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How to Decorate With Leftover Wallpaper!

So you just decorated a room with wallpaper. But what can you do with that extra paper you have left? Or maybe you found some pretty paper on sale that you just love….but don’t know what to do with it.

Well I have found some fantastic ideas for that wallpaper, so hang on, here we go:


Don’t you just love this idea! Using pretty wallpaper to line the backs. Here, open locker cubbies transform the entry and make it easy for the whole family to access and organize gear.

Cover Your Lampshade

Cover a lampshade for a soft glow whenever the lamp is on. Place a piece of wallpaper on a flat surface. Roll the shade along the wallpaper, tracing both edges. Add 1/2 inch to each edge, cut out the cover, and use spray adhesive to attach it. Snip the excess paper at even intervals, fold to the back of the shade, and secure with spray adhesive.

Create a wall hanging from wallpaper scraps. Use dowel rods from a crafts store for a smooth look. Roll the top and bottom of the paper over the rods and attach with glue and a staples. Tie a decorative cord to top rod and hang from a hook on the wall.

Covered Boxes

You can create fun three-dimensional  wall art with simple display cubbies and  wallpaper. Buy cubes at a crafts or discount store, or use your own small cardboard boxes. Trace the box onto wallpaper, making a cross pattern on the paper, using five squares to cover every side but the back. Using a paintbrush, spread a thin layer of wallpaper paste on all but the back side of the box. Adhere paper to the cubes using your hand and a bayer to smooth.

On furniture?? Yes! Use scraps of wallpaper to embellish a plain fold-up table. Coat the table with decoupage glue, position the wallpaper scraps, and cover it with several layers of glue. (Allow each coat to dry before applying the next.) Finish the top with a spray sealant.

On a Headboard

Retro bird wallpaper instantly dressed up this once plain wood head board. To get the look, simply cut the wallpaper according the shape of the headboard. Attach using the manufacturer’s instructions.

On Your Furniture

Make over a hand-me-down side table with decoupage. Paint the table with two coats of metallic paint and a coat of metallic glaze for extra shimmer. Let dry. Cut a scrap of wallpaper to fit the top. Coat the table with decoupage glue, position the paper, and cover it with several layers of decoupage glue. (Allow each coat to dry before applying the next.) Finish the top with a spray sealant.

Pretty Wall Art

Get inspired with custom artwork. Start by wrapping a canvas with wallpaper and stapling it in place on the back. Print a favorite quote or phrase onto inkjet waterslide decal paper. Cut out words, soak in water for about one minute, peel off backing, and place decal onto canvas. Add a shelf for a lightweight vase by screwing a small piece of wood into the bottom wooden stretcher.

Bold Bar Cart

A basic glass-front bookcase becomes a stellar service cart with just a roll of  wallpaper! After removing the legs and doors, prime and paint the bookcase. When dry, wallpaper the outside surfaces and install casters to the bottom. Reattach doors.

Jewelry Cabinet

A discarded display cabinet gained new life with lipstick-pink paint and sections of punchy damask paper inside and out. Keep your jewelry organized by attaching clothes hooks and cup hooks to a wall-hung cabinet.

You Can Do These

Here floral paper is used to rejuvenate the drawer fronts of a tired dresser. And the lampshade project is a snap. Just cut paper slightly larger than the shade. Adhere, pressing firmly to smooth wrinkles. Once dry, simply slice off the excess paper with a craft knife. Use the same technique to cover artist’s canvases with coordinating papers for instant art. Look for artist’s canvases that are fully wrapped (rather than stapled along the edges) for a more finished look for your unframed artwork. Look at your favorite craft store for great sales on canvases. Remember your coupon!

After removing the shirred fabric and rods from the panels of these hinged, decorative shutters, we gave the frame a fresh coat of paint. Then we tacked wallpaper-covered plywood panels onto the back to make a pretty privacy screen. Let loose! Wallpaper is a fun medium, so play around and see what needs a new look in your space. Accessories such as these are quick, affordable updates.

Stunning Updated Cabinet Fronts

Use wallpaper inserts trimmed with molding to dress up bland or dated cabinet fronts. To update a boring built-in, first apply colorful paint. Next add flair to the cabinet fronts by attaching decorative wallpaper in coordinating colors. Finish by framing the wallpaper inserts with painted molding and adding new hardware.

Attractive Artwork

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Removable wallpaper is a godsend for apartment dwellers because it’s a temporary decorative item that adds flare to your space without sticking around after you move. This product gives you the freedom to create the look you’ve always wanted for your abode with ease and without fear of upsetting your landlord (can’t have that, now can we?).

Inside Drawers

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So Many Ideas

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While removable wallpaper can be used to cover the walls, it may also make an appearance as a work of art. You can place the paper in old frames that you’ve repainted. Purchase frames in numerous shapes and sizes to create a gallery display that features your favorite wallpaper design. Of course, if you have more modern tastes, pick three identical and sleek frames to house the paper. Hang them on the wall side-by-side for a unique and large set of decorative pieces.

Many people paint their rooms in two colors: one for most walls and another shade for an accent wall. You can borrow this decorating concept by applying removable wallpaper to a door. Whether you stick the paper to a closet or bathroom door, the pattern and color will help it pop. Pick a shade that complements the room in which you use the wallpaper.

You can make the paper stand out even more by picking a loud pattern in a shade that’s different from the furniture. Only apply the paper in select spots, such as the inside of drawers, the top of a coffee table or between the molding of a dresser. Old coffee canisters can become pencil holders and cardboard boxes can be transformed into decorative storage units by implementing the same method.

Have you decorated with wallpaper on something other than your walls? I would love to see your creation! Send me pics to: kelleysdiy@gmail.com. I would love to share with everyone your ideas!

Thank you for looking!!!

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8 thoughts on “How to Decorate With Leftover Wallpaper!”

  1. Hello Linda. I found your block because you found mine. I went to check it out and had to press ‘follow’ right away. Great site, wonderful ideas, i love it! Looking forward to being inspired! And thanks a lot for following me. I think we might have some things in coomon 😉

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