so you need to cut it finely and keep it in water longer than ordinary paper to swell;
- liquid wallpaper made of painted paper (gives a gray color) is best tinted in dark tones;
- sawdust should be as small as possible.
To make liquid wallpaper yourself, you need the following components:
- paper (sawdust);
- gypsum (putty);
- PVA glue;
The paper to be used is shredded by any available method (shredder, scissors or hands). The smaller the pieces of paper, the faster and better it will dissolve in water.
Of the tools you will need:
- container for kneading;
- drill or screwdriver with a mixer;
- putty knife;
How to make liquid wallpaper?
Below are the proportions calculated for the treatment of an area of 4-5 m2.
1 kg of paper is poured with 5 liters of warm water, mixed and left to swell for 4 hours. The degree of paper softening is assessed visually.
Then 0.5 kg of PVA glue and various additives (pigment, glitters, cut fibers) are added to the resulting mass. Everything is mixed, 0.5 kg of gypsum (putty) is poured and mixed again.
You can get to work. In the same way, liquid wallpaper is made from sawdust. The only digression will be at the very end. Having added PVA glue and additives to the swollen sawdust, all this must be closed and left for 12 hours. And only before the very beginning of application, gypsum (putty) is poured onto the walls and mixed.
How to work with liquid wallpaper?
First, liquid wallpaper is glued in the corners from corner to center, and then distributed over the rest of the area. The principle of application is almost the same as for putties. The mixture is collected by hand or with a spatula, transferred directly to the wall or to the tool, and then to the wall and evenly distributed. Wallpaper is glued in small portions, which are added to those already on the wall.
When working, the float should be positioned at an angle of 10-150 in relation to the wall surface for even distribution of the material. You don’t need to apply a lot of effort, just enough light pressure to get the required layer. After filling a small section of the wall, a trowel soaked in water is carried over the surface of the applied wallpaper to level out irregularities. And so, section by section.
As you can see, it is not difficult to make liquid wallpaper yourself, and it is also economically profitable, because you can take paper or sawdust as the main component, which does not require special material costs.