Removable Wallpaper Tutorial| Home Decor for Beginners

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Decorating anything and everything is a hobby I thoroughly enjoy! Making a house a home is very important to me and I’ve never really gotten the opportunity do such a thing until now! This is the first time I’ve decided to really go all in when it comes to my home furnishings and decor. White walls can get pretty boring when you’re renting an apartment or home. It honestly drives me nuts. So, I decided to spice it up and add a bit of flare to my apartment by trying out removable wallpaper for an accent wall.

Home Decor Lover on A Budget

Originally I wanted to wallpaper the entire room and of course I still can but it can get expensive quickly. I opted for an accent wall and ended up buying two rolls of removable wallpaper from amazon for 1 wall. The application process wasn’t very challenging to do alone but it would have been a bit more efficien with another person. Also, spending on necessary tools to help apply the wallpaper wasn’t that expensive either.

Typically people will use a wallpaper spray tool to activate the adhesive with. The spray nozzle and size of the tool is much bigger and can apply in a wider range of area when working. However, I didn’t want to buy a tool I only believed I was going to use once. I opted to use a regular hairspray bottle and it still made my process smooth! Don’t say I told you but a ladder also isn’t necessary depending on the height of the wall you’re trying to cover. I personally don’t know anyone with a ladder and didn’t want to rent one for this one project. My next best option was to stand on something tall in hopes I could reach the ceiling. That’s not the safest option and if you’re gonna go down that route, please be careful!

Final Thoughts & Results

Since it was my first time, I was sort of expecting to mess up at least one time. I did end up cutting too short of a strip for the wall and was able to blend it to make it less noticeable. I don’t think anyone can really tell its uneven unless they’re looking for it. Plus its my apartment, so its good enough for me! Lol. Honestly, I don’t have much experience with wallpaper let alone removable wallpaper but I can say the application process was easy, the quality of it looks great, and I would definitely purchase again.

As far as the removing part I don’t plan on removing it anytime soon but if I ever do, I’ll keep you updated and let you know how that process goes. Let’s hope it goes smoothly!

Until next time,

Raven

Products Used For Removable Wallpaper

DIY Patio Black Thrift Furniture

How I Saved Money on Patio Furniture

Before I get into how I accomplished DIY-ing these chairs, let me just say I’m not a professional! I have no idea if this is the ‘right’ way to finish furniture but I’m happy with my results and this is a way to make it work! If you’re anything like me when it comes to liking nice things but can’t always afford it, this is one solution. This is extremely easy and much more affordable than buying a brand new patio set. Plus if you thrift your furniture, it’s more unique and the chances of anybody else having the same kind as you are slim!

I was looking at patio sets online and was willing to spend the amount of money for a brand new one. The patio sets I was looking at were priced around $150-$200 and I honestly couldn’t justify spending that much money on something I thought looked extremely basic/boring. My next option was to go out in search of patio furniture in a thrift store and that weekend I struck gold! The quality of these chairs feel as if they’ve hardly been sat on and I can’t forget to mention how spacious they are. For the heck of it, I want to see if it I actually ended up saving money. Let’s do some math!

Thrifted Furniture ($60) + Spray Paint ($35) + Tarp ($8) + Painting Gloves ($13) = Total $116

p.s I didn’t include the cleaning wipes because it only takes water and a cloth to clean the furniture. I just had the Lysol wipes around the apartment & thought why not! All in all I saved some money in comparison to what I was willing to spend and my patio furniture is unique! Score!

The DIY Process

What You’ll Need:

  • Thrifted Furniture
  • Spray Paint
  • Cleaning Materials (Water & Cloth will work just fine too!)
  • Gloves
  • Plastic Tarp (If you’re painting in an area you don’t want to ruin)

Step 1:

Before painting, clean off thrifted furniture. Dust it, wipe it down, and make sure there isn’t any gunk on it. I cleaned one of my chairs and was amazed at the difference of color vibrancy. I honestly didn’t think it was that dirty. The photo doesn’t really show how huge of a difference it is, but its very important to clean the furniture before hand. You’ll be sitting on dirty furniture & never be able to clean it if you just paint it directly. Can you spot the difference?

Step 2:

Shake your spray paint for a minute or two and then complete a spray test NOT on the furniture! Sometimes the spray paint cans have a mind of their own and will spray too much product. Be sure that its spraying properly before giving it a go on the furniture. Once the spray test is done, slowly start spraying your furniture.

Step 3:

Go over the furniture with one coat of spray paint and let it dry for the spray paint’s can suggested timed. Once it dries, feel free to go back over it if you missed some spots. I know I definitely had to go back over it!

Step 4:

Decorate & Furnish that patio!

This is only the beginning of furnishing my patio! I do plan on getting pillows for the chairs, a rug, lights, and tons more decor for this space. Little by little I’m working on each room in my apartment to make it feel more home-y. This is the first time in my life I’ve actually wanted to stay somewhere for awhile and decided to invest in it. Making a home definitely takes time to do especially if you’re a single little lady like me on a budget. I hope you enjoy seeing how I flip things and make them work. I plan on sharing more of my home makeover with you!

Until next time,

Raven