I am loving all the amazing wallpaper that has been coming out the past few years. The idea that it’s just for your grandmother’s sitting room is totally out the window and there are so many fresh and interesting modern patterns. As much as I love the options, I’m still a bit of a coward when it comes to committing to wallpaper a whole room. I think it’s mostly because this is our first house in Nashville, and we aren’t really sure how long we will be at this location.
So I don’t really want to make such a semi-permanent investment at the moment. I’ve done removable wallpaper in a few places and a painted statement wall to get that wallpaper feeling, but there’s also another way you can enjoy your favorite wallpaper print that’s a fraction of the cost – frame a sample of it!
Last summer, Elsie shared with you her favorite sources for wallpaper and she had ordered some samples of her top contenders (as you definitely should to make sure you like it first!). I’ve always had major heart eyes for this hand print since I first saw it.
I asked Elsie if I could have it after she had made all her wallpaper decisions for her house, and she graciously handed it over into my greedy little hands. YES!
I used the same method I shared with you guys of making a custom sized frame on the cheap, mounted the wallpaper to a cardboard backing, and tacked the cardboard to the back of the frame with small nails. Now it’s a work of art!
I simply adore this print. It’s exactly the quirky vibe that I love adding into my space, and I love how it looks grouped with a few wall planters.
So while you can also do a removable option or paint a statement wall if you’re too nervous to commit to a wallpapered room, don’t forget this easy option as well to add your favorite print to your home! xo. Laura
What a great idea but I can’t find the link for the hand print sample you used. Do you mind sharing?
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Thats a really cool idea! From now on i will put my favorite wallpapers in frames 😀
You ladies never seem to amaze me with your ideas because they’re always so good. I love this idea. Instant art for a cheaper price. I’m in.
My aunt has actually done this, but not with a sample. Using a sample is such a great idea!
This sample comes much larger but it does depend on the company so you’ll have to check the size before you buy it if you want a much larger one:
It’s just from Target 🙂
Nope, this is the actual sample, but every company is different so you’d have to find out how big the sample is before you buy or you could just buy one roll to frame some of it and that’s still way less than a whole room 🙂
Yes! Good idea!
It’s the sample which they ship folded (different companies may be different). It is glued down to a backing but you can still see a bit of the fold lines which doesn’t bother me that much
Yes! I basically framed it to the edge, but every company would be different and some are really small so ask before you buy!
Thanks Ella! It’s actually a vintage typewriter cart 🙂
I also use samples to cut up for Project Life cards or bits/pages for mini albums and traditional scrapbook layouts.
The green leaf pattern here is a wallpaper sample from Chasing Paper: http://www.kelseyespecially.com/2016/01/were-on-top-of-the-world/
(Framing a piece of 12×12 (or any size) patterned scrapbook paper is also great/cheap art. I did that with a $0.59 piece of paper and $19.99 frame from Homegoods here: http://www.kelseyespecially.com/2016/01/diy-easy-cheap-classy-framed-matted-art/
Tell me more about that garbage can!! I’ve been on the hunt for the perfect addition to our vintage kitchen
I did this in my powder bathroom with the stunning Ellie Cashman floral paper! https://gustoandgrace.wordpress.com/2015/05/25/still-reppin-cheap-art/
I love this idea! Definitely need to think about adding some fun wallpaper art around my home
How did you get a sample that large? At their website and for other companies, the largest sample they advertise is 8×10.
I’d love to try this DIY in my home, it’s just that the paper isn’t big enough. Any recommendations would be greatly appreciated! Thanks as always for your great tips and ideas.