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How To Recreate Expensive Chinoiserie Wallpaper On A Budget

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Instead of paying for expensive Chinoiserie wallpaper, learn how to make your own with these step-by-step instructions for recreating DIY Chinoiserie wallpaper.

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I love the look of Chinoiserie wall paper and have always wanted to have a dining room with walls covered in a beautiful nature-inspired pattern with a metallic background (like the one below).

Chinoiserie wallpaper as shown by Beacon Hill and Corey Damen Jenkins at Dining By Design, New York, 2015
Chinoiserie wallpaper as shown by Beacon Hill and Corey Damen Jenkins at Dining By Design, New York, 2015

Since I don’t have a dining room in my current house, I knew I would have to come up with another plan.

Not to mention that these wallpapers are incredibly expensive!

Enter paint, glaze, a stencil, some time, and the following instructions on recreating a DIY Chinoiserie wallpaper on a budget.

The Background

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Hallway with DIY Chinoiserie painting

I decided to add my version of Chinoiserie to the long hallway that leads to the guest bath and bedroom. The perfect place to add some interest to the wall!

It was already painted a light periwinkle color which was fine with me as the base coat.  (If I was doing a dining room, I would probably pick a darker color to add a little more depth to the finished product).

Next, I painted on a layer of silver paint.

Then I used a large Japanese Cherry Tree stencil with different colors of stencil paint for the flowers, leaves, and trunk.

Finally, I stenciled a couple of birds and butterflies into the scene.  Adding silver and crystal sconces were the final touch for creating the glamorous look.

One big advantage of painting the scene instead of using wallpaper is that you can choose whatever colors go with your decor, and you have complete control over how much or how little pattern you want.

What You Need To Paint A Chinoiserie Wall

– (Optional) Paint in a base color (in this case periwinkle).  This is only required if you want to change the base color of your wall.

Blue Gray Paint


Metallic Paint* (Silver in this case)







Other Stencils You May Like:

Steps For Painting a Chinoiserie Wall

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1.  If you are changing the base color of your wall, paint the wall with the new color and let it dry.

2.  Paint the undiluted glaze over the entire wall using one of the sponge brushes.  The sponge brush helps prevent brush marks but don’t be too worried about being perfect…differences in the glaze coverage will add to the effect.

3.  Wait until the glaze is completely dry, at least 24 hours.

4.  Decide on the pattern that you want to create with the stencil.  In my case, I used the Japanese Cherry branch twice…one with the end of the branch close to the ceiling, and one slightly lower and to the right (but overlapping).

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5.  Use the blue painter’s tape to attach the stencil to the wall in the first location, by taping all sides of the stencil to the wall.

6.  Use the second sponge brush to paint the branches in the stencil.  Do not put too much paint on the brush to prevent it from bleeding under the stencil.  You can blot excess paint from the brush on a paper towel before painting the wall.

7.  Use one of the stencil brushes to paint the flowers with the darker pink color.  Again, make sure not to use too much paint.  To get the two-tone flower effect, only paint the top half of some flowers.  Paint some of the smaller flowers or buds completely with this darker color.  Leave some of the larger ones empty so that they can be painted with the light pink color.

8.  Use another of the stencil brushes to paint the rest of the flowers with the lighter pink color.  Fill in the rest of the half-painted flowers from the step above, as well as any of the flowers that you have not yet painted with this color.

9.  Let the stencil paint dry.

10.  Move the stencil to the next position and repeat the same paint steps.

11. If you are adding birds and/or butterflies, use the same steps to position those stencils and paint with the blue paint.

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