How to "wallpaper" using fabric | How About Orange

September 07, 2011

How to "wallpaper" using fabric

I couldn't stand our boring white door anymore. Something had to be done. So over the weekend, we wallpapered it with a big, fun piece of fabric. I love it. And it's useful, too. There are four white doors in this corner of the apartment—bedroom, bathroom, coat closet, and outer door—and sometimes departing guests get confused about which one they came through. Now we'll just tell them to exit through the village.

This fabric is fairly thin cotton from IKEA. It's called Britten Hus and designed by someone named Emma Jones. No relation that I know of, but clearly someone I would like. She's also got this handwriting print which I adore. Someone should use it! Bed sheets would work really well for this project, too.

For this DIY fabric wallpaper project, you'll need water, cornstarch, a big brush (or a paint roller if you want to do a larger wall), scissors, and a craft knife if you have obstacles like we did.

First mix up your paste, since it will need time to cool. I made way too much, but better safe than sorry. I don't think I even used half of it, so you might want to cut this recipe down. I adjusted a bit to get a nice consistency that's thickened, but pourable. Like really thick gravy.

Boil 4 cups of water in a pot. Mix about 3/8 cup cornstarch with a little water in a small bowl until the powder is dissolved. Add the cornstarch mixture to the water slowly while stirring. Boil until thickened and then let it cool.

In the meantime, measure the area you want to wallpaper and cut your fabric to size. I just made a small cut in the edge of my fabric and tore each side, since I knew it would make a straighter line than I could cut. I trusted that the design was printed to be aligned with the grain.

Brush the entire door with paste, then begin applying fabric from the top down, adjusting and smoothing as you go. The paste is very forgiving and will allow you to smooth out wrinkles or peel a section back off and reposition it. If you need more paste in dry spots, just brush more on. It doesn't change the color of the fabric when it's dry.


Use a scissors or Xacto knife to cut around any obstacles. We made a few quick slits where the lock and doorknob were, just to get the fabric fitted over them so we could continue smoothing out the rest of the door. Then we went back and trimmed carefully around the hardware with a knife. We applied more paste to stick down the raw edges.

Finally, we went back around the sides of the door and brushed on a little extra paste to smooth down any loose threads and keep the raw ends from fraying. If you like, you can brush another coat of paste over the entire door, decoupage style. Our fabric was stuck down well enough and I liked the soft fabric texture, so I opted not to. If you use thicker fabric, it might be a good idea to glue it down a little better with a top coat, though.

Our end result was smooth and perfectly wrinkle free. Love it!

Here's the doorknob with still-damp fabric around it.

When you're tired of the fabric, just pull it off and your paint job is unharmed. You may need to use a damp sponge to wipe off any clear paste residue or thread stragglers. I'd also suggest machine washing brightly colored fabric first to make sure the dyes don't bleed when the fabric is moistened with paste—do a small test first.

Update: To show how the fabric peels off, I pasted another chunk onto my hallway wall, then pulled it off.

The fabric peeled off easily. In this case, the edge of the glued area showed slightly. After taking this photo, I went over it with a damp sponge to see if I could erase it, but that just made the faintly darker area larger. The slight discoloration is the result of getting the wall damp. The walls in my hallway have flat paint, which doesn't like wetness—it always shows every water drip and isn't very wipeable. I don't mind, since this part of the hallway is dim and it doesn't show. Or I can always wipe the whole wall with a moist sponge and it will all match, ha! I suspect if your paint finish is satin or semi-gloss, which are more wipeable, you won't have any issues at all.

So if your wall or door has flat paint, you might want to cover the entire surface with fabric so you don't see any discolored edges where the fabric starts and stops.

6/14/13 Update, two years later: I pulled all the fabric off the door. Super easy, and no need to repaint. Here's an action photo.

146 comments:

Rashmi said...

Amazing. I love this fabric from ikea! The results are great!

Grandma G said...

I'm glad I'll finally know how to get outta there! LOL Can I bring my markers the next time I come and color the houses?

Mum

Jessica Jones said...

Um.... sorry, Mum. I kinda like it black and white.

Cami said...

This is such an AMAZING idea! I'll have to try it someday!

homeschoolmama said...

Thank you SO much! I had just decided yesterday to wallpaper the back of my favorite little hutch. This is PERFECT since I can also use up a bit of my fabric-stash!

Tanya said...

That is such a cool idea! That is why I love your blog so much.

memmens said...

I love it, Ikea fabrics are great but my nearest is quite far so I just dream about it instead!
I agree with Grandma G's idea, my kids would love to colour this in!

