Do you love the look of wallpaper but prefer paint? You can have both with Rollerwall — an embossed paint roller that rolls a design onto your wall. It comes in 146 different patterns, per my count, including lots that look very retro. In fact, this product had a 1950s precursor. It’s shown below, in an ad that we featured as part of an Anne Taintor contest specially for Retro Renovation — I believe the original advertisement was for a “Sherwin-Williams Kem-Tone Applikay” roller.

A 1950s precursor — Kem-Tone Applikay roller. This is contestant Richard S.’s entry in special Anne Taintor contest. And hey, see a 1954 TV commercial for the Applikay system here.

Thanks to Natasha for this tip. She wrote:

Hi there,
I’m redoing my kitchen and stumbled upon this flashback product that I can’t believe is still on the market! It’s called rollerwall and it’s a paint roller (kinda like the old kem-tone rollers) that makes a pattern as you go. And the patterns…. so many classic retro patterns to choose from it makes me giddy 🙂

There are two videos on YouTube that show this project in action:


I might just try this in my husband’s bathroom!

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