How to Roll on a Painted Pattern with a Rubber Stamp
Picture a cylindrical rubber stamp inked with paint—and how quickly it could jazz up your space
When a bookcase is as bland as a blank canvas, it's tempting to goose its back wall. To wake up this built-in, we removed the shelves, added a base coat of matte white latex, and used a cut-rubber design roller, in a pattern called Quills, (), to put down feathers in a semigloss finish one vertical row after another—like wallpaper. The roller creates a natural frame on all sides; to avoid this, you could roll the pattern on wallpaper liner and paste it in place. But once we'd arranged a few of our favorite things, all we could see was our built-in's lively new look.