A New Creative Venture: Paintable Wallpaper

Yesterday I went shopping for inspiration & project ideas. I started at Home Depot, perusing the aisles to see if anything interested me. Eventually, I ended up where the contact paper was and came across something I'd wanted to try out before: paintable wallpaper. When I first discovered it months ago, I thought it was ingenious--and a perfect way for me to finally have painted walls in my apartment! But now that I'm using a neutral color scheme that maximizes the white walls, I no longer need it for that purpose. I still bought a roll of this stuff though, because it can be used to make over other items. And I do plan on using some form of paint on it, just to test it out.

bedroom makeover paintable wallpaper Mod Podge decoupage floating shelves IKEA EKBY LAIVA vignette glass artificial plant succulent sand rocks wood bamboo dragonfly bird bowls jewelry storage white beachy Asian Zen The Decor Guru

The paintable wallpaper comes in various textures and was $12 for a 20.5″ x 11 yard roll. It states it’s self-pasting, but I plan on just gluing the back of it with Mod Podge to my surface. The pattern I chose is quite simple, with a texture somewhat similar to grasscloth.

I used it for my first project on the floating headboard I’m working on. I’m using a wood panel as the base and had painted this black, but once I had it on the wall, it just didn’t fit well. So I cut strips of the paintable wallpaper and glued them to the panel.

Here’s a teaser of how I used it on the headboard:

Closeup of DIY floating padded headboard foamboard padding upholstery nails plywood fabric paintable wallpaper Mod Podge velcro

Some ideas I have for it so far:

-Cover my doors and paint them a color

-Cover floating shelves

-Add to the walls in squares but leave white

-Use on other decor accessories, such as trays, frames, mattes, tables, etc.

It’s so exciting to find something new and cheap. If you’ve used paintable wallpaper, please feel free to share your project in the comments!

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6 Comments on A New Creative Venture: Paintable Wallpaper

  1. Nicole Cassidy // 01/07/2013 at 9:29 PM // Reply

    What a great idea!

  2. Hi Angela! I found your blog as it was featured over at Carolyn’s “Homework”. Thanks for telling us about this great product. I don’t have space for any kind of workshop, etc. so I’m not into cutting boards for projects. With this product, however, I could cover other types of products (that I can cut easily like foam) and cover them with paintable wallpaper to make them LOOK like wood. I really like how your shelves turned out.

  3. Laurie Strand // 05/11/2013 at 2:48 AM // Reply

    I just ordered Martha Stewarts bead board pain table wallpaper for my kitchen!!! I can’t wait to see how it will look. Think of all the projects I can do with the left covers 🙂

  4. You’re so interesting! I don’t suppose I’ve truly read anything like that before. So great to find somebody with genuine thoughts on this topic. Really.. thanks for starting this up. This website is something that is required on the internet, someone with some originality!

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