We hung some removable wallpaper in the studio for this shot and we were all shocked at how easy it was to hang! SO much easier than real wallpaper (here are a few tutorials for that if you’re looking for some tips!)
We used the Florida Dilly Indigo Peel & Stick Wallpaper from Target’s new Opalhouse line. The absolute most important part is making sure your lines are level when you start hanging! Don’t start your first piece in a corner because most drywall is not perfectly straight. Either snap a chalkline or use a level to make a floor to ceiling pencil line a few inches away from the corner to start your first roll.
The repositionable wallpaper is SO easy because all you have to worry about is getting the seams to match up, then you can pull up the rest of the paper and smooth out any wrinkles with your arms and hands.
You can smooth out any small air bubbles using a credit card or a soft squeegee but there really weren’t that many! So different from pasted wallpaper!
I love this look for an entry space, a mudroom or laundry room! The simple block print on this specific paper is so pretty with our new punchy landscape paintings! We’ve rounded up a few of our favorites below. Have you ever used removable wallpaper before? I’m so sold! It’s the perfect solution for renters and for people like me that like to change things up regularly! :) (PS here’s another place we used removable wallpaper and loved it!)
I love how high the ceilings are in our entry, but it makes it a little bit tricky to decorate in there! The big walls just swallow up even two or three pieces of art stacked on each other.
I’m so excited to share more, but at the twelfth hour before the big shoot next week, we have decided to wallpaper the entry! I am beyond excited.
The wallpaper arrived within an hour of the wallpaper hanger today – just in time! We saved a little bit of money by prepping the walls ourselves, but I wish I could have DIYed the whole thing. I’ve hung wallpaper a bunch of times before and it’s usually a doable project, but this was definitely a job for the pros. A big part of it is we are completely out of time and this was a last minute decision, but the bottom line is I get dizzy just thinking about carefully hanging those long sheets on a 18′ ladder! It is worth every pretty penny to get to admire from afar on this one! ;)
I can’t wait to share the afters, but in the meantime, I’ll show you my inspiration photos. I LOVE how wallpaper can stand alone in a room, and how it looks so magical layered with art and other colors and patterns!
Thank you so much for your kind feedback on the Domino article! I’m so excited to start sharing the behind-the-scenes projects and ideas today!
Pax wardrobes are incredibly versatile – they’re really the perfect blank canvas when it comes to organizational furniture. Not only are the affordable shells so basic and easy to customize, but then you also have all the handy shelves, drawers, baskets and other storage accessories made to fit the Pax at your finger tips.
I am crazy over these shoe trees. Each pull-out shelf holds 16 pairs of shoes, which is nowhere near enough for this shoe-lover, but a couple of the shelves comes close to fitting my seasonal shoe needs! :)
I love how much our Pax wardrobes store, and I’m thrilled that we were able to get a more custom look with just a few changes to the Pax frames. Painting probably took the most time and labor, but I think changing the color to match the walls was a key part of making these wardrobes look less IKEA and more custom.
I’ve painted a lot of IKEA furniture in the past. Spray paint usually at least sticks and covers, but the paint will almost always chip off eventually without the right primer, which I didn’t know about until recently. With a coat or two of this miracle primer, you can layer on sprayed, rolled or brushed paint for the top coat, and it will stick – and stay – on your IKEA furniture! The brand is Zinsser, but make sure you get the shellac-based version. It is formulated for use on laminate furniture, which most primers aren’t.
Whenever I’m priming a piece of furniture for a dark paint color, I ask the paint mixer to tint my primer. Usually it just ends up being a bluey-gray color, but it seems to help get a darker, truer color in the end when you’re not having to work to cover up the white primer.
I recommend either rolling or spraying on the primer coat (to minimize brush marks and the need for heavy sanding). I still really recommend the Critter spray gun, but spraying primer with this gun doesn’t work as well as spraying regular paint. The finish gets almost a little dusty. I found that if I lightly sanded after spraying the dust practically fell off and left a smooth finish. It might have been quicker to roll on the primer here though.
I think, whether rolling or spraying, it’s easiest to paint the furniture before it is completely assembled. You can get in all the nooks and crannies and to reach all the edges better when all the pieces are separate.
Once the frame was sprayed and it had a good sanding (why it looks so patchy here below), we screwed the units together and to the walls and then built up the top with a little box frame. Then we added crown moulding to the box (similar to what we did here). This simple step added about 12″ of height the to Pax frames and instantly made the separate wardrobes look a lot more like a single piece of (giant) furniture.
For the sake of time and ease, I sprayed all the doors and drawers and shelves outside with my Critter sprayer and I rolled the wardrobe frames inside. I was interesting to see if there would be any huge differences in the rolled vs the sprayed finish.
I had to go back a do a little more hand sanding on the rolled paint and the sprayed paint looked a little more original and like a factory-finish, but honestly, both looked fine. So if you don’t have an air compressor and a spray gun, foam mini-rollers are a great option for you. Just make sure you do several coats to blur out any roller lines.
