Completed-ish Fabric Wallpaper

26 02 2010

Finally! Done!

I have successfully completed a beautiful wall that actually looks painted without painting or loosing any deposit on the apartment.

Recommended process:

1. Fine fabulous sheets or fabric and purchase enough to cover your wall plus some.

2. Wash now because once you get the starch you will want to start immediately without washing the fabric and this may cause the dye in the fabric to leak onto your wall.

3. JUST BUY THE LIQUED STARCH. DO NOT HANDMAKE IT! If you hand make it you save $4 and will nearly loose any sanity you have. Why? Because cornstarch leaves white splotches if not done by a supreme expert.

Like so…

4.Make bucket of starch solution: medium to heavy.

5. Prep spray bottle with light to medium starch solution: in other words, add some water to it to thin it out.

6. Ring out cloth, pin to wall at the top to take off some weight.

7. Straighten out cloth and lightly brush into place with hands.

8. Beginning at the top of the wall, take a larger sized scrub brush and brush the fabric from the center to the edges, then towards the top. Pay close attention to any bubbles and take the time to work them out. If you don’t, they will haunt you.

Like so…

9. Spray down the wall as you see any portion of the cloth looking dry until you are completely with that portion.

10. Rest and begin next section

Additional notes: leave 1-2 inches of extra fabric on the top and the bottom. Overlap fabric at least 1/2 inch. Cut edges with an exacto knife to keep it clean.

The nearly completed result after I had to wash the wall to get off residue.

To be completely honest, I am probably going to take down the fabric in a few weeks, wash it and then reapply it with the  store starch solution. I had used corn starch I made and then water in the squirt bottle. Not recommended and feel I will have better results with the store stuff.

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Red and Purple Combined Room Decor 1970s

18 02 2009

I’m excited to begin posting some of the amazing images from vintage book I have collected over the years. I hope they inspire you and help you to pursue your creative pursuits

FROM THE 1975 Better Homes and Gardens Decorating Book

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These images are for inspiration only, not to be reproduced.