Happy April Bloggie Friends,
After my post about my vintage wallpaper for sale last week, I thought maybe it would be fun to show you some of the things you can do with it. Of course, you can use it for the walls, but you knew that from the name WALL-PAPER, so let's step out of the box, shall we?
As you have already seen, you can cover boxes with it and have a very pretty storage container reminiscent of the circa 1940's hat boxes...
Heather from Pretty Petals covered some new boxes from Michael's with beautiful results:
Speaking of Heather, she offered an awesome online class for an art journal called "A Beautiful Life". She steps you through lots of fun but pretty easy techniques to make a lovely piece of art using some of your
This page features a transparency picture of my grandmother. Lots of vintage wallpaper peeking out from these pages.
Her name was Cecilia, so I made a little tag with her name on it.
There's lots more pages in the journal, but we must press on with the subject at hand. Now back to other uses for vintage wallpaper...I had this plain pad of paper, I think it was a refill for some notebook that I no longer had. It was functional, but not pretty. I covered the front and back cover with some wallpaper scraps and added a little bit of paper lace that I had. Much better now. It took about 10 minutes start to finish, easy peasy. Love projects like that.
If you recall my lace organization cards from a few posts back, you might remember I said I finished them off with vintage wallpaper on the back, but I didn't show you the backs. Oops!
I figure if I want a change from looking at the pretty graphic fronts, I can just turn them over and love me some wallpaper florals.
I also used wallpaper to cover my 1920's rosette trims which I ended up putting in a clear glass container so I can look at them as well as store them.
Speaking of storage, why not paint some plain old tin cans which you were going to throw away anyway (hopefully in the recycle bin), and upcycle them instead into pretty storage for your paintbrushes, glue sticks, etc.?
Can you tell I REALLY got into the pretty factor for my studio storage? If you use Kilz spray on primer, it will cover up the paint on coffee cans and things that are not just covered in paper labels. Since I wanted white cans, I don't think I even bothered to paint over the primer.
I was working on these cute tags yesterday and chose to cover the backs with...
Why yes, you got it! Vintage wallpaper. Naturally, you could make some killer tags using the paper as the front, but I just happened to have this work in progress handy, so lucky you, you get to see photos before they are done with the wallpaper gracing the back.
I love using wallpaper to back cupboards.
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Niki from Nostalgia at the Stone House is an amazingly talented blogger and shopowner in the U.K. and she finds all sorts of uses for vintage wallpaper. Did you know it looks pretty wrapping up handmade soap? Now you do...
She has also used borders (or perhaps she handcut them from larger paper, not sure) for kitchen shelves.
Lastly, one of my favorites I've seen Niki do, embellished shoes using wallpaper for lining the inside...how cute is that?
So, my friends, these are just some of the fun things you can do to pretty up your world with vintage wallpaper. There are many more uses out there? Do tell, what do YOU use your vintage wallpapers for?
Until next time,