1.25.2010

Gift Wrapping Your Walls~

Just inside our back door is a little "mud" area. It's very useful...and very....drab. The minute I saw it, it made me homesick for my mini-mudroom in all it's beadboard prettiness. I put my "simplify" sign up - and it fit perfectly - but it just didn't give it the "bang" I was looking for.
(forgive the orange indoor lighting...it was evening when I started this project)


Since this is a rental home, putting up beadboard like my mini-mudroom was definitely not an option. But I had to do something.

I thought of wallpaper....but again....rental. Then I remembered something I did in my college apartment. I almost hate to admit this, because it will definitely date me. But back in my college days, wallpaper borders were the "in" thing. So, to spruce up our boring builder beige apartment, we stapled a wallpaper border along the top edge of our living room walls. The key word here being "stapled".

So I decided I would find myself a nice wallpaper that I could staple to the wall in our drab little mud area. Then, while shopping with my sister-in-law Saturday evening, I saw some uber-fabulous damask heavy weight wrapping paper in celery green. And I decided to go for the bold. Remember how I said that this house would help me push my design style in a new direction? Well, this celery green damask paper did just that!




I started by cutting pieces of the wrapping paper slightly longer than the height of each section of wall. Then I stapled them to the wall using my staple gun, and trimmed them with a razor blade. Because the paper isn't as wide as the space, I had to cut second pieces making sure to match the pattern...this part was a little trickier, but still not bad. Then I stapled them in the same way.


Now I realize that wrapping paper isn't made to withstand heavy use...and to be honest, although I think that the space is much happier, and quite pretty, I'm not sure how long I'll leave it. But the beauty of this project is how easy it is to change up. The wrapping paper was about 1/5 the cost of the wallpapers I had been looking at, so pulling it down won't hurt. If I decide down the line, that "going for the bold" is a little too much for me, I can always find a new subdued paper to replace it with.


But for now, this bright, bold damask really gives a happy punch to the dreary space...and makes me smile when I see it!

There's still time to enter the giveaway for a $75 Lisa Leonard Gift Certificate...just scroll down to the next post...drawing ends at 11:59 MST tonight!

Linking to DIY day at ASPTL.
Have a great day~

81 comments:

Heidi@TheCraftMonkey said...

wow, that really looks great! such a difference! I LOVE the color and the damask pattern

amylouwho said...

Don't even think about taking it down! I LOVE it!!! Where did you find such amazing wrapping paper?

Lorrie said...

It looks wonderful - a real punch of colour and pattern.

Eclectic Thrifty Chic said...

My goodness, that is so lovely!! It really adds that extra bit of pizazz..

Marg said...

Wow, it looks fabulous. I love the color and pattern, and doesn't it make a difference!

shelly said...

Oh my gosh!!! That is super cute! (And with wrapping paper...never would have thought to do that)

MamaBug said...

Love it! You are so creative. :D

Smullin Family said...

Ooooo, I like it..I like it a lot! I would have never thought to put wrapping paper on the wall. You're so creative.

Shannon said...

I absolutely love this!! What a fun color and pattern too.

MMW said...

What a clever idea! Who would have thought - wrapping paper.... Fantastic.

The Chubby Dove said...

Wow, that wall rocks!

Such a clever idea!!

slip4 said...

You are so creative! Your "mud area" looks fabulous!

Hattie said...

I love it! Because It's such a small area, that pattern really shines without becoming too much. I would have never thought of using wrapping paper, but it really works!

Laura said...

fabulous! i love it!!!

Sandi @the WhistleStop Cafe said...

Just what you needed.
PoP!

duchess said...

How pretty! That turned out great.

The Starr Family said...

Wow, I'm impressed, by the result and your bravery!! The paper really gave that space personality! (the matching purse looks pretty sweet itself!)

Jessica @ This Blessed Life said...

Wow, wow, WOW! Who would have thought?!

Kristina said...

Great idea...I love the way it turned out!

Brandie said...

Love it! Great idea :) I( may have to lift that one!

Jennifer Juniper said...

