Decorating Walls Can Make Them Look Like New With a Little Creativity

by Patrice on July 4, 2011 · 0 comments

in Decorating On A Budget

Decorating On A Budget

Major decorating changes can be achieved simply by changing the colors of the walls, and paint is usually the least expensive decorating tool in the single moms plan. The only problem is that not all landlords are willing to let the tenant paint a room, not even a single wall. This is often included in the terms of the lease. But, don’t despair. You can easily change the texture of the whole room by applying fabric to a wall area.

It’s easy to attach fabric to the wall with starch. The great thing about it is that it can easily be removed when it’s redecorating time again. The starch is easily cleaned from the wall and no one will be the wiser.

The easy installation and removal procedure makes it simple to take the fabric down and clean it in the event that it becomes soiled.

Like paint, it’s not necessary to change every wall in order to give the room a new look. Cover a single wall, or even a portion of the wall with fabric to give impact.

Choose a lightweight fabric for the wall. Shop the sales for your fabric to keep the cost down, and don’t forget to look for bargains in the remnant section. Measure the area that you want to cover before you start your search, and remember to take color swatches with you so that you buy the right patterns and colors. It’s hard to return fabric to the store once it has been cut to your specifications.

The only supplies you need to apply fabric to the walls of the room are:

  • Fabric
  • Spray starch
  • Masking tape
  • Paper
  • Sponge
  • Craft knife
  • Metal straightedge ruler
  • Push pins

Prepare your walls by washing them and letting them dry. Put masking tape along the ceiling and floor so that the starch doesn’t get on them when you start spraying.

Measure the length of the wall and cut the strip of fabric to a length that is three inches longer than the height of the wall

Apply the spray starch to the top of the wall, covering a strip as wide as the strip of fabric

Leaving an inch and a half of fabric at the top, start pressing the fabric in place at the ceiling. Hold the fabric in place with push pins.

Continue spraying the starch down the wall and pressing the fabric to it, smoothing out any wrinkles as you go. Use additional push pins as needed.

When you get to the floor, there should be another inch and a half of fabric.

Starting at the top, spray the fabric again, slowly working your way down. Smooth the fabric with the sponge. Only spray a little at a time as you continue to work so that the starch doesn’t dry before you smooth it completely.

Let the fabric dry completely before you trim it. Once it’s dry, just lay the straight edge against the ceiling and slice through with the craft knife. Do the same at the bottom

Take out the push pins.

To remove the fabric, just peel it away and wash the starch from the walls. Cover any evidence of the push pins with a tiny dot of white toothpaste.

About Patrice

Patrice Campbell is a freelance writer working from the Denver area. Campbell started her writing career in the 1980’s, working for several Wisconsin local papers as a news, human interest and features writer, as well as a photographer.

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