Friend o' Curbly Jessica Jones says, "I couldn't stand our boring white door anymore. Something had to be done. So over the weekend, we wallpapered it with a big, fun piece of fabric. I love it. And it's useful, too. There are four white doors in this corner of the apartment—bedroom, bathroom, coat closet, and outer door—and sometimes departing guests get confused about which one they came through. Now we'll just tell them to exit through the village."
Unless you've been living under a rock, you've probably noticed the wool felt craze that's been going on the last year or two. People are using it to make pretty much everything imaginable, from simple circular coasters to laser-cut rugs and now: geometric wall tiles!
The trouble with renting apartments is that they often come with a "no painting" clause in the contract. This is truly the bane of my renting existence, but hope is not lost! When Interior Designer Stephanie Sabbe found herself with walls with a bad case of the "no-paint blahs", and put herself right to work. The result is something that would also make my walls very happy.
Many of the "before and after" projects we feature are stark contrasts: obvious improvements that border on jaw-dropping (fantasy playroom or party garage, anyone?). So today, I'd like to present a makeover where the "before" isn't necessarily bad, just a different style.
Font decorating hasn't captivated me, until now. These four rooms, dressed up in graphic font wallpapers by the Italian company Wall and Deco, have me rethinking this whole font decor thing. These walls add just the right character (Ha!, no pun intended) and would provide hours of obsessive word searching. Oh! Get a load of that duvet and pillow combo. Scrumptious.
Chances are, if your home was built or redecorated in the late 80's, you've got some wallpaper that needs to be removed. I've done my fair share of wallpaper stripping, wall washing, patching and wallpaper hanging. For about 10 minutes I even considered starting my own wallpapering business. Ha! That was short lived, but I did learn a thing or two about prepping walls. May I share?
Wallpaper, IMO, should be outlawed*. At least wallpaper that doesn't look like Typology from Wall & Deco. Although it looks 3D, it's actually
Easy, cheap, easily customizable and easy to change, you can't go wrong with striping your walls. Take a look.
Sarah from a little of this, a little of that blog had visions of installing crisp white beadboard in her powder room. Wisdom got the best of her and she realized that taking on that project might be more than she could handle. She discovered there is beadboard wallpaper that would give her the look, for less.Less money, less work.
I have been pining over Harri Koskinen's Frekvenssi wallpaper for Marimekko (pictured below) since I saw it ages ago in a magazine. I decided that I must use the wallcovering in my new place. Since I am currently renting, I thought of purchasing a bolt and framing it. Then, I thought of the cost and quickly changed my mind. I was determined to find a low cost way to use the wallcovering.
I looked at the sample realizing that the...
Re-doing a flea market dresser (or a plain white Ikea number, as pictured) doesn't have to be a time-sucking drag. If you've got two measly hours and a few feet of interestingly patterned wallpaper, you're halfway there.
Are you living in a leased space and your landlord forbids painting, wallpapering, and hammering into his precious walls? And are the blank walls are driving you nuts? Here's a simple, easily reversible way to wallpaper your wall with fabric and strip it right off when you move. It's so simple, ReadyMade
Strike me dead! I swore I'd never apply or remove another inch of wallpaper for the rest of my life. HOWEVER, with the snazzy wallpapered ceilings I've been seeing, I may have to eat my words.
One thing I heard people buzzing about at the Decorators Showhouse was the grasscloth wallpaper in one of the rooms.(It was as if they hadn't ever painstakingly peeled grasscloth off of their front hallway walls.) Nevertheless, grasscloth does add nice texture to the walls
Wallpaper is clearly not just for walls anymore. If we needed any more proof, check out this before and after of a rickety bar cart Sarah snagged off Craigslist. Some reinforcing, wood filler and a couple of shots of WD--40 in the squeaky bits took care of the mechanical problems. For the aesthetics, paint and wallpaper.
The first time I used fabric to make "wallpaper" was when I was working on a nightstand for ApartmentTherapy's January Jumpstart project. I realized I could photocopy the fabric I was using to upholster the outside, and adhere the paper version of it on the inside of the nightstand.
Abby's use of wallpaper to turn this sad dressing table into a lovely piece of furniture is an exciting technique to add to our quiver of tricks to turn secondhand items into chic additions to our homes.
If you're trying to achieve that modern, textural, wood wall look, here are some scrap wood walls to consider for your nature loving self. Here, the woodworker has made good use of scrap wood, even though the project was a bit labor intense. But look at the results! It wouldn't be nearly as attractive if the room was overfilled with furniture and dust catching tchotkes. The sparse furnishings complement the dynamic wall.
Local friend and blogger Lesley of The Design File has gathered up 6 alternative wall applications to liven up the dreaded blank wall. Inspired by an episode of Diving Design,
A traditional wall, by definition (I think), is a two-dimensional surface. By extension, wallpaper, traditionally, is also a two-dimensional deal.
At least, it used to be. "Designer Kicki Edgren Nyborg has decided that wallpapers shouldn’t be boring and repetitive. Instead they should be interactive, functional and whimsical. As far as functionality goes, her “Off the Wall” wallpaper is able to house lighting and storage. Her second design, “...