At the end of 2017, LH and I bought a 1962 fixer upper in the Oak Cliff area of Dallas. Immediately I began dreaming up light fixtures, paint colors, flooring, and furniture options via an excessive number of Pinterest boards.
Right after closing, my family came from Missouri to visit and we walked them through the empty house. I shared my vision for each room, including my desire to incorporate wallpaper. They looked at me like I was crazy, and probably because wallpaper has a bad rep.
In fact I think, wallpaper has unfairly suffered a bad reputation for some time! Gone are the days of sticky glues, fussy fabrics, and nightmare installations. Gone are the days of those tacky 70’s prints (but honestly, I think many of them are super chic!).
Wallpaper has made a huge comeback as of late, and I know exactly why. It’s now easy to install, more affordable then ever, and its uses are endless!
When shopping for wallpaper, I knew I wanted to support a small business (you know how much I love shopping small), and I wanted to find a woman-owned company. I was also looking for great customer service and unique prints that fit our mid-century modern + boho + eclectic vibe.
I found ALL of that in Alex and Rocky Mountain Decals! RMD describes themselves as a wall decal team inspired by all things fun, pretty & downright quirky. Yup, sounds about right.
It took restraint not to order wallpaper for every. single. room. But, LH and I decided to start out small and try 3 very different ways to use this wallpaper in our home!
3 Ways To Use Removable Wallpaper
#1: Upcycle An Old Canvas
This banana leaf print had me at hello. As a self-proclaimed crazy plant lady, there’s nothing that gives me more joy than nature prints and varying shades of green.
LH had an old Albert Einstein print on canvas from his single days, and after a little convincing, he was open to covering it up with the wallpaper. I think it’s the perfect addition to our breakfast nook.
My bestie Lindsay was in town, so we recruited her to help us with this project! It took a little patience, but we were able to adhere the wallpaper to the canvas with no issues.
This got me thinking about how easy it would be to upcycle smaller canvases or old framed art from vintage stores and turn them into masterpieces for other areas of the home!
#2: Create An Accent Wall
We have a powder bath on the first floor near the stairs that is tiny, kinda dark, and pretty blah. I thought the perfect way to add some pizzaz to the space and brighten it up, would be to create a cactus accent wall.
We selected the cactus print, and we are super happy with the results. We tried our best to get those dang cacti to line up, and no, it isn’t perfect…but honestly I don’t really care! It’s so fun.
Keep in mind this wallpaper is REMOVABLE, which means it doesn’t damage the paint or the drywall underneath. Can you use it again and again? No….but, if you mess up and need to pull up area and re-adjust, it is easy to work with. This is perfect if you live in a rental house, apartment, or if you’re just not 100% ready to long-term commit to a trendy pattern.
We definitely recommend laying your panels out side by side ahead of time and getting a good game plan.
#3 Dress Up Old Shelves or Built Ins
One of the best things about buying an older home are the little surprises and touches of character, like these vintage built ins. We used the brush stroke print to add some visual interest to the empty area of the built in.
You might be wondering what I did with the leftover wallpaper. I took a small strip of the banana leaf print and adhered it down the center of a vintage tray that I’m using on my dining table as a centerpiece.
I also have plans to use the brush stroke paper on the inside of a vintage hutch we are in the process of upcycling with new paint, new hardware, etc. If you’d like to see more on those projects, let me know in the comments below!
So, what do you think about removable wallpaper?
Will you be incorporating it into your home?
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Click here to watch the IG stories from installation day, and thanks for reading!