Lynn Richards said...

Hi!!
I've found you through hopping around blogs-you were on ewehooo's blog list.
So glad I did..love your site and all it has to offer. I'll be back for more!
ox
lynn
www.alittlebluesky.blogspot.com

Hello Olive said...

Wow, that looks amazing!

Michelle in N. Cal said...

Love it! Definitely going to try this on the blank wall at the end of my hallway! Thank you for the informative post :-)

Will @ Bright.Bazaar said...

This is great and so useful - thank you!

amytangerine said...

this is brilliant!

j.dávila said...

Hi! LOVE the door!!! I've done this type of thing with fabric before and used liquid laundry starch (spray starch doesn't work). It's a little hard to find in stores now but once you find a bottle it keeps a long time. It's much easier to remove the fabric from satin, semi-gloss or gloss paint than flat or eggshell, so that's something to keep in mind too.

LOVE your blog. :)
Jane

Poppyprint said...

Really? Cornstarch. Hunh.
I love that IKEA print, too.

MammaLill said...

Ikea has some great fabrics! The price is always nice, too! Thanks for the inspiration :)

Anna said...

This just renews my wishes that we had an ikea closer than pittsburgh (states away).
thanks for the inspiration!!

arae said...

This looks like a fun project. I wasn't planning to wallpaper anything but you've got me thinking about it now!

juniperberry said...

love how this looks on the door. I did this years ago on a wall in my bedroom. We were renting, so it was a great way to get bright color without harming the wall paint. I used laundry starch too, but your method seems easier!

Carlton Diaz said...

awesome post

LiPeony said...

wow that's a great idea! I also love the fabric prints at ikea =D

tiffanyharvey said...

I understand! Our hallway leads right to the coat closet, so people are always trying to exit that way. We did it too, the first time we viewed the apartment. ;)

Lynn said...

it looks great! thanks for the inspiration-i have to go take a walk around the house and find a door...

Erika said...

Thank you! I found some awesome fabric for the back of a cabinet, and this is a great way to put it on, plus I know I can change it if I get sick of it!

Malori said...

I loveeee that fabric!

I used it a couple months ago to make some wall art using an old tutorial from your site. I love that you love it too.

Also, I stocked up on the handwriting fabric and threw together a cute throw pillow using it. I think it would make a pretty cute anthropologie-style dress too.

http://sundaymorningsugar.blogspot.com/2011/08/making-throw-pillows.html
(if you want to check out my handiwork and my version of the ikea fabrics in action!)

Shelby said...

so fun! now I need to pick what door in my house to do this on! thanks for the idea! :)

Emerald's Cree-ations said...

Me me me!!

Amy - Thank You Cards Shop said...

this is a pretty awesome idea! definitely one i would have never thought of :)

ella said...

This is an old theatre set builders trick. Works GREAT and very useful for renters who aren't allowed to paint. You can use diluted elmers glue too.

Some Lucky Dog said...

I'd heard of doing this with liquid starch, but could never find any! No one starches their clothes anymore :) Thanks for letting us know that cornstarch does the trick!

Κατερίνα said...

Hi, Jessica!
Your blog is amazing. So is the idea with the door and the fabric. Do you think that it would work on smaller objects as well? Let's say, on a box of shoes?
Sorry for my pure English.
Keep inspiring us.
Katerina.

Jessica said...

Ooooh - I love this, fantastic idea!

liberal sprinkles said...

What a great job! I'd love to walk through this village! I've been eyeing the fabric for a while but it keeps being sold out at my local Ikea!

Justine and Fernando said...

You are brilliant, as usual.

The Zesty Desk said...

How cool! Looks awesome!

Margot said...

I love this idea! I'm a little concerned about the cornstarch attracting bugs who may want to eat it. Have you ever heard of that being a problem?
thanks!

Jessica Jones said...

Margot, I haven't heard of any bug problems doing this method. Anyone?

Katerina, I think a different method would be better for shoe boxes. This isn't a very permanent solution for applying fabric, so with normal wear and tear on your box, the fabric will probably start to peel up around the edges. (Walls don't get have lids that need to go on and off, and aren't handled very much.) You might try a spray adhesive to stick on your fabric, followed with some spray acrylic to seal it. Or use some Hard Coat Mod Podge for covering your box with fabric.

Mariolonza said...

Wow!!!! So cute!!!!

Ciao!
Mariolonza

Naomi said...

