Sunday, January 13, 2013

Temporary Wall Treatment

I have to confess...I enjoy wallpaper.  My first wall treatment, as a newly wed, was to wallpaper an accent wall in my Master Bedroom.  Wallpaper would enhance our first family home, until it went out of style and I covered it with texture.  Once again wallpaper is making a come back.  As in the past it can be very costly, and something you wouldn't want to invest in for a temporary housing.

What can you do?  I needed something that I could add to the walls and yet also remove easily when vacating our rental housing.  In comes fabric wallpapering.  No, it isn't the fabric covered walls of the 80's which I also did, but gluing fabric on the walls with liquid starch.  I am seeing it mentioned all over the place, even in the recent issue of Mary Jane's Farm.

Here is how I have used it in my own home.
I cut the flowers from the left over fabric from my curtains.  I spray starched the flower to make them stiff.

I painted liquid starch over the flowers to attach them to the wall.

They can easily be pulled from the wall leaving the painted, textured walls in tact.

The same method is used for a full wall. You apply the fabric to the wall with liquid starch for the glue.  When you are ready to leave or change, you seemly pull the fabric from the wall.  The fabric can be washed and used again on other projects.

Now for me to find a full wall...or room, to fabric wallpaper.


  1. This is a perfect idea for our little cottage.
    Wall paper is way to much but a touch of it will be just the thing. And it's so simple!
    Thank you!

  2. I really like what you did in that little room Janette...sure have missed you...have a wonderful week..gotta add a post to my blog tomorrow..Blessings my friend.

  3. This looks really cool! I remember my sister-in-law once took a sheet and applied it to a wall. But I like how you used the cut out flowers!

  4. Janette
    This is too cute.
    I never in a million years would've thought
    of using fabric as an accent like this!
    Thanks for the tip.

  5. that's brilliant! you think of the most
    creative touches.

    i can't even imagine what would be in
    a "come to oklahoma" commercial :)
    but thanks for thinking of me!

  6. Wonderful Idea!!! That wall looks beautiful!
    Do you by chance remember the pattern name of the fabric? It would look cute in my house too ;^)
    Blessings to you,


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