Easy Wallpaper Art

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Do you love wallpaper (or wallcovering as we in the design field like to call it) but don't want to commit the  time, energy, and money to wallpapering a room? Or does the actual commitment to such a bold design move give you hives? Or maybe you rent your home, and you aren't allowed to use wallpaper. 

Here's the solution...use wallpaper as art! And even better, you can re-use home improvement leftovers as your wall paper base!

Here are some ideas that I came up with to use as a base for your art:
  • an artist's canvas
  • a wood sheet cut to the desired size
  • nominal lumber (1x1's would work great) fastened into a square or rectangle.
  • rigid foam insulation
And guess what, I didn't use any of these ideas! I wanted to create some more art for my master bedroom, and I had a yard sample of wallpaper in my new color--coral! For my base, I used a preformed foam trim rectangle molding piece! We had it leftover from creating a decorative wainscot base in our dining room--and these molding pieces had been handing out in our garage for, um, years. The wallcovering had been a sample from work, and since I had the foam molding on hand, this project was FREE--the best cost of a project! 

Here's what you need:

foam molding (for the size I had, I had enough wallcovering for 2 (18"x24" rectangles)
1 yard sample of wallpaper/wallcovering
upholstery staple gun

Lay out how you want the pattern of the wallpaper to go on your trim (or whatever substrate you are using). Cut your pieces of wallpaper. I didn't trim the pieces until I had them partially stapled down.

Line up a piece of wall paper onto the molding piece.If you've ever re-upholstered a seat of a chair, then you can probably guess what happens next. Staple one or two staples into one side (the long side) then pull tight (make sure you're straight) and staple the opposite side. 

You want to make sure that you staple in the thickest part of the trim if it varies like mine did, and make sure your staples aren't too big--you don't want the staples to go all the way through to the "front." Go back and forth between the two long sides until you've got the whole side stapled, pulling tight each time. Then fold over the short sides. You can start trimming at this point, and remember to tuck in the corners, like you're wrapping a gift. Then alternate between the ends, stapling each side, pulling tight.

Not only is this light weight art, but the molding makes for a built-in place to rest the artwork on a nail in the wall--no hanging hardware needed!

I cannot wait to share with you my finished master bedroom! I'm really loving all the new coral touches!


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