Homemaker magazine's Christmas issue includes a 2014 calendar featuring Spoonflower designers and their perfect-for-every-season fabric patterns! This UK-based magazine is full of creative ideas for beautiful living spaces, and you can dowload free templates for some of the festive projects featured in Issue 12, like the lovely papercut card on the cover. Congratulations to these fantastic designers selected by Homemaker magazine!
This week we're giving away two rolls of custom wallpaper! Our fully removable wallpaper is perfect for projects suited for rented spaces like those we've been sharing this month in our Renter Dec series. How will you use wallpaper to dress your space?
One lucky winner this week will get to choose wallpaper from the marketplace, or to create her or his own design. Spoonflower's removable eco-friendly wallpaper is PVC-free, durable, and self-adhesive — just soak in water and apply!
Enter any time between now and Tuesday, May 21st, 2013, for a chance to win. The lucky winner of last week's book bundle giveaway is Sharon Thomson. Congrats, Sharon!
In the spirit of our Renter Dec project series, we found a handful of creative wallpaper project ideas from around the web that are perfect for temporary spaces!
- Use wallpaper to dress up an unused fireplace.
- Wallpaper the doors of a simple armoire for an easy update that's completely portable.
- Add interest to door panels by wallpapering sections for a pop of color and pattern.
- Use a simple black and white photographic print to add depth and detail to a modern bedroom.
Check out our Renter Dec Pinterest board for more removable wallpaper project ideas!
Guest author Emma Jeffery from the blog Hello Beautiful returns to share her freshly wallpapered closet for our May Renter Dec project series. With our fully removable wallpaper, this rental-friendly DIY lends a perfect pop of surprise pattern and color to brighten up your space!
We moved into new house just before Christmas and there’s so much I want to do to make it feel like ‘home’. I can’t wait to bring color and personality to the walls with splashes of paint, artwork and Spoonflower’s wallpaper, but being new to hanging wallpaper (my only previous wallpaper project being my daughter’s doll house) I decided to start small.
So small in fact, that I decided to wallpaper our downstairs coat closet! It’s the perfect size for a beginner project, and being a seamstress at heart, covering the inside of a closet with a bright fun wallpaper is akin to lining a plain jacket with a cool and funky fabric. You get glimpses of color every now and then, and, like a hidden secret, it makes me happy to know it’s there!
Our closet started off less than inspiring and with zero personality. It had hooks and screws drilled into random places that many previous owners added over the years. The hooks were too high for my children to reach, and hence, their jackets and school backpacks invariably ended up strewn on the floor, contents spilling forth and adding to the general ‘dumping ground’ nature of the closet.
So, I decided enough was enough! I emptied the contents of the closet, removed the hooks and screws and gave the paintwork a fresh coat of paint. I ordered two rolls of gorgeous Spoonflower wallpaper designed by Paper Sparrow , wiped down the walls and began the process of beautifying my closet.
I began by measuring and cutting the first length of wallpaper slightly longer than needed to cover the back of the closet wall. It helps immensely to mark the TOP of each of the strips of wallpaper you cut if you don’t have a directional pattern, so that you always know which way to hang it.
Our closet is conveniently located next to our downstairs shower room, so we filled the bottom of the shower base with water though you could use a trough, bath tub or very large plastic container. You need to loosely coil the cut length of wallpaper and immerse it in water for 15 seconds.
I pulled the wallpaper out of the water by holding the top edge and allowing it to uncoil as I pulled it up and out of the water, therefore ensuring that all the wallpaper was fully wet. This is definitely a two person job!
We then ‘booked’ the ends (this is where it become hard to remember the top from the bottom, but if you’ve labeled it on the back, then there’s nothing to worry about!) and then simply hung the wallpaper.
When hanging subsequent strips of wallpaper, be sure to pay close attention to correctly matching the pattern at the edges. When done well, the seams are almost invisible.
Leave the trimming until the wallpaper is completely dry otherwise it will rip and tear. I used a sharp craft knife to trim my paper after leaving the wallpaper to dry overnight.
We finished off by adding some new hooks – some at child height level so that my kids can reach to hang up their things.
The new closet looks great and the process was simple – it only took a couple of hours one afternoon to complete and out technique improved with each strip we hung.
In fact, the only problem with my closet makeover is that it’s so pretty I wish it wasn’t hidden! I wonder if we should remove the doors?
About Our Guest Blogger
I'm an obsessive sewer, often leaping into projects with more enthusiasm than talent, more bravado than skill and more good luck than anything else. This technique has worked well for me so far and more often than not, I make things I love, even if they're not absolutely perfect. And though I'm no expert, I have a passion for fabric, color and design. I know what I like and what I like makes me smile.
Continuing our January project series to show our spaces a little love and create treasures from worn or plain pieces in our homes, Spoonflower staff member Allie Tate transforms her childhood French provincial desk into a fresh work station ready for new creative projects!
Growing up my two sisters and I all had matching French provincial bedroom sets. I had kept mine through the years and love it, but it needed some serious updating. Having been through my childhood and too many to moves to count through college and life after, my poor furniture had certainly seen better days.
A fresh coat of paint, some decals, and fabric to recover the chair cushion and it would be good as new! Choosing the right decals and fabric was the hardest part of the whole process, and I went with two longtime favorites, CandyPenny’s Woodtype Alphabet decal design and Wolfie and the Sneak’s Kristen fabric.
To start the project, I removed the hardware and sanded the desk. Since it was already a light color, I choose paint of similar color that contained primer and was able to skip an extra coat of paint.
Recovering the chair, I cut the fabric to size and then used a staple gun to attach fabric to the bottom of the cushion. For me, strategically folding and stapling the corners so they weren’t a mess was the most challenging part!
Lining drawers with decal was an easy way to update the drab drawers. I simply measured the inside of the drawers and using large 30”x30” decals I cut a piece to size and covered the bottom of each drawer.
Ta-Da! The end result is a definite upgrade from the sad-looking desk I started with. Now to work on organizing all my crafting and sewing notions that fill the drawers! Looking for more furniture re-do inspo? Follow our Handmade Home Decor board on Pinterest.
I love English paper piecing and fabrics with great big prints, but these two things don’t always play so nicely together. So I decided to experiment with super-sizing some traditional paper pieced hexagons. I love the way they showcase these three beautiful designs from Spoonflower designer Holli Zollinger: Coral Lined Mosaic, Fish Scales Slate Full, and Diamond Circles Aqua, and the chevron lines of quilting make a nice frame.