DIY Wallpaper

June 24, 2015 / By / Post a Comment

I live in a sun room and the privacy/curtain situation has been a bit of a struggle. We put curtains up when I first moved in so I at least had some privacy but the plan to put something more aesthetically pleasing took longer than expected. I originally looked into window film but that was a little too pricey for the amount of area I needed to cover and since Laissez Flair is a non-profit, I don’t exactly have a large budget for these projects. I then looked at patterned contact paper but that would leave a film and since I rent my apartment, I needed something more temporary. After hours of research, I finally came across some articles on DIY fabric wallpaper. Apparently lots of military families use this as they rent places depending on where they are stationed. The best part is you don’t have to search far for the tools needed; you may already have them in your house: corn starch and fabric. You could use sheets, curtains, a table cloth or whatever other pretty fabric you may have lying around (try to stick to natural fibers-they adhere better). I followed these directions for the actual process but made my own liquid corn starch concoction from here. I bought this fabric from Ebay for about $5/yard. They had only 7 yards which is exactly what I needed so there was no room for error. The whole process took about 2 hours which included prep time. I definitely recommend having someone help you as this is more of a two person job. When it’s time to move or you’re ready for a change, simply use warm water to peel off. I must say I am extremely pleased with the results. Not only do I have the privacy I want but it also still allows sunlight to filter into the rest of my apartment and it serves as a great accent wall.

Make sure you iron the fabric before adhering it to your surface to minimize wrinkles and provide a smoother application.

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