In my little vanity area in the center wardrobe, I wanted to add wallpaper to cover up the adjustable shelf holes, but I didn’t want any extra pattern or color (I knew my jewelry would be color enough!). I found this little roll of pre-pasted grasscloth look-alike at Lowes for about $20 and it seemed like an easy option.
Most of the wallpapering I’ve done in the past has not been with pre-pasted paper. And wow, let me tell you – it is SO easy to wallpaper with this stuff. A million times easier than the paper that’s unpasted. For a smaller application like this, you can just mark all your pieces and cut them to size all at once.
Then you get the paper wet and fold it in half for a few minutes while the paste softens. No need to get the paper too wet or you’ll have a huge mess on your floors and walls.
After you put the wallpaper up on the wall, use a large, flat spatula to pull out all of the air bubbles and extra paste (which you’ll need to wipe off with a wet rag as you go). If the spatula is large and if you work from the same edge and pull down and out with every swipe, you’ll have perfectly installed wallpaper in just a minute or two per sheet. It goes really fast with this pre-pasted stuff!
I used about half a roll for the vanity nook area and had more than enough to do the ceiling of the wardrobe too.
I rolled on the same paint (Benjamin Moore’s Advance line, tinted to Knoxville Gray) once the paper and paste had dried. I wish the finish look more like real grasscloth, but the texture is beautiful and subtle. I think it was worth the extra few steps to make the vanity look special.
So, I’ll be honest, while the steps of priming and painting all the surfaces in these three wardrobes were pretty easy on their own, it ended up being a lot of labor and it took several hours over the course of a few days to get everything covered and smooth. I love the finish and the color though, so I think it was worth it.
A while back I was gifted a set of hand-painted chinese wallpaper panels from this eBay store. They let you customize the background color (I sent in a Martha Stewart paint swatch that I liked – the color is Heavy Goose), and they let you choose which scene you’d like. I asked for the panels to be painted on PAPER (not silk, which is standard).
The panels are not inexpensive, but when you consider the cost of Gracie or DeGournay, these are down right affordable. I was planning for the panels to go in my bedroom and I wanted them to be more chill in color and pattern. Well, it turns out it didn’t work to hang the panels in our bedroom for a lot of (boring) reasons, so I’ve been storing them for about a year now. Recently though, we bought some new living room furniture and the whole apartment has been in a state of flux. It seemed like a good time to move the gallery wall to the living room and set up the chinois panels by the table.
I knew I wanted to do acrylic on the framing of the panels, but I also wanted this project to be as cheap as possible. I ended up buying four sheets of 1/8″ plexiglass at Canal Street plastics for about $60 a sheet. I’m sure all you lucky suburbanites could find it for way cheaper though. I had them cut the sheets so there would be a 1″ border all around the almost 8′ long wall panels. The sheets come looking like this, wrapped in a paper film to protect the plexi.
I drilled three holes along the top and bottom of the plexiglass, and then one on each side in the middle, for a total of eight holes per panel. The trick to drilling through plexi without cracking it is to use a small bit (1/8″ at most), drill slow and to put a piece of plywood underneath for added support. Also be sure to leave the paper film on during the drilling process.
Once the holes were drilled, I hung the wallpaper panels directly to my walls using poster (NOT picture!) hanging strips. These are super thin and help the panels lay pretty flat against the wall. Also they are completely removable and won’t damage my walls or the paper panels.
I probably used 12 strips per panel (I bought the bulk pack of 48 strips) and made sure to stay close to the edges for the most part.
I went one panel at a time, first hanging the wallpaper (using a level!) and then mounting the acrylic directly on top of the wallpaper. I just used bright gold screws to mount the acrylic to the wall. I started out using wall anchors, but ditched those pretty quickly. The screws on their own were working really well. These screws I had on hand sort of had an unthreaded neck to them, so it would have been really tricky to drill them in all the way flush with the acrylic (and probably would have cracked the plexi), so I left them sticking out a bit, about a 1/4″, and I really like it actually!
I had bought 24 of these big brassy buttons to epoxy to the tops of the screws to give it a more finished look, but I ended up not going that route. It looked a little overdone or something. I think the exposed screws somehow make the panels less stuffy maybe? Personal preference.
I just finished hanging these last night, so I’m still sort of letting the whole look settle in on me. I might end up changing some things, but for now I’m happy.
I’m working on another DIY for the dining room so I’ll share some wider-angle after shots when that project is done.
PS! If you try this yourself, I totally recommend butting up the acrylic sheets right next to each other rather than spacing them out the way I did. I wish we didn’t have to make space between the panels for electrical outlets. (oh, the sad realities of renting!)
How was your weekend? Michael is going to Brazil this week and I’m jealous. Also I’m not super excited about being a single mom all week. Hats off to those of you who do it solo all the time. You are much stronger than I!