Whether moving into a new abode or redecorating the existing home dressing the walls is probably one of the first decor items that one chooses to accomplish. Most people contemplate between two common choices of either paint or wallpaper. By being a bit creative and stepping outside of the norm one can achieve beautifully adorned walls to decorate any abode.
With imagination one can dress up the walls with alternatives to the common paint or wall covering.
Painting the walls in a fresh color is the easiest option but perhaps not the most exciting, and most landlords frown upon one painting anything but a shade of white. By utilizing imaginative techniques repurposing items that may already be in one's possession unique and beautiful wall coverings can be created to get the abode dressed to impress.
Create a collage to cover the walls by turning pages from old books of poetry, Shakespeare, children's stories and coffee table books into lovely wall covering. Dictionary pages and pages from old encyclopedias, newspapers, playbills, magazines, or comics will turn a wall into a showpieces as well as maps, stationary, old blueprints, music sheets, post cards and signage. Even brown paper bags, placemats, or coins and shells can also be used as fun wall applications.
Wall coverings can be fashioned glued directly to the wall or attached to be easily removed in a rental or dorm room situation.
With the many items that can be repurposed to dress up the walls there are permanent and transitional alternatives to use to attach the new wall covering. Those who are renting may not have a choice at all but still long to dress up a wall to make the home their own.
Much like wallpaper items can be placed directly onto the wall with glue or a decoupage technique.
Gather the needed supplies to start and complete the project.
- Wallpaper liner
- Paint tray
- Plastic tarp
- Decoupage glue
- Large brush
- Mat knife
Cut the wallpaper liner to the height of the walls adding a couple of inches to overlap at the bottom and top. Wallpaper liner is good for covering uneven surfaces, and paneled walls. This will also make it easy to remove, for future redecorating.
- Paint wallpaper glue onto the back of the liner and attach it to the wall.
- Use the smoothing tool to smooth out any bubbles and allow it to dry overnight.
Time to dress up the walls with the chosen material. Pages of books can be glued in even rows, overlapped slightly, or staggered in a random pattern. Simple brown paper bags can be torn into irregular pieces, keeping them all about the size of a hand or a little larger. Pieces should be overlapped when glued down.
- Lay the paper that you decided to use into the paint tray face down. Place tray on top of a plastic tarp to control mess.
- Paint a thin, even coat of decoupage glue over the entire back of your decorative paper with your paint brush.
- Smooth the individual pieces onto the wall, on top of the wallpaper liner, with your smoother, starting at the top of the wall and working down.
- Overlap each new piece of paper by about 1/4 inch. Continue until you have covered the wall.
- Paint a thin coat of decoupage glue over the collaged wall.
- Allow to dry for four to six hours before touching.
- When dry, trim your edges at the floor and ceiling.
For a non permanent wall covering, adorn the walls in a solution that can be removed in a flash.
An alternative to using wallpaper liner is to use rolls of brown kraft paper that to apply the decoupage decor to first and then simply attached to the wall in a fashion that allows for easy removal.
- Cut the brown paper to the height of your walls with a couple of additional inches added to the top and bottom.
- Lay the paper on a flat surface such as the floor and glue down the collage pieces to cover the paper as one would when covering the liner on the wall.
- Hang the paper by using 3M poster mounting strips at the top and bottom and trim the edges. This can easily be removed with no damage to the walls.
Scrapbooking paper squares make a beautifully covered wall that can easily be removed as well.
Decorative scrapbooking paper squares will create a quilt effect look on the walls giving them a quality designer look.
- Purchase decorative scrapbooking paper squares in the same size at a craft supply store.
- Patch the squares meeting the edges evenly together and join the squares on the backside with tape to create a sheet large enough to cover the wall.
- Hang the patchwork on the wall with the 3M poster mounting strips attached to the top and bottom edges.
Get even more creative by mixing up pages to give the walls a unique designer touch.
Add dimension to the walls by mixing it up. If decorating with black and white print, such as newspaper, produce an accent effect by using color magazine pages cut in strips placed on top to reflect the look of a crown molding or 36-inches up from the floor for a chair rail appearance. The similar molding effect can also be achieved with a stripe of black paint.
Turn the walls into a work of designer art. Then have fun dressing up the abode with great furnishings. Have fun creating and never be afraid to dance!
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