Thursday, April 14, 2011

How To Use Fabric As Temporary Wall Paper

Have you ever rented a place that never quite felt like home because of all the white wall ins the house?  I have always hated having white walls in our rental places, so I learned how to use fabric as wall paper. This is a great alternative because it is easy to come down when it's time to move and it will look like nothing was ever placed on the walls. I put a fabric piece up in my kitchen. Here is what it looks like:

Here's how you can decorate with fabric as well:

What You Will Need
Liquid Starch
Ruler or Measuring Tape
Paint Roller

Step One: Find out exactly what size of fabric you will need. Measure the wall from top to bottom and then from side to side. Add an extra inch to each side of the fabric. Write it down so you have the info when you go to pick out your fabric.

Step Two: Find the fabric that you would like to use for the wall. Be picky. Know when you buy it that is something you will like to see everyday. It is removable but why go through all the trouble? Love the fabric or pick something else. Simple.

Step Three: Clear the area around the wall. You don't want the room and the furniture in it to get messy.

Step Four: Apply fabric to wall. Pour starch into a clean paint pan. Apply starch to the top half of the wall with a sponge. Apply starch to the top of the fabric, smoothing fabric in place to remove wrinkles. Be sure the starch is put on evenly. Then work your way down the panel. Continue with the next piece of fabric.

Step Five: Trim the excess fabric around the edges. Wait until the fabric is dry before doing this step.

Step Six: Sit back and enjoy your new wall decor!

To Remove Fabric: Peel one corner loose, then peel the fabric off of the wall. If the fabric does not come off right away use a little water to dampen the fabric and it should come off.

(By the way, I have to admit the wall decor on this post was actually put up with clear thumb tacks. I'll get to the starch thing eventually;) )

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