This is fantastic!! I so wish I could do this where we are currently renting... I can always pin it for future use!

dohdums said...

I love that IKEA print! I scored some from the AS IS section for next to nothing and I made some stuffed toys out of the houses. Am I weird? Probably. You can see one of them here: http://dohdums.wordpress.com/2010/09/14/diy-crib-sheets/

Michelle

Jessica Jones said...

Naomi, you totally can do it where you're renting. It will come off the wall easily.

Dohdums, love your little pillow!

thepatternedplate said...

What an absolutely fantastic idea! I have been lurking around for around a year but this post just made me want to leave a comment, though I have used your ideas over and over all this time! Fantastic and SO simple! You are a little bit good at this stuff aren't you!!?? Thanks so much for sharing all your craft and design ideas. Such a talent! You are inspiring!

nava said...

I am doing this! Today! Now!

KJ said...

Great idea. Do you think that the fabric will be reusable for other projects after you take it down?

beanski said...

LOVE IT. am so doing it very, very soon. Thanks!

Joana said...

What a great idea for my daughter's dorm room---I'm passing it along to her!

Jessica Jones said...

KJ, yep. I'd throw it in the washing machine to get the starch out, and you're all set. Mind you, I haven't tested this, but I feel about 99% sure it will work.

larissa said...

Thank you! I was just telling my mom I wanted to do this on our rental kitchen cabinets. Now I have the info I need. Thanks!

Nina said...

Aah, clever! I want to do a similar thing to my hall closet doors, only with old maps. I need it to be removable like your fabric, though - I'm not expecting the maps to survive removal but I don't want to be sanding and repainting the doors. Any suggestions?

Captain Crafty said...

Wow - I think this is so fun, I cant wait to try it!
Thanks for sharing such a cool idea.
Zoe

Nitdia said...

I bought the same IKEA fabric for "wallpaper" my son's closet!

Mandy All said...

Any ideas on whether this would work on an unfinished door? We have three doors in our basement that haven't been painted yet, and I'm thinking about doing this instead. I wonder if I would at least need to put a clear coat or some primer on first?

Jessica Jones said...

Yes to the unfinished door! It should work fine.

mello said...

Great idea! and cute print!

susan said so said...

wow, this looks amazing!

xox,
susan

Anonymous said...

Do you rent or own? If you rent, have you tried to pulling off the fabric? I'm just wondering what kind of residue is left on the door and if it wipes off easily.

Chocolatearte said...

Hello, my name is Elisa. I love this fabrics. My e-mail: chocolatearte@hotmail.es and my blog: http://chocolatearte-chocolatearte.blogspot.com

Frau Schlitzie said...

Amazing Idea! Love it! Linked you here: http://schlitzies.blogspot.com/2011/09/sesam-offne-dich.html

If you rent you can use hook-and-loop tape, you even can ripp it of to wash it!

Great Idea!
Love,
Nicky

Donna said...

living in base house for 7 years with white walls, this is how us Navy Wives decorated out rooms. Love your print!

Tara said...

This is Awesome!! Do you know if this would work on a plastic acrylic sheet? I have some built-ins that I love to try this on but I'm planning to back them with an acrylic sheet first. Or perhaps cardboard might work better?

LoganDylan said...

This is such an AMAZING idea! I'll have to try it someday!

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Miss Sews-it-all said...

Now THAT is awesome!

Micupoftea~ said...

How fun...bet kids would love their bedroom doors done!

sports good said...

This looks like a fun project. I wasn't planning to wallpaper anything but you've got me thinking about it now!

Summerset said...

Now I know what to do with my doors that need repainting!!

Lady, you are a star!

Leslie said...

Great blog - and super cool idea. Do you think I could use this idea on bureau drawers - the drawer face? Or do you think too much wear and tear?

Or I can just go ahead and try...

thanks.

Piece of Mind said...

Great idea with the homemade paste!

christmas decoration said...

I love the idea of sprucing up a door!!!

meplus3 said...

what a great idea to enliven blah spaces

faith said...

Great idea. But I think molds will find cornstarch great "food" in this humid tropical climate where I am, so I will try it using the hook-and-loop tape/velcro one commenter suggested to avoid mold growth.

Corri Taylor said...

wow im doing this OVER AND OVER AGAIN

Maïla said...

I love the idea! Just a few hours ago i was wondering what to do with the bland doors in my new place, and will definitely put that on my project list... Thank you!

able mabel said...

Love this idea. Does it peel off nicely?

Found Beauty Studio said...

