Are there places in your home that could use a quick design upgrade? Spoonflower Ambassador Stephanie Watkins of Casa Watkins Living shares how to use Peel and Stick Wallpaper as a border or edge detail in three different everyday (yet perhaps unexpected) ways. These projects are a great way to use up your wallpaper scraps and add pops of color on smooth surfaces. When you want to change your decor, you’re in luck—our Peel and Stick wallpaper is removable too!
Stephanie: With Peel and Stick Wallpaper, the fun of showcasing your personality through design can continue on many more surfaces than walls. With more than a million designs at your fingertips, Spoonflower’s peel and stick wallpaper provides a way to add your own unique design twist to unconventional places. Here are three creative ways to use peel and stick wallpaper today!
How to Upgrade Drawer Sides with Peel and Stick
We have seen wallpaper used as drawer liners for a while now, but what about adhering it to drawer sides? The sides of drawers are often ignored because they are either too old, too unsightly or too boring. Here’s how to turn any dresser or drawer into a statement piece brimming with your own personality and style!
- Empty your drawer and, if necessary, remove it from the dresser or cabinet. This step makes both measuring your drawer and applying the wallpaper much easier. If the drawer is unable to be removed from your furniture, you might be able to place the wallpaper directly to the side of the drawer without removing the drawer completely, but that will be dependent on your own individual dresser or cabinet.
- Measure the length and width of the drawer side and cut your wallpaper to that size. For this tutorial, I used a 2′ x 12′ (61 cm x 365.77 cm) roll of Pink and Orange Plaid peel and stick by wagonwheel. I ordered a longer roll for extra projects, but you can calculate your own wallpaper usage depending on the quantity and sizes of your drawers.
3. Cut the wallpaper to the drawer size measurement you made in the previous step and apply it by removing the paper backing and smoothing the wallpaper onto the drawer side. I smoothed the wallpaper using the wallpaper squeegee that came with my Spoonflower order.
4. Trim the wallpaper excess along drawer edges with a box cutter. You can also opt to fold the wallpaper excess over the drawer edges.
5. Repeat wallpaper application to both sides of each drawer and enjoy!
How to Use Peel and Stick to Restyle Window Frames
Adding peel and stick around window frames is probably one of my favorite new ways to use up my wallpaper scraps. Not only does this idea add individuality to your space, but a great benefit of this removable peel and stick wallpaper is that it can be used in ANY space, even rentals and dorm rooms!
This is a great way to add coordinating prints when designing a space or adding a pop of color to an already painted wall. To complete the look, you can use scrap wallpaper, sample wallpaper pieces or order a small roll of Spoonflower peel and stick wallpaper in your desired print.
1. Measure the length and width of your window’s four inner wall sections. As some wall areas may be warped or uneven, I recommend quickly measuring all four window sides before you start.
2. Add about 1/4″ (0.64 cm) to all your measurements, both in the width and the height. This will allow you to slightly overlap the wallpaper pieces and create a seamless look.
3. Measure and cut your needed lengths of peel and stick wallpaper for each window side
4. Before removing the peel and stick’s paper backing, double check that your wallpaper pieces will fit onto each side of the window.
5. If all your pieces fit all your window sides, apply the peel and stick by removing the paper backing and smoothing the wallpaper on to the inner parts of the window wall with a wallpaper smoother. Overlap each piece by about 1/4″ (0.64 cm), trimming off any excess once you have completed installation.
Since my windows have a prominent window sill, I opted to install wallpaper to three of the four sides of each window. I love this new look and so does my daughter! Now she can enjoy the color pop of the plaid pattern on the sides of her drawers and on her windows, as well.
How to Create Peel and Stick Wallpaper Borders
We all know wallpaper continues to be a top trend, but what I also see on the horizon is a return of wallpaper borders too! With the ease of Spoonflower’s peel and stick wallpaper, you don’t have to wait for wallpaper borders to make an official comeback. Instead, you can be ahead of the trend by creating them yourself!
When choosing to create and install a wallpaper border, it’s important to select a design that will make it possible. Overly patterned or intricate designs may not be the best for this project as the edges of the design will be cut off when creating the border. However, design is also about taking risks. So check out Spoonflower’s wallpaper designs, as you may find an intricate design that works well for you.
Here’s how I added a colorful wallpaper border to my son’s closet:
1. First, decide on the width you’d like your wallpaper border to be based on your space, idea and choice. Next, select a wallpaper design that fits your desired width. Remember: Wallpaper borders can be any width you choose!
2. Measure the length of all the walls you plan to adhere your wallpaper border to. Since your border will be the same width on each wall (unless you choose otherwise!), you simply need to make wallpaper border strips that are the length of your walls.
3. Measure a wallpaper section that fits each wall’s length. The width of each section is the width of the border you have chosen. If your border is quite wide, be sure to add any additional lengths needed to overlap the wallpaper if it’s needed to create a seamless design. The Retro Rainbow Stripe design was super easy to work with since I used the design itself to dictate the border’s width, allowing me to quickly make border strips once I measured the length of my wall.
4. Plan where each wallpaper border will be installed so that you are sure you have (a) enough wallpaper and (b) the appropriate design layout needed to create a seamless look. Next, cut the wallpaper with a box cutter to create wallpaper border strips.
5. Install the wallpaper borders on each wall by removing the paper backing and applying onto the wall with a wallpaper squeegee. You may need to overlap the wallpaper where the design needs to meet.
6. For an added bonus, repeat the wallpaper border on the bottom of the wall!
There are so many creative uses for Peel and Stick wallpaper and I hope you have been inspired to jump into one (or ALL!) of these creative ideas. Have fun adding your own personality into each space of your home and office. Let us know you’ve completed one of these ideas by tagging Spoonflower and CasaWatkinsBlog on Instagram!