Hello friends! Did you see that Julie and I got to meet on her visit to New York the other week? That was such a treat. I love meeting blog friends in person and am so glad I got to spend some time with her and her family. They were lovely.
I’m back this month to share some ideas for decorating that you might not have thought of. Perhaps they are crafts in your book, or maybe you have tried some of these easy ways to use all kinds of paper and a little fun to your home?
Here are my ideas for decorating ideas to try.
Line Dresser Drawers
There are so many places to get beautiful, decorative paper on the cheap. Try the dollar store wrapping paper section, HomeGoods, or even an art store for some unique patterns and colors. I lined drawers in my blue office dresser with slightly watered down glue (or you can use Mod Podge). It will make you happy every time you open it up.
Cover the Back of Bookshelves
Putting up this marble paper was one of my favorite projects. It cost almost nothing, took two minutes but has such impact. I simple cut the paper to size and hung it to the back of the cabinet with double sided tape. I love this paper so much, I look for other ways to use it in my home. Have you ever decorated the back of a bookshelf?
I also added leftover wallpaper to the back of two bookshelves we have in different rooms. It can really make the items on the shelves stand out and adds such a depth to a space, you won’t believe the impact.
Layer Paper Under a Glass Table
When I got our living room end tables from a reuse warehouse, the tops were a semi-fabric that I wasn’t able to paint so I just covered them up instead. Occasionally I change out the paper under them. Sometimes I use wrapping paper, or decorative paper from the art store. These days it has leftover grass cloth that we used in the dining room.
Use Paper as Picture Frame Mats
Pre-cut picture mats from the store can be expensive to buy or make. Why not use some colorful paper behind black and white photos, then you could change it up for each season o get a new look. These mats were spray painted cardboard but since the art is simple, paper would give an interesting look to the art inside.
Hang it on a Wall
Sounds obvious right? But it doesn’t have to be wallpaper. I got this interesting book at a free thrift swap that has such interesting art on the pages, I decided to hang them all right up on the wall without a frame or anything. Double sided or even painters tape will work for a project like this. Decorative paper would looks good layered behind some frames or 3-D objects. Or maybe you use it for a focal wall in a small room too.
Can you believe this poster in the frame is actually decorative paper? I found it at a local art supply store. You know the ones where they sell canvas, paint, easels and all kinds of supplies for creative types? The one nearby has rows of beautiful paper and as soon as I saw this one, I knew I had to have it. I popped it in a frame and up it went, instant art made from paper! And the best part is that it was only $5.00.
I hope this gives you some new decorating ideas you might not have thought of. Next time we meet, it will be fall and we can talk seasonal decorating, one of my favorite things! See you at Decor Adventures soon.