Brown Bagging for Faux Effect

It's true, you can use ordinary craft brown or red paper to make an interesting faux effect on walls or ceilings, known as brown bagging.

BrownBagging is a faux technique that creates another variation from using the hand-crafted torn papers. Brown Bagging can primarily be achieved in two colors - red or brown, but depending on the amount of primer and paste used different effects can be achieved.



Brown Bag

Brown Bag

Red Rosin

Red Rosin

This technique is incredibly easy and affordable, whether you decide to do it yourself or have a professional install it for you.

Using the right materials to get the desired effect is important though. It's not necessary to save up all your lunch bags for a year either. You can purchase brown paper in large rolls. Bonnye recommends:

Standard Contractor's Paper. Finish Factor brand, available in large rolls at most Lowe's Home Improvement Centers. Distributed by Trimaco, LLC. Item #126347.

Draw-Tite Clear No Run Primer/Sealer. Found at Sherwin Williams stores.

Basically, it is the chemical reaction between the paste and primer which gives the paper its mottled effect.

Brian received additional training in this faux technique from one of the main pioneers in this field - Bonnye Manning from Brown Bag Walls. 

Click here to visit Bonnye's site to learn more about the different uses of Brown Bagging and even to learn Do-It-Yourself techniques if you are interested 

Brown Bagging 

Return from BrownBagging to designer-wallcoverings home


Don't miss a thing! Sign up for our free newsletter delivered straight to your INBOX. It covers all new pages since the last issue. Sign up here...

Subscribe to our newsletter

Don't worry, Your e-mail address is totally secure.I promise to use it only to send you Hunter WallCoverings Newsletter. 

Wallpaper Installation and Removal

813 760-6651 Free Estimates

serving Hillsborough, Pinellas, Pasco and Hernando counties in Tampa Florida Designer Wallpaper & Rugs
Wallpaper Specials from Burke Decor