1/20/09

Textured Wallpaper

Welcome Inspired Room Linky Friends!  This week I have moved closer to my goal of Authentical Living with 8 people in the house.  I've been looking to highlight bits and pieces of my home with beauty... and I think texture is important... it also hides a great many ills as you will see.  I'm on a wallpaper trip because I think it's most effective in covering up what paint can't, dents, chips, and boogers... oops did I say that? Read on..

A little inspiration today from BHG.  Textured wallpaper is plain ol' white and paintable.  You can glue it to any flat surface and presto! You have texture AND a little architexture.  This cornice is a great example... it can also be used to emphasize your crown molding!
Wallpaper placemats?  Heck why not!  It's vinyl, it's sturdy.  Just sew a ribbon around the edge and mitre (or not) the corners.  TaDa!  Fancy PAINTABLE (heehee) dinner setting.

Ugly boxes?  Confession: I decorate regular old cardboard boxes with wallpaper (and contact paper.. you know the sticky sided stuff for drawer lining?).  It's super cheap and the wallpaper makes the boxes last forever... even after your color scheme changes... that's when they go in the closet to organize shoes!

Okay, I'm totally embarrassed to even show this.  Yes, that's a graffitied lampshade and it's in MY HOUSE!  It's on a crystal lamp no less... and of course NOBODY did it... he's a real criminal at this house, he does everything: Snitches out of the chocolate chip bag, leaves his wet towels on the floor, NEVER cleans up his toast making mess... grr.  I was thinking about spray-painting the lamp shade because I'm cheap but how about this?

Hmm.... a new look I could go for AND I can paint over it when NOBODY writes on it again!  Just wrap that lamp shade in some textured wallpaper and I have a Sawweeeeet look!  How about this cute dressed up dresser?  Wallpaper isn't for walls anymore.  
For a complete list of pictures and how to's head over to this BHG link.

By way of announcement... I have a givaway for my Pretty Organizers going on at Bella_Cassa... AND  Shabby Nest Wendy and I are hosting (mostly it's Wendy) an Kids Storage (Organizing) linky party in a few weeks... stay tuned!  Also linked to Hooked On Houses party today.   Go check these ladies out!

19 comments:

Steph said...

Great ideas! I really like the shelf. Man Nobody really gets around. We have a nobody that works for us, and one at home too. Amazing.

SHURTER'S :) said...

Awesome! Love the lamp shade! I think you should leave it! It's too cute! Well, in one of the kids' rooms anyway! ha ha

I'm going to do the boxes that way. I use decrative scrapbook paper, but it's not that durable! thanks! :)

Lisette said...

Neat idea! Especially the cardboard boxes - quick & easy while looking stylish! :)

Buzzings of a Queen Bee! said...

Great ideas! What a perfect fix for that lampshade. Then you don't have to buy a new one! :)
Carrie

JANE said...

I admit, love the shade!

SoBella Creations said...

Great usage for wallpaper. Love the blog post.

Laurel MacD said...

These are genius!! So many ideas are now bombarding me. Thanks

Songbirdtiff said...

Hi there! I'm following Mr. Linky from the Inspired room.

This is a great idea. I know it's graffiti and all, but I thought the little people on the lampshade were cute. You might have an artist on your hands. :)

Melissa @ The Inspired Room said...

HA, so you have a nobody at your house too? We've seen the links of him around here. Well, we don't see him, only the evidence of him. Precious lampshades! I'd never get rid of that. Too cute!

Great inspiration. Wallpaper is so versatile!

blessings to you & thanks for sharing!

xo

Melissa

Homekeeping Heart said...

Very good ideas! Thanks for the inspiration, the cardboard box idea is just what I'm looking for to organize my craft room.

Dawn-Hydrangea Home said...

I LOVE using textured wallpaper. It's pretty and sturdy too! Great post!

Tamra @ It all started with a kiss said...

Now these are uses for wallpaper that I can get excited about! Beautiful ideas.

Robin Sears said...

The really great part is that if you cover "nobody's" artwork with paper - it just might peak through the paper when you turn the lamp on - and it would be a fun surprise!

Robin Sears said...

What a great idea! Perhaps "nobody's" artwork will show through the paper when the lamp is turned on which would make it even funnier!

Teresa said...

Fun reading all your ideas-
You have a pretty creative "nobody" :}
Thanks for shairng all your creative ideas!
Happy Day

Lalena said...

Love this!!

Nobody sure is busy...he's over here too ;)

kjquilts said...

Love your wallpaper ideas! Too bad they don't make blackboard wallpaper...then nobody could draw to his heart's content!

Astrid said...

WOW! I haven't thought about using wallpaper in those ways. How clever! Makes me want to go out and buy some (and I thought I hated wallpaper!).

Curious- does anybody know if you can put wallpaper (like the textured one) on lightly textured walls?

Connie Weiss said...

I love these ideas!

 
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