Love this on a door! I did this to my bathroom when I was renting using spray starch and it worked like a dream. I had thought the humidity might take a toll on it, but it kept up nicely for the two years I was in that apartment. Thanks for the tutorial :)

Marie-Chrisitne said...

I've used spray starch before to put paper onto windows (generally bathroom windows) in a non-permanent way. But I hadn't thought of making paste with cornstarch, thank you so much for the good idea!
Very good-looking door too :-).

Jasmin said...

Love the site and the diy tutorials, and i love orange!

Jessica Jones said...

Able Mabel and others: I just added a photo to the post showing what it looks like when the fabric is pulled off.

Jessica Jones said...

Leslie, depends on how permanent you want the fabric to be on your drawers. I think the edges will start to come loose if they get rubbed much. You could always use this method if you want to add fabric more permanently.

Samarra said...

Love this! I used that lettering fabric for my son's comforter (along with some Spoonflower fabric I designed and printed): http://www.flickr.com/photos/47644568@N06/5593402361/in/photostream

Jessica Jones said...

Wow, I love that you made personalized fabric for the front of the comforter!

ctb said...

That looks wonderful! Wondering if regular wallpaper paste would work as well...?

BananaSaurusRex said...

Thank you for the inspiration! I used your technique here....

http://bananasaurusrex.blogspot.com/2011/09/shove-after.html

Rebecca

Hip Mum said...

Am so glad I found your site! I've been into fabrics lately and this is the perfect DIY project for my daughter's room!

Yetunde said...

this is so awesome! i was about to do it then I remembered we were getting ready to put the house on the market...oh well, maybe next one.

Blue Velvet Chair said...

What a great idea! Gonna have to try that at my place. Thanks for the tip and the share. IKEA is only 10 minutes away and they have another great black and white fabric with letters or text, I think.
M

The Bumblest said...

Are you freaking kidding me?!?!?! I wish I would have known about this when I lived in an apartment we weren't allowed to paint! I thought about trying to apply fabric to the walls but I wasn't sure how to do it in a temporary way. I'm definitely going to have to use this. Thanks so much!

♔Reyna♔ said...

Wow, I really love this idea! We are military so we move around a lot but sometimes I want a bit of uniqueness in the home I'm in and don't want it to damage the wall or in this case, doors. Great Idea! Glad I found ur blog (pinterest) I followed! Would love it if you passed by my blog, fb page, or my yt channel & said hello! Can't wait to check out the rest of your blog posts!

Reyna
http://www.facebook.com/glamglory
http://www.youtube.com/reynalay

Roxy said...

Excelente idea! Excelente blog! Roxy

caitlin said...

I loved this! I was really wanting one of those vinyl wall stickers shaped like a tree for my son's nursery, but they were a bit too pricy. So I made one using scraps and it is much cuter than the store bought version, and it only cost me 72 cents! :)

Inspire Me Heather said...

Your door looks too cool, love the design!!! I've got this linked to my doors post too today, for inspiration!

makedoandspend said...

Absolutely LOVE this!

aaahhhyes said...

Excellent idea.

kickittogether said...

Thanks for the inspiration! I have been looking into vinyl stencels for a pantry makeover but this looks easier and a lot less money!
Do you know if this will work on textured walls? The walls inside my pantry are textured so I am not sure it will work. Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated!

Jennifer said...

Do you think this would work on finished wood? I was thinking of lining the back of our mud room lockers, but they are fairly new and I wouldn't want to harm the finish - DH would probably kill me!

Vera said...

Great idea. You could do dresser drawers and add new knobs. Paint the dresser itself and match the material to your comforter....Love It!!

Jessica Jones said...

kickittogether, not sure; depends on how textured, probably. All my walls are pretty smooth so I can't test it!

Jennifer, I think yes. You could always test it first on a shelf or the underside of a wooden chair--something else similar that you care less about or won't see.

emily said...

Love this idea! i've heard about it being done, but i never actually looked into it until now. Thanks for posting such a great tutorial! one question though...for anyone who might read through the comments. Obviously fabric is flammable, as well as corn startch. I want to do this in the house my husband and i are renting however we live in an extremly old house so we don't rely on our radiators to heat the house much because all the heat goes out the windows as well as cold coming in because the walls aren't insulated, so often enough we have electric heaters running. so my question is, if i do a room and then run a heater what would the odds of a fire hazard be? (i wouldn't put the heater right next to the wall i covered, but this question popped into my mind and now i can't seem to do this until i have an answer) Thanks for any input!!

Jessica Jones said...

