Living in a rental is not my ideal situation, but I’ve learned to make the best of the space that I have and still make the customizations that I want. One of the best ways to customize a space is with a fun accent wall, and for renters who cannot paint or apply wallpaper, removable wallpaper is king! I wanted to create a completely customized accent wall without painting it, so instead, I created customized removable wallpaper using a form of solid-colored contact paper.
Fun fact: Autumn Leaves was the first jazz standard I learned on guitar back in high school, when I though learning to play jazz guitar would make me cool and get girlfriends. It's a pretty basic song, and a good one to teach a 15-year-old me how to do a chord melody, which, on a guitar, is where you play a song's chords and melody at the same time, and ... hey, isn't this supposed to be a DIY blog!?
Right. So, anyway (no, I didn't...
The front wall of our living room needed something. It was just begging for an accent wall, but we weren't sure what sort of material. Until we found Timberchic, a company that creates reclaimed wood specifically to be placed on the wall. It would lend a bit of a rustic feel to a space desperately searching for an identity, and some much-needed textural interest. Click through to find out how it turned out - and to learn how to do it yourself.
I am kind of obsessed with home design. Ever since I've had a place to myself, I've used my downtime to do something with the house. And creating something out of a mass of rejects is usually my weapon of choice.
Other than a few key pieces of furniture, everything at my place is always either a DIY project, has undergone a makeover, or been picked up second-hand. I think it's a genetic defect to not be able to accept a mass-produced product without letting it suffer through a rebirth.
When we moved into my now-apartment, I immediately knew I wanted a statement wall for my bedroom and everything else could happen around it. So I painted it. Hated it. Repainted it. Googled for inspiration. Came up with nothing. Thought some more. Questioned why the universe was conspiring against me. And then I knew what I had to do.
Stamping. And that's how I went from this:
I don't know what I love more - the drawn scallop print on the wall, or the wooden scallops that were put on shortly after. This accent wall is stunning and, amazingly, looks super easy to recreate.
Move over, wallpaper. Take a hike, paint! There's a new accent wall treatment in town -- and it's green from head to toe.
This dining room already has a lot going for it: gorgeous floors, great light, and a beautiful Mid-Century sideboard. So, what could make it better? Even more wood!
Looking to introduce some texture into your home? Here's a unique twist on the ol' accent wall!
If you've got $15, a steady hand, and a bit of patience, you can turn a boring wall like this...
Instead of the run-of-the-mill baby nurseries that are in every catalog out there, this mom-to-be wanted her little guy's nursery to have something extra that would stand out and grow up with the baby. That called for something a little more masculine than Winnie the Pooh.