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Great alternatives on how to use decorative wallpaper

Decorative wallpaper has always been an obsession of mine. I remember visiting my gran on the farm and always staring up at the beautiful wallpaper before falling asleep. I kept haggling my gran to tell me in detail on how she put up the paper and was fascinated to see that she had also covered some hat boxes with the same paper.

I recently teamed up with Leroy Merlin for a small wallpaper project and decided to use it to do a small revamp on my little ones’ Scandi kitchen. (You might have remembered how this scandi kitchen looked in this post)

Leroy Merlin has a massive range of stunning wallpapers available on their online store and even more in their Stoneridge store.

If you have never been to their actual store you are missing out big time. It is filled to the brim with everything that you need to turn your house into a home. From flat pack kitchens to garden equipment, paints, lighting and off-course decorative wallpapers. Be sure to pop round to Leroy Merlin Stonerige – Corner Blackrock Street and Stoneridge Drive, Greenstone Park Ext 2, Edenvale, Gauteng, 1610.

What I used for this wallpaper DIY

Leroy Merlin Wallpaper

  • Wallpaper from Leroy Merlin
  • Wallpaper adhesive from Leroy Merlin
  • Paintbrush
  • A Stanley knife
  • A metal ruler
  • A piece of hardboard that I covered
  • Some wood nails and a hammer

Leroy Merlin Wallpaper project
Leroy Merlin Wallpaper project

How I made it happen?

  1. First I had a piece of hardboard cut the size of the missing back panel.
  2. I followed the instructions on how to mix the Wallpaper adhesive and applied it with a brush to the back of the wallpaper before applying the wallpaper to the board.
  3. I carefully smoothed out the wallpaper to remove all of the bubbles and extra glue from underneath the wallpaper.
  4. After the board dried I hammered the board to the back of the kitchen using a hammer and wood nails.

I also added a bar and some pretty utensils that I bought from my travels to the Netherlands.

Leroy Merlin Wallpaper project
Leroy Merlin Wallpaper project

Other really great alternatives on how to use decorative wallpaper

Ok, so you have a little wallpaper left, not enough to cover a wall, but pretty enough not to discard. Here with some lovilee online tutorials that I found which might come in handy for you to re-use or re-purpose your wallpaper.

Upstyle it
Create framed art by mounting a piece of the wallpaper in a frame. This minimalist art work can easy be used in a kids room or next to your bed to add some ‘hygge’. How lovilee would this house print of Leroy Merlin wallpaper look framed?

Light up your life
I found this amazing DIY on how to create a stunning pendant using decorative wallpaper over on Creativ Live. Definitely something that I am going to give a try.

decorative Wallpaper lamp by Creativ Live

Just enough to add some detail
This Instagram mamma made some dinosaur cut outs from wallpaper and used them as decor in her little ones’ nursery.

Step it up
Why not use wallpaper to give your stairs a revamped and updated look? I found a great DIY tutorial on how to do this on Pillar Box Blue. She also revamped her lampshades using the same wallpaper.

Pillar box Blue stair revamp with wallpaper

Get Festive
The festive crackers were too beautiful not to share. They were made by Yvonne Eijkenduijn from the Yvestown blog. She shares the full DIY and how to here.

DIY wallpaper festive crackers by  Yvonne Eijkenduijn from the Yvestown blog

Add some detail
This DIY is similar to mine, but involves using some wallpaper to update an old bookcase, taking it from drab to fab. See the full DIY be Erin Spain here.

Erin Spain wallpaper bookshelf makeover

What else have you done with wallpaper or do you think would be great using decorative wallpaper for?

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