Decorating With Wallpaper Remnants

Decorating With Wallpaper Remnants

Leah Moss
Aug 23, 2010

All you small-budget, color and pattern-lovers, don't despair! Last week, Abby showed us how to shake up our homes with a can of paint, and today we're talking about a close wallet-friendly relative: wallpaper. Many high-impact projects can be pulled off with a roll of pretty paper, and some showstoppers require just a few happy remnants.

• Awkward bump-outs can be made into happy focal points and destinations with a strip of wallpaper. While I'm not usually a fan of faux-nature prints, I'm loving this stone pattern that anchors the little reading spot.
Create a wallpaper border. No, not as in grapevines and roosters. Modern, graphic paper above a strip of molding makes a happy impact in a small space like this hallway in Monique and Richard's Apartment at a Glance. It's a great solution for adding pattern without overwhelming a room.
Cover a piece of furniture. Wallpaper remnants can spice up a run of the mill piece. There are many methods to apply the paper depending on the type of furniture, but the two most popular methods seem to be 1) apply mod podge or other type of gel medium to the top of the furniture, place the paper on top, and flatten with a dry roller brush, wait until that dries and then seal with another coat of mod podge. 2) Affix paper to the furniture with a thin layer of craft glue, flatten with a dry roller brush, cover with a layer of clear polyurethane.
• The second method can be applied to your stair risers, too. Helen's gorgeous stair makeover has seen its fair share of fame. You can check out the full before and after over at Design*Sponge.
Cover the inside of a lamp. Add a little unexpected pop to a a humdrum lampshade with a strip of wallpaper glued to the inside with a glue gun.
Wallpaper the inside of cabinets or shelves. Every time I see this look, I try to think of another place in my home to do it. Wallpaper strips can be applied with paste or even double-sided tape.
Patchwork wall. Perhaps a little too country or shabby-chic for many of us, but the quilt-like pattern can spice up a room with relatively little effort or money. For a how-to, check out Better Homes & Gardens.
Wallpaper Headboard. Martha Stewart used the lines of the pattern as her guide when it came to cutting out the pattern for the headboard. Check out her full post Wallpaper Headboard.
• And that crafty Martha also used wallpaper remnants as picture mats in the post Prints with Custom Patterned Mats.
Wallpaper decals. In case you missed it during Home Hacks month, check out the talented Misty Adair's post on creating custom decals with wallpaper remnants.

Images: 1: Ideal Home; 2: Apartment Therapy: SF; 3: Ladies Home Journal; 4: Better Homes & Gardens; 5: design*sponge; 6: Christina Coop's home via Better Homes & Gardens; 7,9: Country Living, 8:Better Homes & Gardens, 10,11:Martha Stewart, 12:Misty Adair for Apartment Therapy

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