Stamping designs on walls

prabha100November 16, 2010

My first gardenweb post ever! We're redoing a small bathroom and I want to have a pattern on the wall but don't want to have to hang wall paper. I saw a piece in This Old House, Oct 2010, I think, where they used rubber stamps to stamp a pattern on the wall. That sounds neat! Has anybody done this and where can one buy large enough stamps in the US? The piece only listed a UK source. Thanks a ton!

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I've seen this done on decorating shows using hand carved or cut stamps. A stencil would be an alternative.

How large a stamp are you looking for?

    Bookmark   November 16, 2010 at 7:53AM
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Stamping or stenciling would be a great alternative to wallpaper -- cheaper, easier, and no peeling!

I've been thinking about doing some stenciling in my house (when I get some other projects done). I hadn't really considered using stamps, although now that I think about it, my mother used stamps in a bathroom in a summer cottage we had when I was a kid. I think she made her own stamps, but I'm not sure out of what. It came out well, though, and gave it just the right rustic/primitive/cottage-y look.

One advantage of stencils over stamps would be that you could do multi-colored designs. Also, I think there's a greater variety of ready-made stencils available, including some historical designs (colonial, Arts & Crafts, Shaker, etc.). Try looking on eBay for stamps and stencils. Just be sure that the scale of the design is right - it can be hard to tell from photos.

Is this the article on wall stamping that you mentioned?

Here is a link that might be useful: This Old House Wall Stamping Article

    Bookmark   November 16, 2010 at 1:09PM
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What a neat idea. I hate wallpaper but the stamping looks like a good idea. I found a site that sells some good options. The one from the previous post stamps are from England.

Here is a link that might be useful: Hot potatoe stamps

    Bookmark   November 19, 2010 at 7:00AM
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Thanks Izzie for the link to Hot Potatoes. Their stamps look smaller than what I'm looking for, but I'll poke around their site. I'd like stamps that are at least 4 inches across. I'd probably go for circular ones.
Stenciling is a great idea too. And it might be easier to find large enough stencils.


    Bookmark   November 26, 2010 at 3:23PM
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WOWIE! Dilettante, I love those English stamps -- especially the Classic and the Christmas ones. To me, well worth the extra postage to get them.

Prabha, looking at a couple of the English stamps I liked, I noticed you can get them in three sizes, the largest is 4 inches, so maybe that would work for you after all. They are gorgeous. Here's the actual site

Here is a link that might be useful: English stamps

    Bookmark   December 3, 2010 at 1:20PM
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Thanks Dog Lover. (I love dogs too!) English Stamps does have the best looking stamps around. I was hoping to avoid paying more for postage, but if I can't find US source stamps that are as good looking, I'd spring for the postage.

    Bookmark   December 11, 2010 at 8:44PM
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stamping is actually good idea ..... try for designer and art rubber stamps, for sure you will find the large size rubber stamp , stilll you can order the size you want , they have niche in manufacturing custom made rubber stamp.

Here is a link that might be useful: Art Rubber Stamps

    Bookmark   February 9, 2011 at 1:30AM
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