Decorate Walls without Paint

As I was researching for an interior design presentation I am giving to the University of Utah Mom's Club, I came across this very cool site! Rentaldecorating.com

This page: Decorate Walls without Paint listed some great ideas of how to decorate without paint.

This page: How to Cluster Wall Art the first tip I ever blogged about!

This page: The Quick Fix Fabric on Walls gave directions on how to apply fabric as wallpaper to walls using starch.

Here are their directions, which someday I hope to be able to try out for myself! But in the meantime, I thought I would pass the information along to you!



The Quick Fix Fabric on Walls
Removable Wallpaper Using Fabric and Starch

If you want to add life to your white walls, try wallpapering your walls with fabric!
Placing fabric on your walls is a simple process, as a matter of fact, it is just like wallpapering except you are using fabric and starch which allow you to easily remove and reuse as needed.

Before we begin, decide which walls you would like to "fabric". Do you want to cover the whole wall, or would you prefer to go up half a wall and apply a border trim? You may choose to create a collage of color and place a decorative frame around it, or use the fabric to create a wall mural.

If being budget conscious is necessary for you, understand that fabric prices vary and could actually run into quite a bit of money depending on your tastes - this can be easily remedied by discount fabric stores and clearance sales.

The good news is when you remove the fabric from the wall, all you will need to do is wash it. It can be easily re-used for another craft project, good as new!

Keeping all that in mind - let's get busy. These simple instructions will help you apply and remove your fabric.

Materials:
  • LINIT® Starch OR LINIT® Starch-n-Crafts™ Stiffener
  • Fabric
  • Clean sponge or paint roller
  • Pan
Process:
  1. Wash the wall to remove any dirt or film.
  2. Lightweight fabrics, such as polished cottons, ginghams, and chintzes, are easiest to use. Measure from the floor to the ceiling and add a couple extra inches.
  3. Cut the fabric accordingly. If fabric has a design, be sure to match the design before cutting the next panel as when using wallpaper.
  4. Pour starch into a clean pan or paint pan or spray on if using stiffener (see Tip section if using spray stiffener). Apply starch to the top half of the wall with a sponge, paint roller or spray on if using spray stiffener.
  5. Smooth fabric into place at the top of the wall, leaving about one inch to be trimmed later. Use push pins to hold the fabric temporarily in place. Apply more starch going down the wall as needed until you get to the floor, leave approximately one inch overlap at floor level.
  6. Apply starch to the top of the fabric, brushing and smoothing the fabric in place to remove bubbles and wrinkles. Be sure the starch penetrates the fabric evenly.
  7. Work your way down the panel, continuing to sponge or spray starch onto the wall, smoothing the fabric, and applying more starch.
  8. Position the second panel, matching the design along the edge. Repeat steps.
  9. Around windows and doors, leave a one inch overlap as with the ceiling and floor.
  10. Fabric overlap should be cut when the fabric is completely dry. It will then cut clean and easily and any shrinkage will have occurred before you trim.
When Using Stiffener in Spray Bottle: Be sure to mask edges of ceiling & floor to avoid over spray.
To Remove Fabric From Wall: Peel one corner loose, then gently begin to peel the fabric off of the wall panel by panel. If the fabric does not peel easily, dampen the fabric with water using a wet sponge and it should come right off.
Whether you choose to cover your entire wall or only a portion, you will enjoy the look of a professionally decorated room, without the permanence of paint or wallpaper!

Comments

disillusioned said…
My mom has used this technique quite a few times--and currently has fabric hanging in her bedroom using just this technique. It's overall pretty easy (I would say it's easier than hanging actual wall paper--and less permanent, so if you mess up you can peel off and try again). The hardest part was lining up the fabric.

Mary P.
Canvas Prints said…
Thanks for posting this! I think it's very useful Definitely something new to try.

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