Emily, this is just my opinion. But I don't see how this would be any more flammable than putting up regular wallpaper, and people use wallpaper all the time. I wouldn't worry.

Anonymous said...

I didn't see this question, but I also didn't read ALL the comments: do you think this would work on flat clear glass shower doors??? I'm not using the tub/shower in this room and want to "dress it up."

Jessica Jones said...

Yep, as long as you're not using it for steamy showers. Not sure what steam would do to it.

fortheloveofcraft said...

How do you think burlap clothe would turn out? I know the edges will be difficult but would the fabric even work? I'm thinking covering a wall. Thoughts?

Jessica Jones said...

I have doubts about the burlap... it is probably too thick and rough to be stuck on using this method.

Adria said...

Excellent idea and I love the non-toxic corn starch paste!! I was wondering what I was going to use for a wall project I wanted to do and now I know! And inexpensive! Thank you! Adria

Nikita said...

HOw long does it last on the wall? Would love to do this in my sons room..if I can find out how long it lasts I'll go and get amterials ASAP.

CRAFTS FROM THE HEART said...

We are in the midst of redoing a bathroom to get rid of the aquamarine "fishy" theme but my kids miss the fish so maybe I can do this with one wall and give them "sophisticated" fish fabric.

Rach said...

Of course Spotlight had a 50% off material sale two days after I did this...but still worth it! Thank you so much for the idea - I did it on a laundry tub as well and it held perfectly.

http://www.bagsofcharacter.blogspot.com.au/2012/07/fabric-wallpaper-is-better-than-sliced.html

creatingmisericordia said...

I've only just got around to doing this, and I'm a little obsessed!

So far I've done behind the shoe rack and recovered a stand for a craft fair, but no flat surface is quite safe anymore.

http://creatingmisericordia.wordpress.com/2012/08/01/got-it-covered-365-simplicity-207/

Jessica Jones said...

Soon your house will be covered in fabric!

Decorella said...

I was inspired by your post: http://www.decorellaknox.com/2012/08/how-to-wallpaper-with-fabric.html

Sandra Lawrence said...

What kind of damage would it do if you have wallpaper underneath? I'm renting so taking off wallpaper isn't an option.

Jessica Jones said...

Hi Sandra,
I wouldn't use this technique on top of wallpaper. The starch mixture is too wet and will saturate the wallpaper and it will be ruined. You might have to do some subtle stapling at the ceiling and baseboards or something instead.

Reem T. said...

Hi jessica

luv ur idea

do u think it can be done on metal doors ????

Jessica Jones said...

Reem, I would think so, but I haven't tried it. You'll have to experiment!

Rach said...

Hi Reem,

After I did it successfully on a door I got so excited I wanted to do it on everything - the metal laundry cabinet that I wallpapered work perfectly. I would go for it!

CraftFabrics said...

What a great idea! I can totally see this in a kids room with some Disney fabric or something.

Eileen said...

If you are doing a full wall you might want to try staples that you have painted the flat top of. I did my daughter's room like that . I used an overlapping technique, so only the edges of the walls showed the staples. Choose fabric wisely so the staples hide well. I skipped all the gooy stuff with this dry technique.

DKGMom said...

What a great idea! Oh the possibilities!! I found this fabric: http://www.ikea.com/us/en/catalog/products/50234624/
and I think it would look awesome in a family room.

Jessica Jones said...

I bet that fabric is nice and light-weight, too. The same kind I used on my door, which works great.

steven said...

This is a great idea! I have to stop by the store for cornstarch so I could try this out over the weekend.

Eli Sorensen said...

Would this work on textured walls?

Jessica Jones said...

Probably depends on how textured, and how thin your fabric is (the thinner, the easier.) You could do a small test area to see.

C.V. said...

Will this work on sheet rock? We have a temporary wall that is plain sheet rock and it is boring. Also would it work over old wallpaper? Thanks!

Jessica Jones said...

It will probably stick, but keep in mind the starch mixture is wet, so I'm not sure what effect it will have on sheetrock that doesn't have a coat of paint there to protect it. Also I imagine it will stick to wallpaper, but the dampness might hurt the paper.

Anonymous said...

Will substituting all-purpose flour for cornstarch work?

Jessica Jones said...

I haven't tried it; you'll have to experiment and report back to us!

Shellie Beard said...

Just a quick question...Would that paste work for paper also? I've been wanting to cover a wall with these cute 12"x12" textured papers, but I don't know how to stick them to the wall without ruining the paint. I don't want to use putty as that would show little bumps at each corner. Thoughts?

