Barkskin Ceiling Project

Give your ceiling a unique look and texture with this design idea.
Give your ceiling a unique look and texture with this design idea.
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  • Tape measure
  • Barkskin®
  • Roman's R-35 wallpaper prep
  • Pre-mixed wallpaper glue
  • Paint-roller and tray
  • Paintbrush
  • Damp sponge
  • Plastic smoother
  • Utility knife
  • Straight-edge
  • Chalk line

Prep Work Required

  1. Paint ceiling a base-coat color similar in color to the Barkskin® you will be using.
  2. Measure the ceiling's square footage to determine the amount of Barkskin® required to cover entire surface.
  3. Use the measuring tape, straight-edge and utility knife to cut the Barkskin® into squares of equal size.
  4. Apply wallpaper - cutting for wall or ceiling surface beforehand - and let dry.

Barkskin® Ceiling Project


  1. Find center point of ceiling by creating diagonal lines that form an X in the center of the ceiling. This can be done easily by extending the chalk line from corner to corner and snapping the chalk onto the ceiling.
  2. Now, place Barkskin® (pattern side down) on a clean work surface. Pour pre-mixed glue into paint-roller tray. Using a paint-roller or brush, apply glue to the back of the Barkskin®. It’s best to use a thin, even coat of glue.
  3. Allow glue to set (drying time will vary according to the type of glue used), then wipe off excess glue with a dry brush or sponge.
  4. Align four corners of Barkskin® along the four diagonal lines at center of ceiling. Apply Barkskin® to surface, and smooth lightly with hands. Flatten any wrinkles with the plastic smoother.
  5. Repeat steps 5-7 above, working outward from central Barkskin® piece in a clockwise direction until surface is completely covered. Use a utility knife to cut off excess paper that goes beyond intended surface.
  6. Don’t worry if the ceiling looks imperfect. The slight gaps or overlaps of the Barkskin® will only complement the irregularities of the Barkskin® itself and add to the room’s rustic look overall.