What big impact that gave you! Imagine that along the back of a bookshelf, or in my decorative nook in my kitchen! The possibilities!

Miss Obara said...

WOW what a transformation. That paper is quite a find...especially for "wrapping paper".
I really love how it turned out!

One Cheap B*tch said...

Everything you did fits perfectly with that space. It looks amazing!

Ashlei said...

Love this! Can you share the wrapping paper source?

Crisanne said...

Love that celery damask! One little idea... for a small space like this it is so easy to find a few yards of fantastic fabric, and then simply "wallpaper" it to the wall with liquid starch. Just paint the starch on the wall, spread on the fabric, smooth it down, and then starch on top again! When you want a change, just wet it down with warm water, peel it off and wash the wall.

Carmen said...

I love the pattern AND the color!!! It's a perfect size wall for it!

barbara@hodge:podge said...

Great idea. I too am in a rental and am always thinking of ways to spruce things up! I like that idea. I was thinking of something similar but to back my bookcases instead so it give a graphic punch without papering the walls!

Lisa @ Another Day Today said...

What kind of staples? Regular, desk-top? I had no idea you could do this...does it leave a bunch of holes to fill in when you take it down?

Oh, the possibilities this presents!!

Andrea said...

That is FAB.U.LOUS!!! And you KNOW we love details...WHERE did you find that fantastic paper? You did great...and thanks for sharing!

Lovely Little Nest said...

Oh wow, this looks fantastic! What a great idea :) Where did you get that wrapping paper??

BlueGrassandGreenTomatoes said...

Very clever... I'm impressed! I wish I had thought of that when my husband and I were living in a very drab place in the city.

Patti said...

I love this...however I think I need more specific instructions before I tackle this...How far apart are the staples? Are they visible? Great idea!

Tiffany said...

LOVE your choice of wrapping paper for the space! Looks incredible! It makes me smile! It really spruced it up and makes me want to come over and hang my coat up on that wall! Great taste you have, my friend! Nice job as always!

Taija said...

Fabulous! That looks amazing! You have the funnest style!

Isabella & Max Rooms said...

Okay, that is one great idea! It is inspiring me to think of my back entry, which is a completely uninspiring space. Little things make a huge difference! Janell

Danielle said...

Are you kidding with this?!?!? It is absolutely, positively the best idea I've seen in a long, long time!!! I will now spend the rest of the day figuring out where I can do this in my house!!

Mary said...

Personally I LOVE the juxtaposition of the bold wall pattern to the sign that says 'simplify.'

great idea!

2Belles2Beaux4me said...

Love love love your creativity! Would love love love a Lisa Leonard piece as well! :) Anita

JamesandKelsey said...

what a great idea! where did you find the paper at?

Jessie and Kyle said...

VERY creative!!

douknit2 said...

What a great way to add color without commitment! Thanks for adding a bright punch of color to this dreary January day!

Mind Your Manors said...

Would there be any way to decoupage or paste over it to make it last longer?? love it!!!

Anna See said...

zippy, fresh, and fun! you sure cheered up my dreary, rainy day here. i say keep it up and enjoy!

Nicole Carpenter said...

VERY CUTE!! That's my favorite green color...it gives a hint of vintage:)

-The Fickle Nickle

FrouFrouBritches said...

LOVE IT! WOW! I never would have thought of using wrapping paper on a wall. TOO CUTE!

Nicole said...

I love that pattern and the colors are very bright and cheerful...very cute!

Jenna said...

Oh my word, how fun is that?! LOVE the bright, bold damask! And I'm totally filing this thought away...wrapping paper - too cool!

Noelle said...

I absolutely love it! What a great color choice. Absolutely perfect for the small space. What a crazy great idea. I love how you like to make make big changes with such simple changes.

Holly said...

This is the stinkin cutest thing ever!!!

Tammy @ tinselshop.com said...

LOVE the paper! I picked up a roll of black and white damask wrapping paper a few weeks ago and have been contemplating using it under my chair rail in my front sitting room. Love the design but not sure I want to invest the $ on such a bold pattern. After seeing yours I may give it a try.