Anonymous said...

Would this work on doors that aren't solid wood? Maybe it's Formica.

tinkerbelldds said...

Will this work on a wooden door that's not real wood? It's not painted and may be Formica? Just worried that it will soak up the liquid and ruin the door. This is such a cool project.

Jessica Jones said...

If the door is Formica, that should work since it's not porous, right? Hard to say without seeing your door in person, but if it's any kind of laminate surface, it's probably got some kind of coating on it that makes it water resistant.

ASwim said...

This is a great idea. We live in an apartment, and my teenage daughter really wants something music related on her walls. I might have to try this on one of her walls or doors. Thanks.

Deborah Donnelly said...

Did you only cover one side of the door? Have you ever covered 2 sides? When you did the sides, did it not make the door too tight and stick? Perhaps one might have to plane the door down a bit forst if it closes quite tightly? And if you do both sides of the door, where the 2 fabrics join might be quite thick, and might come loose more easily? Hence I guess your advise about choosing a thin fabric, and adding more 'glue' to the ends.

Jessica Jones said...

Hi Deborah,
I covered just one side of the door and didn't put fabric on the edge side. If I were doing two sides of the door, which would be very awesome, I still wouldn't put any on the edge because the constant opening and closing might wear the fabric off--depends on how your door fits the frame, I suppose. My door just happened to be painted white so it blends with the fabric I chose.

Christy Graciano said...

I rent a really OLD place that has brown wood paneling (YUK) I cannot paint but came across your post and seen that the paint was left a little discolored. I was wondering if you think it would do the same to the paneling.

Or if you have any other suggestions as to how I can cover this nasty stuff I would love it!

thanks.

Jessica Jones said...

I think on paneling, which is probably varnished (thus protected), and much darker, you wouldn't see any residue left over. If there was, a damp cloth should get any leftover glue off. Even satin-finish paint would probably be okay, since it's more water resistant/wipeable than my flat paint was.

I'd try a test piece someplace near the floor to see how it goes. Pull it off after it has dried completely and see what it looks like.

brendi said...

Quilting stores have really beautiful fabrics, some of them very wide so that they can be used as seamless backings on a queen or king sized quilt. They would be great on walls as there would be fewer seams.

Anonymous said...

I'm grateful I found your blog. We pasted an adorable owl nursery today and it was so easy.

Jessica Jones said...

Great!

Lucy C said...

Bought my own Ikea fabric today and was looking on web for advice on how to attach it to the chimney in my bedroom. I'll be following your tips! Thank you!

Jamie Dana said...

Do you know how this method would do in a bathroom? I want to try this as an accent wall but I'm concerned about the moisture. I read all the comments above and only one person said it worked okay in her bathroom. Another commenter mentioned mold might be an issue because of the starch? I guess if it's that bad, just take it down. Any advice?

Jessica Jones said...

I haven't tried it in a bathroom, so not sure. If you forced me to guess, I would expect it to be fine. But don't sue me!

Nathalie said...

I saw this idea and my brain exploded and now I'm repainting my wall, ( a satin- not just for the cornstarch mix but for my 4 year old) and I found this beautiful bright yellow lace fabric to put up! As soon as it's done I'll definitely be taking pictures! Thanks for this idea!

Anonymous said...

This is not only a wonderfull idea, but your description is also great! I did it yesterday on our little girls door with flamingo textile, also Ikea.
At first I still had some bumps, but with a steaming iron the dried up glue underneath the fabric got moist again and glued everything back together. Instead of the cornstarch mixture you recommended, I used wallpaper glue. I believe the properties are more or less the same, but it's easier to make.
Thank you very much for your ideas!
Love from the Netherlands!

Jessica Jones said...

That sounds terrific! Flamingos! Excellent.

fashion ness said...

do you know if this works with wallpaper too? love the idea so fun.

Jessica Jones said...

Wallpaper won't come off this easily, unless you use the new removable stuff companies are selling, which is basically printed fabric backed with repositionable adhesive, like wall decals use. In that case you wouldn't use this glue, though.

If you want to make your own wallpaper paste for traditional wallpaper, google for recipes. Haven't done it myself.

Pump House Bed and Breakfast said...

Thank you for your post. I used the cornstarch paste in a paper marbling project and was pleased with the results. Your door is wonderful. I admire your creativity and DIY-ness! Marika

how-to-wallpaper-using-fabric-how-about-orange said...

Love this idea. Shared it on my site.~Lisa

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