Removal Wallpaper

Removable Wallpaper: The Basics

August 16, 2013 | Apartment Décor, DIY Home Improvement

You’ve moved into your brand new apartment and everything is perfect–except for the walls. Whether they are spotted with stains or painted in a flat white, walls in rentals always seem to be sub-par. Have you ever thought of using removable wallpaper?

We’re not talking about the flowered wallpaper in your grandma’s house, but vibrantly patterned and modern decor that can turn drab into fab. Decorating a rental can be tough because you can’t make any permanent changes, but removable wallpaper adds just enough oomph to make your apartment stylish and sleek.

Fabric Removable Wallpaper

Fabric wallpaper is getting rave reviews from users, and it’s actually very simple to install. All you need is lightweight fabric in a pattern or color you love, fabric starch, a sponge or paint roller and a pan.

  • First, wipe down the surface on which you will be using the removable wallpaper to remove any dirt or film.

  • Measure the space you intend to cover accurately, and give yourself leeway with a couple inches when you are cutting the fabric to fit. It’s better to have too much then not enough. If the fabric has a design, make sure that you match the design with the next panel and cut it evenly to make it look like a natural breaking point.

  • Pour the starch into a pan and apply it to the top half of the wall space with a sponge or paint roller.

  • Now, carefully line up the edge of the fabric with the edge of the wall, leaving about an inch to trim later. Hold the fabric temporarily in place with push pins. Go Move down the wall, adding starch as you go, and smooth out the fabric.

  • Then, apply starch to the top of the fabric, smoothing out any bumps or bubbles along the way. Make sure you are applying even coats.

  • Once the fabric completely dries, remove the push pins and cut the extra fabric with an utility knife.

  • When it’s time to remove the wallpaper, loosen one edge and carefully peel. You may need water to take the fabric down completely.

Adhesive Removable Wallpaper

Removable wallpaper is even simpler than using fabric wallpaper–the only downside is that you may have fewer options since you can use virtually any kind of fabric. Luckily, removable wallpaper is getting ever more popular because traditional wallpaper is extremely difficult and messy to use.

  • Begin by measuring the wallpaper appropriately to fit the space you need to cover.

  • Remove the backing of the wallpaper to reveal the sticky side that will be applied to the wall. Slowly take off a little bit at a time so that it is easier to adhere to the wall.

  • Then, start from the top of the wall and move down to the bottom with the wallpaper. Smooth over the entire panel with a plastic scraper or spackle tool to get rid of bumps and bubbles.

  • Cut off the excess wallpaper, and you’ve got a whole new, beautiful wall to admire!

Add removable wallpaper to the backing of bookcases, in closets or pantries or on shelves if you don’t want to stick it directly to a wall.

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