Easy DIY Art & “Wallpaper” For Your Home

Easy DIY Art & "Wallpaper" For Your Home

I‘ve enjoyed making my own art out of quality paper for years. When you just want something pretty on your walls or when you don’t have the “right” art, I’ve found that heavy duty wrapping paper is perfect for so many applications including “wallpapering” a wall (like I did below with my map wall and some push pins) and framing it as art (like I did in my old powder room bathroom, as you might have noticed in The Inspired Room book)!

Easy DIY Art & "Wallpaper" For Your Home

After we painted our bedroom in this house, I realized I didn’t really have the “right” art for the space next to my closet. So to create either temporary or long-term art, I selected my favorite sheets of quality wrapping paper (the sheets are much larger than scrapbook paper, more like poster size) based on our color scheme, a neat marbleized paper and a pretty peacock pattern.

Easy DIY Art & "Wallpaper" For Your Home

Because I wanted a larger statement and we didn’t have any frames that would be the right size, I picked up two inexpensive gray frames at IKEA and used a little gold Rub N’ Buff to fancy them up.

Easy DIY Art & "Wallpaper" For Your Home

Once the paper was framed, it makes great patterned statement. I can use any leftover paper and additional sheets in other ways around the house, such as lining drawers.

Easy DIY Art & "Wallpaper" For Your Home

My daughters also made a neat map art in their townhouse hallway with this same type of heavy duty paper and a poster hanging kit!

Below I am sharing a round up of fun papers I could see using on a wall, so check ’em out (and scroll all the way to the bottom to find out what I’ll be sharing this week on the blog)!

Easy DIY Art & "Wallpaper" For Your HomeBlue on Natural Marble

Easy DIY Art & "Wallpaper" For Your HomeBotany

Easy DIY Art & "Wallpaper" For Your HomeConstellations

Easy DIY Art & "Wallpaper" For Your HomeGold on Natural Marble

Easy DIY Art & "Wallpaper" For Your HomeLokta White Anchors on Blue

Easy DIY Art & "Wallpaper" For Your HomeSmall Blue Fish on Cream

Easy DIY Art & "Wallpaper" For Your HomeGold on Cream Mums

Easy DIY Art & "Wallpaper" For Your HomeHemisphere Map

Easy DIY Art & "Wallpaper" For Your HomePeacock

Easy DIY Art & "Wallpaper" For Your HomeGold Scallops on Sea Green

Easy DIY Art & "Wallpaper" For Your HomeGold Stripes on Cream

Easy DIY Art & "Wallpaper" For Your HomeBlue Batik Zig Zags

Easy DIY Art & "Wallpaper" For Your HomeBlue Squares on Cream

Easy DIY Art & "Wallpaper" For Your HomeDark Blue Marble

Easy DIY Art & "Wallpaper" For Your HomeBlack String Dot on Cream

Easy DIY Art & "Wallpaper" For Your HomeDistressed Blue Floral on White

Thanks for your comments on my new bedroom paint color! I definitely think it is worth it to BE BRAVE and try new things that make sense for you and your home, whether they seem like the most trendy, popular or safest choice or not. It definitely turned out to be one of the coziest most romantic little rooms we’ve ever had, and that was our goal. The gorgeous depth of the color really adds something really special to my home, too, so I have no regrets!

I can’t wait to show you more developments around our house so you can see how it is coming together, I’m loving it! This week I’ll show you the brand new light fixture we selected for our dining room…and maybe even a peek at a small update that has already transformed our living room fireplace!

More Inspiration:

7 Free Decorating Ideas {my guide on eBay}

Townhouse Update {New Coffee Cart}

Townhouse Update {New Coffee Cart}

It’s Kylee here today to share with you another update from my townhouse! The last time I showed you my coffee station, it was set up on a wine rack. That was probably one of the first things we did when we moved in. How else would we have survived unpacking without coffee?! It was cute and we made good use out of the wine rack, but we knew it wasn’t going to stay there. The wall it was on is pretty big and we needed something more substantial that could hopefully provide some extra storage, too. We had our eye on some large display cabinets, but recently my grandparents moved and gave us a really nice John Boos kitchen cart (similar one here)! It was a great (and free to us!) solution to our ever-growing need for more kitchen storage, so we repurposed our wine rack (I’ll show you where that ended up in a future post!) and replaced it with the cart.

Townhouse Update {New Coffee Cart}

I added a floating shelf from Ikea above the cart for our bulk pantry jars, which helped clear off the kitchen counter. We really don’t purchase a lot of packaged food and don’t have a pantry, but we do keep a lot of bulk items in jars. Keeping them all out on the counter was starting to feel cluttered and took up too much valuable counter space, so wall shelf was the perfect solution! Some of our less-used jars are in one of our cupboards and a few in the basket on the bottom of the cart. We tend to cycle through them quickly, so it’s an ever-changing display of colors and textures. The handy utensil bar we used to hang the mugs also came from Ikea.

Townhouse Update {New Coffee Cart}

My favorite part of every morning is coming downstairs and making coffee at our cute little cart. Weekday mornings we usually make Nespresso because it’s quick and easy, but on weekends we are all about the Bialetti or French press. We may put a larger display cabinet here eventually to hold more of our dishes, but we really love the cart!

Townhouse Update {New Coffee Cart}

I’d love to give you tips on the 435 items everyone must have for the PERFECT coffee station (if you do want some ideas, my mom put together this post of coffee station tips) but around here, we are pretty much purists in the coffee department. Black, strong, maybe some milk and occasionally we may sweeten our second (third?) cup with a little vanilla, but first morning coffee is pretty serious unsweetened business. I guess it’s true, Seattle may have made us into coffee snobs who ironically aren’t Starbucks fans and demand very particular espresso to milk ratios on our lattes, but we’re not too far gone…no Chemex or Aeropress (not yet, anyway!).

Townhouse Update {New Coffee Cart}
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