Removable Fabric Wallpaper: Just the Ticket!

September 29, 2010 at 7:15 AM 6 comments

We have a long hallway as you enter our new apartment that is just screaming for something to be done to it.  The walls are painted in an eggshell white and they are not to be re-painted, according to my landlord.  Renting can really put the kabosh on a lot of things.  But a little determination can get you a long way.

Just yesterday, I read about applying cornflower and water to fabric so that it will stick to walls and act as a wallpaper.  Luckily, the fabric can be removed and the walls can be cleaned up without damaging the paint.

Here are some examples where people used fabric and starch.

Now that is stunning work; I’m sure like anything else, it is much harder to do then it looks.


Image via Apartment Therapy

That little strip of fabric above the kitchen door frame adds so much to the already beautiful kitchen, so inspiring.

It would also be fun to add a ribbon as a trim.  Has anyone tried this before?

At the moment, I’m thinking I would choose between these two fabrics for my walls but I’m actually planning to just do from the frieze molding up and maybe if I”m totally ambitious, the ceiling.

Waverly Sale - Waverly Spa and Brown - Chippendale Fretwork Chocolate

Waverly Chippendale Fretwork Chocolate, only $12.95 per yard, available here.

Waverly Sale - Waverly Outdoor Promotional Fabrics - Lovely Lattice Lagoon

Lovely Lattice Lagoon by Waverly, only $10.95 per yard, also available here.

I’ll let you know if this DIY project happens.

In case you would like to give it a try, you can find detailed instructions for making the wallpaper paste, here.

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6 Comments Add your own

  • 1. Beatrice  |  September 29, 2010 at 7:30 AM

    My garden club did a thing where we made fabric flower pots using the same system you have highlighted. Be sure to use a this fabric, not a heavy upholstery one. Buy a wallpaper brush to smooth the fabric out. No way would I attempt the ceiling. I’ve done that with regular wallpaper and it is a nightmare.
    Good Luck. Wish that I could help; I love hanging wallpaper. Stripes are easier to hang because then you don’t have to match the pattern.

  • 2. katecollinsinteriors  |  September 29, 2010 at 7:33 AM

    This is all so good to know. Thanks for the help! I think I’ll switch to a thinner stripe fabric. I really wish you could be here to help! I’m going to try to rope mom into it. 🙂

  • 3. mom  |  September 29, 2010 at 8:53 AM

    I will help but I can’t promise expertise. Love, Mom

  • 4. DesignTies  |  September 29, 2010 at 10:35 PM

    Love your two fabric options — either would look great in your hallway.

    I hope the water & cornstarch concoction works for you 🙂


  • 5. don  |  September 30, 2010 at 2:16 PM

    you may want to price out the cost to paint now and again when you leave as it may be much cheaper

    • 6. katecollinsinteriors  |  September 30, 2010 at 7:14 PM

      Yeah, that’s why I’m thinking about just doing a small portion of the wall. But, it may be cheaper just to paint twice.


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