Beyond Paint & Paper: DIY Treatments to Take Your Walls to the Next Level

Beyond Paint & Paper: DIY Treatments to Take Your Walls to the Next Level

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Carolyn Purnell
Oct 31, 2015
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Pierce's Vibrant and Playful Montréal Pad

Paint and paper are the easiest ways to spruce up a boring wall, but they aren't your only options. Click through to find inspiration, links, and tutorials for adding some oomph to a bland expanse. There are looks here to suit all styles, budgets, and DIY levels.

In the image above, inexpensive burlap (about $1-$3 per yard) adds texture and style to a dining room. Pierce adhered it to his wall with standard wallpaper glue, and SF Gate has a tutorial if you'd like to try it yourself.

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IKEA Hackers

Wood walls are nothing new, but this IKEA hack does add an interesting twist. Imagine turning your room on its axis and treating the wall like a floor. This is an easy way to get the paneled look, while still having a smooth surface.

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Domestic Imperfection

I won't give away the secret, but this faux stone wall by Domestic Imperfection uses a nifty product that allows you to get the look of stone without actually covering your walls in five inches of the stuff.

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Hooked On Houses

Using very thin sheets of plywood, Julia from Hooked On Houses replicated the look of shiplap at a fraction of the cost. She gives a very comprehensive tutorial on how to achieve the look.

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Apple a Day Beauty

Always dreamed of living in a loft or an old brick building, but you haven't been able to actually do so? Well, with some patience, elbow grease, and this tutorial from Apple a Day Beauty, you can bring the look to your current living room. It's not a simple task, and it's probably not an easy-to-change look either, but if your heart is set on brick walls, then just remember that it's probably cheaper than moving!

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Erick's Modern Organic Burbank Mix

The wall in Erick's dining nook is actually made out of reclaimed planks, but if you don't relish all the nail holes, the weighty wood, and the effort that would be necessary to get the look in your own home, there is a product that can make your life easier. Stikwood is peel-and-stick, solid wood planking that you can apply to just about any indoor surface. It's still not a renter-friendly solution, although, according to their FAQs, they are researching temporary adhesives.

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