Paper 'Plique Instructions

First size the wall as if you were going to wallpaper
Helpful Hint: For extra easy removal of this finish
(hopefully you'll never want to do that) in the far away future...
Apply Heavy Duty Wallpaper Lining Paper to your walls,
let cure for a day then apply your torn paper.
This will allow for easier removal in the future.

Now For The Fun Part Now tape up your baseboards,
trim and ceilings as if you are going to faux.

Okay now you need your brown paper...
We use those brown throw away drop clothes you get at Home Depot...
they are cheap and easy to get.
While you are at "the depot" you will need to get some paste...
We use heavy duty clear wallpaper paste.
You probably need to go ahead and get a five gallon bucket, its pretty inexpensive.
You also need a roller and brush.
A six inch putty knife and a razor knife...
the kind you use for wall papering.
Don't forget you will also need some stain blocking acrylic sealer.

Okay now we can start.
Tear your paper into 2 to 3 ft randomly torn pieces.
( Make sure you get rid of that ugly seam that runs through those drop clothes)
Save some of the pieces with straight edges in a separate pile.
Wad the pieces up to make them crinkled.
Start in a corner if you want and work your way down.
Roll the paste on the wall pretty heavy covering an area
bigger then one of your pieces. Now Use one of the straight edge pieces,
you can put the straight edge against the ceiling so you want have to trim later.
Just lay it on the paste, trying to get the bubbles out without
stretching or tearing the paper, don't worry about the crinkles,
some will go away and more will come.
Now take a brush with some paste on it and brush gently over the top of the paper
helping to glue down some of the bigger crinkles and smooth out the bubbles.
Apply extra paste to the edges where your next piece will overlap.
now roll the area for your next piece....
Don't worry how far you overlap, just make sure the overlaps are glued down.
It is important to make sure that every little space
on the wall is covered with a piece of paper.

Now this will probably take a day to dry, so you wait and worry...
it will probably be pretty spooky looking,
although many of my customers have liked the way it looks.
Okay now its dry...Prime it with the stain blocking sealer...
and wait again, another day..........
Now the color for the basecoat depends on the faux and look you want....
decisions decisions, decisions.
Basecoat , a satin or semi-gloss finish is best here.
It is not necessary to wait a day for this to dry, but it wouldn't hurt.
Time to faux...We usually wash on a dark glaze,
(One of those soft car washing sponge works best to apply your glazes).
Then again with another darker glaze.
Below are some Color Suggestions for a Brown Leather Look
Taken From a Porter Paint Chart
Base Coat...Queens Anne Lace First Glaze...Deep Dosinia or Leather
Second Glaze...Oiled Leather or Brown Log
I suggest adding a little Ralph Lauren Gold to each of these glazes.

Here Are Some Alternate Paint Brands Sherwin Williams:
Base Coat... Fragile Beauty First Glaze..Spice Trader or Praline
2nd Glaze....Catskill Brown or Capuccino

Base Coat... White Pidgeon First Glaze..Cinnamon Suede or Maplebuff
2nd Glaze....Woodstained or Chocolate Cherry

I have given you two colors for each glaze so you can get a nice range
you should be in for a rich leather look.
Now I just hope my color charts aren't out of date.
Those paint guys like to mix things up to keep their colors top secret.
Now remove the tape from around your trim... but you have to cut it like wallpaper.
You will have overlapping paper and by now a pretty good seal around your tape,
in other words it has been both pasted and painted in place,
but it will trim up just fine.
Ta Da...hopefully now you have a breath-takingly beautiful room.
Let me know and don't hesitate to ask ,
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TIPS: Since there seems to be a lot of questions concerning Paper ‘Plique, tissue paper,
elephant skin finish or by any other name you like...
Here are a list of pointers and concerns.

You can apply the tissue or heavier brown paper the same way.
There are many ways to apply it.
With paint as your adhesive (the color of your base coat)...
With polyurethane as your adhesive (best and neater to use acrylic polyurethane) also so healthier.
My choice wall paper adhesive…heavy duty clear wallpaper paste.
Okay if you use paint, no need to base coat or seal, wait to dry and glaze.
With poly, leave it the way it is...
many people like just the look of the paper...
or base coat and glaze...
I guess you could even use the brown paper as your base as it is
and glaze straight over it, for more of an antiqued leather finish.
Using the paint and poly as an adhesive you are more likely to see your paper edges,
seams and overlap marks.
If you use wall paper paste, you really need to seal the paper after it dries.
This isn't totally necessary but the safe way to go.
Paste can crack and react with the paint or glaze,
it makes your job easier and neater if you seal the paper.
Then base coat. With this method you do not see any overlap marks seams or edges of the paper...
it looks like one big piece of leather, and is more
forgiving both in application and finishing…it is almost fool proof.
Now for all the questions concerning hanging this over wallpaper…yes you can just as if you would hang
new wallpaper over older paper, but most paperhangers-painters would not recommend this…mainly because
you need to be responsible for the surface you are working on. You do not know how well the paper
you are going over was hung. But if you make all these concerns known to your customer or it is
your own wall and want to forego the mess of paper removal then make sure all the old edges are
secure and the surface is primed or sized with the proper primer for hanging over paper.

One important thing to know if you go this route…the crinkled paper finish doesn't cover flaws,
holes or overlaps on the old paper…these all need to be fixed before hanging your crinkled paper.
Also if you are hanging over an old wallpaper border…this will most definitely show…been there
already had to fix it (turned out to be the best finish yet though).

Now if you would like to paint your paper before you hang it, or use colored paper, this is a nice look also.
Your over laps and paper edges will show (if you tear the paper after you paint it).
Use a clear adhesive like Polyurethane to apply it...
I wouldn't recommend wallpaper paste, too much work to clean the paste off
the top of the paper…use the poly and be done with it.