Wallpaper: DIY


Wallpaper is back as we all know and it’s hard not fall in love with the classic and contemporary designs like the one above from Graham and Brown’s Drama line (pictured above). The only bummer is it’s a major commitment, splashing an entire wall with hexagons, birds or damask—that is once you’ve figured out a color scheme. And for apartment dwellers and renters, the entire wall-covering concept is completely out of the question. Plus, it’s pricey. One roll of wallpaper (and you’ll need a few along with all the necessary tools) can set you back about $40 and the real vintage goodies can go well over $1,000!

Here’s the trick to getting the look on the cheap: order samples and cut to fit into old frames. Wallpaper samples are often free or cost just a few dollars. Order a few of your favorites, coordinating colors or patterns. For inspiration, check out Domino magazine’s wallpaper resource list and remember that while designer paper gets costly, samples don’t!

Wallpaper samples

What you’ll need:

A few old frames (hint: garage sales can be perfect for this!) and even if they’re all different shades of metallics, they can be mixed and matched.
Picture hangers or nails
Tape measurer

Once you’ve filled your frames with the samples you can arrange them into your own personal design.

Go freestyle: If you’ve got several different sized frames together, do an eclectic cluster of designs and hang by nails in any fun shape to suit your wall.

GrahamBrown purple floral

Go modern: Try spacing four frames of the same shape into a square—hang each frame two inches apart from each other until you form a grid. A few of Dwell Studio’s samples from Graham and Brown would be perfect in the nursery.

DwellStudio kid sample

Even on simple white walls, framed wallpaper makes a graphic statement. Who knows, maybe after living with it awhile you’ll decide it’s worth the splurge to do a whole room. Regardless, your frames get you in on the wallpaper rage without the mess, cost and commitment.

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  1. Andrea says

    I’ve been wanting to get a Kitchenaid mixer for ages but have been put off by the price. That Cuisinart one looks fantastic and seeing it is cheaper than the Kitchenaid, I might pick up that one.

  2. says

    I love all my Cuisinart appliances, they are sturdy and hold up so well. I don’t have the Cuisinart mixer, but I would bet it has the same quality.

    It already looks sturdier than my kitchenaid, which has a tendency to rock a little when I double the cookie dough batter.

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