Best wishes,
Tammy

Kimm at Reinvented said...

Oh my gosh, Wendy, I think it's gorgeous! I looooove that paper, where'd you get it?

Jackie said...

Love it!!

Jenni @ nest to keep said...

This is an amazing idea! It looks fantastic! :)

nell ann said...

Super cute -- and a good way to get rid of the winter blahs. You can even change it up seasonally if you want! Or for special occasions (birthday party?). We used to wrap our dorm door in college and always thought that was fun. : )

abeachcottage.com said...

it looks fabulous!!

sarah

Allison said...

OMG SO INCREDIBLE! We are about to move and we know the move is only for one year, and I was totally dreading bland white walls. But after reading this...bland white walls be gone! This was an awesome post, thanks!

Cheryl said...

You could use fabric.... just use spray adhesive on your walls and hang it up. When it gets dirty just pull it off and wash it, iron it, and put it back up :-)easy-peasy!
~Cheryl

LuLu said...

Holy Moly you did it again! You knocked my flats off and I'm loving every tiny square inch of that wall! Be still my heart the color the punch the print can I just gush some more....
okay I will....
It is fabulouSSSSSSS
I want to paper something now....
with that paper....
I do...
it's so darn happy!!!

xo,
LuLu

LuLu said...

Okay one more thing....
I love the bold!!!
I had to add that...
i re read your post...
Love the bold
okay bye for now :)
xo,
LuLu

Marlana said...
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prashant said...

I LOVE it!!! Where did you find such amazing wrapping paper

Work from home India

jenjen said...

I love it! It really makes your space pop! So cute!
XOOX
Jen

Amber said...

I love that you went for the bold! I think pops of color can really brighten and add character to a hidden space. This spot looks lovely!

Crystal said...

Wow, I would have never thought of wrapping paper? The damask is just lovely and does add a nice punch to your mud room area.
Thanks for sharing.

Connie Weiss said...

That is exactly the BOLD I would have chosen. Great job and thanks for planting the wrapping paper seed. I rent too.

Tammy at Tattered and Timeless said...

Couldn't you cover the paper with clear contact paper to make it last longer..or even decopauge over it to make it a bit stronger? Love it.
tammy

Kristan said...

I had actually been thinking about doing wrapping paper on a wall in my apartment and I'm so excited to see it done in real life! Your project has definitely motivated me to give it a try. LOVE it!!!

sanjeet said...

- a real punch of colour and pattern.

Work from home India

Amy said...

Wow! I thought I was the only one who stapled wallpaper back in the day! My husband thought I was crazy!! I've never thought about doing wrapping paper, though! Great idea!!!

Robyn said...

HOLY COW, you are a CREATIVE AND FRUGAL GENIOUS!

Mrs Soup said...

Oh man, that wrapping paper is GORGEOUS!!

pk @ Room Remix said...

I love the paper, the idea, the sign - pretty much everything about it! Great job.

sara's art house said...

I love this idea! Good job!

pk @ Room Remix said...

Featured this in my post today. :-)

Tricia said...

How beautiful...and what a fabulous idea!

Sarah said...

Ok, in all honesty I'd never be brave enough to do this. BUT, I absolutely LOVE it! Thanks for being bold and sharing it with us.
God's blessings,
Sarah :D

Cristin said...

Look great to me!

xo,
cristin

Stephanie said...

I absolutely love the way it turned out.
Stephanie

1 Funky Woman said...

I love it, I sure wish I had an area to do that to!

Beckie said...

Thanks so much for showing how to make a rental still look like home and not something temporary.
I love this idea and many of your other ideas and am so happy to have more options besides white walls!

Tami (Pixeltrash) said...

I have used wallpaper on everything in my room (see my blog post from this week) including my table tops, as drawer liners, on shelves and as artwork, framed! But I hadn't thought about putting it on a wall. Cute idea. I get really heavy rolls of paper at my local dollar store. They often have Hallmark paper and there is a ton on the roll. I'm going to use this idea soon. Thanks!