DIY Fabric Wall Treatment//How To Use Fabric As Temporary Wallpaper

Do you like the look of wallpaper but can’t commit to installing any? Same here. A lot of the projects I do in my apartment have to be temporary because I rent, so I’m always trying to find inexpensive and temporary solutions to my design problems.

When I redecorated my living room earlier this year I knew I wanted to do an accent wall behind my sofa, and I knew I wanted it to be a pattern. I’d heard of people using fabric as temporary wallpaper before and decided I wanted to give it a whirl. I fell in love with a fabric that I ended up scoring for $6, and the other materials are really inexpensive, so it was no big loss if it didn’t work out.

For this project you need fabric (I used a light weight cotton), liquid starch, push tacks, an exacto knife, and a paint roller. For everything I paid less than $20 total!

Side note: I did this project on the rainiest day of the year, so please excuse the lighting in some of the images!

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First, I used push tacks to hang the fabric up on the wall. I tacked at the ceiling line and sides.

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Then I used a paint roller to apply the liquid starch to the fabric.

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I started at the top, smoothing out air bubbles and wrinkles as I worked my way down. Make sure you saturate the fabric thoroughly so it sticks to the wall very well. I repeated the process for each piece, matching up the edges on the sides. This fabric had a label on one of the selvage edges, so I cut that off before applying it to the wall.

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Let it dry thoroughly for several hours. I let mine dry over night.

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Next, I used an exacto-knife to cut around the edges of the wall and around any details like air vents and electrical sockets. For any left over air bubbles, I just sliced them and re-saturated, then pushed any air out. DIY Fabric Wall Treatment (9).jpg

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That it! I was actually shocked at how much easier it was to do than I imagined. It took me a few hours but wasn’t as labor intensive as I anticipated. Here’s how it turned out!

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I love it! 

To remove it all you have to do is set a corner with warm water and peel it straight off the one in one piece. I actually removed a piece and put it back up on the wall because I didn’t like the placement. The best part is this fabric can be laundered and reused whenever I choose to remove it! 

Clean up is also a breeze. Just regular soap and water will do! 

Have fun! 

Home Decor: Colorful Vintage Illustration Gallery Wall // DIY Gallery Wall Tips

I’m always changing things up in this small, little apartment of mine. I was craving a little more color on my living room walls, so I planned on ditching the large abstract canvas and doing a gallery wall instead.

The LA Apartment of Melodrama blogger Krys MeloI’d been thinking about doing a gallery wall for awhile but art, even prints in the quantity I needed, were turning out to be too expensive for my project’s budget. I’m a big fan of vintage illustrations like the kind you’d find in The Saturday Evening Post, so when I came across a bunch from the 1950s, I ran to get frames immediately. Ok, more like power walked.

Framed vintage illustrations for gallery wallGallery walls can be scary! Whether you’re doing a random pattern or lining them up strategically, putting that first hole in the wall is scary business when you’re not sure if you’re going to like how it’s all laid out once it’s up there. I hate patching nail holes more than anything, and I don’t even know where the touchup paint is, so I had to get this right the first time.

Gallery wall tip - Use paper cutouts with nailholes marked first to get the right arrangement without putting unnecessary holes in your walls

One of my favorite tips for creating gallery walls is to cut pieces of paper to the size and shape of your wall decor. Mark where all of the nails should go, and tape the paper pieces up on the wall to get a better idea of where everything will go. I rearranged my pieces at least 4 times until I got a spacing I was happy with. Measuring is fine, but I like to actually see everything up on the wall before I start making holes. Once I was happy with it, all I needed to do was hammer the nails into the pre-marked paper.

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I hung every picture up and used a level to make sure they were all straight and in line, because when one is out of place everything looks wacky. That’s something I’ll probably have to go back and do every once in awhile but it’s SO WORTH IT. If you have a problem with your pictures staying straight, try using a little piece of gum tack on the back corners of the frame.

Vintage Illustration Gallery WallThe illustrations add a lot of fun color and fun vintage character into the room. I’m definitely happy with it.

Vintage Gallery Wall from Melodrama blogger LA Apartment

Home Decor: Framing Heirloom Jewelry

When my grandmother was dying she took off a couple of her rings and gave them to me. Sadly, I was an irresponsible teenager and lost them somewhere between school and home. I was devastated and looked for hours in any grassy patch I could find but they were never to be found. They were gone forever. 10 years later when I was about to get married, my father gave me my grandmother’s wedding rings.

I had completely forgotten that he had them. I made sure I guarded them and kept them safe in my jewelry box. They mean a lot to my dad and that makes them mean more to me. They’re not really something I would wear and to be honest I would be scared to anyway, considering my last experience with wearing her jewelry, but I knew I didn’t want them sitting in a box anymore.

I had a stroke of genius when planning for a skeleton key project. I decided I was going to frame my grandmother’s wedding rings!

I used this $5 frame from Ikea.

I looked good and I was on the right track but it wasn’t exactly what I was envisioning. I thought it needed some pattern to make it pop. I took a trip to Joann’s to find some glitter for a Christmas craft and saw all of this awesome card stock and scrapbooking papers! Jvee helped me narrow it down and we decided to mix and match texture with pattern and came up with this.

I took my exacto-knife and cut out the background paper to fit the frame. Make sure you cut on a cutting mat or another protective surface!! You don’t want to scratch or cut the surface you’re working on. I use my old crafting table for this.

I then traced the patterned paper to the size of the boarder mat.

Check your paper to make sure everything is cut nicely and is how you want it.

Lay the frame flat with the mat inside so you can place the rings where you want them.

I left the thicker original mat behind the new patterned paper to give some added depth. I also added some extra scraps of cardboard to the back to make sure everything stayed tight in place with out having to adhere the rings to the paper using an adhesive.

Here it is! A unique and personal framed piece to display in my home.

Pet Portraits | DIY Wall Decor | Family Photos | Framing

My husband and I are proud parents to two gorgeous fur babies. These dogs are my life. They are about to turn 11 years old and I can’t imagine how all of these years would have been without them. I got them when I was 16  and they have been with me through every major event in my adult life.

Even though I take pictures for other people for a living, I don’t always feel like I take enough of my own family. When we moved into this apartment and started our plan for decorating I knew I wanted portraits of the pups. I started photographing them and loved the way these turned out – especially when framed. What I love is when you look closely you can see my reflection in their eyes. In a way it’s a picture of us together.

I picked up some Ikea frames for $30/each and prints from

Framing family photos is always a great way to personalize a space. But,  if you want to give it a unique twist, try using photo editing software to crop digital pictures. You can crop to focus on different areas of the photos to create an abstract effect or even crop snapshots to give more of a portrait type feel. For these puppy portraits I used half of their faces on opposite sides to accomplish a cohesive and unique set.

I’m not sure where I want to put these yet. I’m thinking of making a grouping of frames above the sofa with our family photos and incorporating these. Or maybe above the fireplace. But for now they’re sitting on the mantle in a very unfinished living room.