Repurpose This: Wallpaper

For the past few weeks, I’ve been a bit stymied in trying to give this wallpaper away. It’s been up on FreeCycle in a few locations, and gotten some interest. I email back and forth to the Freecyclers, and set up a pickup plan. And then…without fail ( well, of course, or I wouldn’t be writing about it now) each one has been a no-show. I’m not sure why the wallpaper has elicited such an unusual response. Perhaps it’s such a visually strong object that it draws people in, people who like it, and think therefore they want it, but don’t really need it. And once faced with car keys, boots, and de-icing the car, are no longer interested in actually acquiring it.

But I’d wish they’d figure that out before we schedule a meeting!

So, with the goal of increasing the perceived value of 3 and 1/2 rolls of premium, vinyl-coated wallpaper, here are some ideas for using it, apart from the perfectly wonderful idea of putting it on the wall.


( this is the wallpaper on offer…very elegant, and with a matte vinyl coating)

Some very simple projects include:
Lining drawers
Matting for artwork
Scrapbook pages
Book covers

Here are some other ways to repurpose wallpaper, which may take a bit more planning, but are quite striking.

From Better Homes and Gardens, decoupage a tabletop. Really pretty! And imagine having a tablescape that links to your wall art or bookshelf….something like this? (also from BHG)

I just think that’s a beautiful way to accent with a bold pattern.

Can you imagine the lovely notes you could write while you were lounging in this BHG-inspired bed…

…and inspired by your repurposed-wallpaper stationery?

(photo courtesy of Singing Mommy )
Too predictable? Okay, how about beautifying the dumpsters in your neighborhood? There may not be enough wallpaper in my offer for an entire bin, but it could certainly provide an eye-catching start. ( Any Community Association rules that specifically disallow that?)

(thanks to CNN for sharing this version of street art)

Jump right in with your ideas, modest or crazy. Let’s create a need for these few rolls of wallpaper, and find a better home for them!

In response to some online coaching tips, this post was written entirely with the WordPress iPad app.  There’s quite a bit of a learning curve, including my struggle to center the images, and add captions.  Please be patient with this student blogger!

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16 Responses to Repurpose This: Wallpaper

  1. Veronica Roth

    Hi Melanie, you know what I love to do, and I’m not sure it’s a practical thing at all, but I love to cover a really big panel with a lovely wall paper, like this one, and stand it on my fireplace mantle and then put a painting in front of it and decorate a seasonal arrangement around it. I can do this because this is a craftsman house with really tall rooms and a fireplace mantle from wall to wall so it works. Mainly, as an artist, I get bored with a look and want to move things around so it’s impossible for me to commit to any one wall paper anyway, but luckily, with my panel idea, I don’t have to. :)

  2. it is a very pretty pattern!

  3. Don’t you hate when people don’t follow through? I’ve had that problem with Craigslist as well.

    How I wish I lived closer to you I would love to have that paper for a project I have right now. I am refinishing two matching chairs. I am going to paint the spindles and legs black and want something different for the seats. This would be perfect.

  4. First time here and loved your ideas!

  5. Melanie, I’d love to have this paper, if it is still available. Lots of projects at the house I could use it for. Let me know… Thanks! Roseanne

    • Hi, Roseanne. Thanks for coming by! That wallpaper ended up in a new home late last week. I’m so glad it is being used. I agree with you, I thought it was quite lovely.

  6. Great ideas, I love to recycle!

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