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Temporary Wallpaper

I’ve been thinking a lot about this beautiful wallpaper from Nama Rococo. I would love to wallpaper my front entry with this but it is too pricey for me to justify in a rental. But I started thinking about how it would be cool to design my own wallpaper and screenprint it and then adhere it with temporary adhesive. {The kind that comes off with water.} I’ve heard liquid starch works. Anyone have experience with this?

  1. princess lasertron

    April 10, 2008

    yes. I did this on a wall with fabric and starch actually in my college dorm. It worked well for a temporary home because it really does remove cleanly, but stay stuck there for a long time! I think it looks just as good, when well-done. another good thing is that if you dont do it perfectly, you can re-do it easily.

  2. Anonymous

    April 10, 2008

    This is intriguing ! So you just use regular laundry starch ? How does it work ?

  3. Caitlin

    April 10, 2008

    Believe it or not I have heard rubber cement can work as well, though I’m not sure what the durability would be on it.

    Ballard designs has some great wallpaper designs I’ve been meaning to post about and they are somewhat affordable. They’ve got some great Kelly Wearstler look alike patterns that I am obsessed with. Might be worth checking out.

  4. Anonymous

    April 10, 2008

    An old college hack is to stick up wallpaper with toothpaste. The bonus, in college, was that your apartment smelled minty fresh. I don’t know how that would go with your decor. . .

  5. Anonymous

    April 10, 2008

    Do this with wall decals – you like etsy – ellynelly … has a shop have her make them or figure it out and you can ….

    bet youd like this colorin wallpaper for moses

    http://www.unicahome.com/p20726/wallpaper-border-by-numbers-by-jenny-wilkinson.html

    and your light you know is new the lotus flower and avil at

    http://www.vivaterra.com/pls/enetrixp/template_utils.more_product_images_window?pageid_in=2006589

  6. Julie

    April 10, 2008

    I hate it, but if you like it, copy it. It would be cheap, and it’s easy to copy.

  7. jordan

    April 11, 2008

    I don’t want to copy it…I want to make my own. :)

  8. Anonymous

    April 11, 2008

    why dont you just draw it with a sharpee? That is what it kinda reminds me of. It is cool, but I would just draw it.

  9. Kendra

    April 11, 2008

    liquid starch works on fabric, but I’m not sure about any other materials. The fabric was pretty thrashed when I took it down. (And some of the old paint peeled off, but that wouldn’t happen if the walls hadn’t been painted a million times!) I would consider looking into vinyl. I would do that if I were renting now. I wonder if you could draw with a sharpee on vinyl?

    Thanks for all of your fun ideas!

  10. Don

    April 13, 2008

    The home improvement stores sell a wall paper adhesive remover but we found that liquid fabric softener (like Downy) works just as well and is cheaper. It only works on paper that the moisture can soak thru and it ruins the wall paper as it only comes off in sections.

  11. acte gratuit

    April 14, 2008

    Uh, I don’t really like it. The blobby things look like snotty/spermy/jellyfish/tampon thingys. But that’s just me.

  12. Rubie

    June 11, 2011

    Starching Fabric is the best thing in the world! I’ve used it for decorating my college apartment, I’ve used it for temporary movie sets, It’s the best decorating technique ever. :) I just applied the liquid starch, which I got from walmart cheap, with sponges, you can use rollers too tho, and then just wet down tih water and peel off when your done. Voila! :)

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