UPDATE: We are moving and I Just Removed this wall treatment and there was ZERO damage and I did it in less than 30 seconds!
When I named my blog Chaotically Creative it was well earned. Seriously, there is no other name that would fit.
You see, I have always been labeled “dramatic”, “crazy” (both the good kind and bad kind), “clumsy” and maybe even “spastic” and it’s ok I’m good with all those terms. I own it! I’m a mess about 99.9% of the time.
And then there are those rare occasions when I’m not a mess and I think I have all my stuff together!!
You know like when I was strolling down the street “looking” cool and then I slip on a grate in front of a crowd of people and I can’t recover from it so I just lay there…
Yep that .1% of the time I think I have it altogether and then “it” happens! And I realize I am a mess 100% of the time.
And “IT” can happen anytime even during my easiest DIY project ever!
About a week ago, I had this grand idea… I wanted an ACCENT wall!!! One that would really stand out!
I love a good accent wall. I really really do! Creating an accent wall can be really difficult especially when you go the route of tiling, planking, stenciling or hand painting. That being said an accent wall can also be ♥ SERIOUSLY SIMPLE! ♥
Unless you are me and then it can be seriously dangerous. But let’s face it everything I do somehow turns out that way. So please know that this is Seriously Simple and learn from me.
DIY Fabric Wallpaper is one of the easiest ways to create a fabulous accent wall. I used this method well before it was ever gracing the internet. You see in military housing you have very limited options and you have to get creative. You also have to be very careful that your creative endeavors don’t ruin your housing unit.
Benefits of Fabric Wallpaper:
- Easy to install
- Affordable especially when you buy your fabric on sale (this fabric was from Joann’s it is from the Nate Berkus line) I got it for nearly 70% off . I’ve had my eye on this fabric for over a year!
- Easy to remove
- Does not damage wall when removed
- Creates a huge BANG for your BUCK!!!
Now that I have you convinced that Accent walls are always COOL and that they are super easy. Let’s look at the steps…
DIY Fabric Wallpaper
- Pin your fabric as close to the ceiling as possible, you may also choose to pin it in other places to keep the weight from stretching the fabric
- Pour Sta-Flo fabric starch in a small paint tray. You can get Sta-Flo at Walmart for under $3 or here on Amazon
- Dip your foam roller in to the Sta-Flo and roll it back and forth on the trey to get it saturated.
- Roll liberally on the wall. You can keep repeating and applying the starch and then go back and peel off and reposition the fabric several times until you get it where you want it.
- Once you have the fabric hung and smoothed out you can let it dry. Even with the edges hanging over. You want to wait until the fabric is nice and dry before you move to the next step.
- Once the fabric has dried you can take your box cuter and trim off the edges. Allowing the fabric to dry helps insure that any shrinkage that happens, actually occurs before you trim. Also allowing it to dry makes it much easier to cut because the fabric is hard not wet and lose.
- If any edges come up after trimming, simply dip your finger in to the Sta-Flo and smooth the edges down. You can even roll those areas again if necessary.
Now that all seemed pretty easy… harmless even.. RIGHT? Well it would have been… but let’s rewind all the way back to step number 1 “Pinning the Fabric as close as possible to the Ceiling”. You see that would have been easy if I would have use my ladder.. but no I had to be lazy and take the short cut and use this step stool.
Yes, in the middle of all my creativity I took the short cut and while pinning, I leaned a little to far and that little tiny step ladder went flying out from underneath me.
And I in all my clumsy glory went flying in to the air and landed perfectly with that ladder square between my legs….
Ever have a 9.5lb baby… I have… in fact I’ve had two and let’s just say…. this may have topped that.
I called mom and told her… seriously I told her “MOM I think I broke my lady parts!”
“Bruised Where the Sun Don’t Shine!”
So fella’s and ladies take my advice… even with easy DIY use the proper ladder and save yourself the pain.
Oh and I forgot to tell you… this is my new office! And I will be sharing all of the details of this fabulous new space as I work on it! Make sure you have subscribed via email to our NEWSLETTER and our following us on Instagram for frequent sneak peeks before any one else gets to see them!