Friday, January 25, 2013

DIY Epic $2 Removable Wallpaper and Paste


Whether you live in a home you own, or reside in a rental, it's always a good idea to have none damaging wall treatment options. In our last home, I did a book page wall treatment in our sunny recycled hall and completely fell in love with it! Since I only got to enjoy it for two weeks before moving, I just had to do it again...
Because I don't own these homes and I change my mind about things frequently, I needed to be able to wallpaper with a paste that would come down without any damage to the wall but would stick to the wall like I had used a heavy duty paste. The best solution for this treatment is liquid cornstarch, it works with fabric as well! I was reminded about this incredible and removable paste by one of my lovely readers and can't wait to use this trick all over my home with fabric, old recipes, sheet music etc. Be sure to not choose a fabric that will bleed on the wall. My husband and I searched high and low for liquid starch and couldn't find it anywhere so, because I am stubborn and NEEDED this wall, I decided I would make my own using this recipe...

Liquid Corn Starch
2 Tbs. Cornstarch (I actually used a little more)
1/4 Cup cold water
3-3/4 Cup tap water

Bring 3-3/4 Cup tap water to a rolling boil.
While the water is boiling you are going to mix the cornstarch with 1/4 cup water until it is completely dissolved.
Once the water comes to a complete boil, you will mix in the cornstarch mixture.
Remove from the heat and let cool.
Take a champagne break and get ready for your wildest wallpaper dreams to come true!

To Apply
With a lint-free rag, paintbrush, or paint roller roll the liquid cornstarch on a small area of your wall. Once you have applied the liquid starch, you will place your book pages (Pick a book that you like and know has good content) or fabric on the wall making sure to smooth it out... It is totally fine if your wall is textured, the finished treatment will just be slightly textured and it looks pretty rad. I used Shakespeare on both walls and the texture makes it looked aged.  I like when the book pages and or sheet music is torn, layered and overlapping each other. It will give the end treatment more character. Apply another coat of liquid starch over your paper or fabric and wait for it to dry.
Shazaam! That's it, it is really that easy! It only took me an hour to mix the cornstarch up and paper my wall! The end result is subtle, yet has a huge impact!


Here it is in our summer beach themed living room, to see that, click here!


To remove...Peel the paper or fabric gently off the wall and if it sticks, use a sponge drenched in water to get it off. This may work best on a paint that is not a flat paint but a paint that can be wiped down.
To see an updated review on the removal of the paper, click here.

Below is a wall a girlfriend and I did in recipes for her kitchen/ dining area! I am completely in LOVE with it!
To see our sunny recycled hall, click here!
To see our barn living room transformation, click here!
Toodles!


WARNING: I am NOT held responsible if your walls or fabric or paper or cornstarch are different than mine and this doesn't work for you... It worked for me and this is a suggestion for you to take at your own risk.

22 comments:

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    1. Thank you so much Miss! I hope you are having a beautiful day!! xo

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  2. GREAT! Definitely going to do this in my apartment! Just tell me, how do you get it off? Do you just wet a big sponge and saturate the wall?

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    1. Thank you so much Crystal! I haven't needed to take it off yet but all the research i have done says to use a giant wet sponge to saturate it... make sure if you do use fabric, that it doesn't bleed on the wall.

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  3. Oh, my, I am now wondering where on earth I can try this out, you made it sound so easy, and I love your yellow stripped rug, I think I will give that a try as well ;) Have a great weekend.

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    1. Thank you Kristel! I would love to see how it turns out! Make sure you don't use a fabric that bleeds on the wall. :) Let me know how it goes!!

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  4. It's a super cute idea! My roommate and I were just saying that we don't want to stay here after our lease is up but maybe I'll try it at the next place. How hard was it for you to remove? Have you tried that yet?

    xo
    Kara
    www.thebostonista.com

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    1. I haven't but my lovely reader who re-inspired me to do this (in the comment below) said it was a piece of cake to remove! Good luck darling!

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    2. Hi! This is awesome. I am having the same "I NEED this" complex. My issue is that I'd like to do it in my bathroom - bedroom is an Out of Africa English Colonial thing. Has anyone tired or heard about doing this in a moist environment. I'm a little afraid after I do it and love it, it will peel right off when I take my first shower! #anxiety

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  5. Hey girl! Love the tutorial! ;)
    My neighbor had to re-do a wall and when she took her book pages off they peeled right off in one huge sheet! She didn't need any water, but I suppose every wall is different! Bottom line: removal is a piece of cake! I highly recommend this amazingly easy DIY project!

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    1. Thank you so much Natalie for re-inspiring me to do this!!!! Also, thanks for sharing how easy it is to remove! You rock! Wish you were here so you could come over for champagne! Ciao dollface! xo

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  6. love this! I just discovered your blog while searching for removeable wallpaper. I love what you did to your hallway and living room! I once did a similar thing with a bedsheet in my kitchen (years ago before blogging and I didn't get any pictures, ha)! I'm not a new follower of your blog! look forward to your future posts!

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    1. Thank you so much Heather! oh i would have loved to see what you did with that sheet! I am so pleased that you follow my blog and really appreciate your sweet words! I hope you are having a sunny Monday! xo

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  7. I just did this on the back of a book shelf and LOVE LOVE LOVE it! Thanks for the great tutorial. Champagne included. ;-)

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    1. Oh awesome! I am so happy it worked for you! I would love to see a pic! Champs is always a must! xo

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  8. If you use a comic book page do you think the colors will run onto the wall?

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    1. Hi there! I am not sure... It probably would :/ If it is a small enough wall you could always paint over the ink!

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  9. This is so clever! You really did come up with something very useful nice job! We just put up some removable wallpaper in the hall. It's supposed to just peel off without damaging the walls. But it wasn't cheap. Wish I'd seen your post earlier!

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  10. This is so neat! I'm considering doing this in my bedroom, and I was just wondering, how thick of a layer of cornstarch do you need to apply to the wall? I was thinking I would do a pretty thin one....

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