Not Just for Walls: 10 Affordable & Renter-Friendly Ways To Use Wallpaper

Not Just for Walls: 10 Affordable & Renter-Friendly Ways To Use Wallpaper

Amelia Lawrence
Sep 22, 2017
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Maybe you've been eyeballing a roll of Pottok Prints wallpaper but can't fathom spending hundreds, if not thousands, of dollars covering the walls of your living room. Or maybe you've recently wallpapered your bathroom and have a few extra feet left over. Regardless, if you love wallpaper, and have the urge to add texture and pattern to your space, you'll love these DIY ideas using wallpaper samples, leftovers, and single rolls.

(Above) Add some mid-century modern color to an otherwise boring set of shelves. Start by painting simple wooden wine crates, and then add your favorite wallpaper pattern (like this one) to the back of each crate for an extra pop like these shelves seen on Schoner-Wohnen.

As Joanna, founder of Cup of Jo, puts it, "...Committing to [wallpaper] floor to ceiling can get expensive," and we couldn't agree more. Why not pick up a few affordable (and often times free!) samples, and frame them? Can't decide on which one to buy? Grab a few and easily switch them out when you want to change up your decor.

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In similar fashion, Brittni Mehlhoff of Paper & Stitch, used a cutdown wallpaper sample from Kelly Wearstler that would typically run you $500-plus a roll. But if you think outside of the box, you can have a new Kelly Wearstler Design DIY art piece for $4 (plus a frame).

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Better Homes & Gardens shares a bookcase-turned-service-cart makeover featuring a bold wallpaper exterior. Remove the glass doors, sand, clean, and paint a bright coordinating color, and then cover in wallpaper after it dries! A quick furniture upgrade and statement piece for any kitchen that doesn't break the bank.

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See how A Beautiful Mess made over a set of nightstands by replacing the original legs, adding brass details, and of course, covering the drawers with a fun green leaf adhesive (and removable!) wallpaper. Adhesive wallpapers are great for creating custom pieces without the mess of wallpaper glue or Mod Podge.

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If you're not up for power tools or extensive DIY projects, but still love green leaf prints, do as Anna from In Honor of Design does: Pick up a roll of your favorite adhesive wallpaper and line the exterior and interior of your dresser using scissors or an Xacto knife, and use a plastic pan scraper to help push out any bubbles.

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If you're feeling ambitious, take on your appliances as Aunt Peaches does. She's done it twice now, so that makes her an expert on wallpapering appliances. See how she gave her fridge a wallpaper "party dress," and go forth and dress your own appliances! And don't worry about messes–many wallpaper panels are stain finish and can withstand being wiped down.

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Grasscloth counts as wallpaper, right? Lindsey Macrae shares her Manhattan entryway closet refresh over on Design*Sponge. She uses a roll of grasscloth wallpaper and painted paneling to totally transform her space.

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Kara at Kailo Chic uses a fun wallpaper sample to create a custom and adorable wall clock to match her colorful home decor. Customizing your home never felt so attainable and affordable as it does when you consider wallpapering your furniture and decor.

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Sneak a little color into your home decor with these circular shelves created by Teri over at The Lovely Drawer. When you live in a rental, wallpapering walls usually isn't an option, but Teri found a way to enhance her walls without damaging them.

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