Easy Wallpaper Projects to Spruce Up Your Home: How-Tos
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Easy Wallpaper Projects to Spruce Up Your Home: How-Tos

Punch up tired furniture or ho-hum spaces with a few yards of wallpaper and a little imagination.

Cool Stools

Lightweight, sturdy, stackable, handy...there are a million reasons why stools stand among the most versatile pieces of furniture you can own. Add a bit of color and character to this classic design and they become as beautiful as they are useful.

Materials
Wallpaper scraps
Stool

Tools
Pencil
Scissors
Foam pad brush
Mod Podge craft glue
X-Acto blade
Wallpaper brush
Measuring tape (optional)

How-To
1. Place the wallpaper pattern facedown on your work surface.
2. Set the stool upside down on the paper, trace around the top with a pencil, and cut out the circle.
3. With the stool right side up, brush the top of the seat with a layer of Mod Podge.
4. Carefully place the paper onto the seat and use your X-Acto blade to cut off any overlapping paper from around the stool perimeter.
5. Use a wallpaper brush or burnishing tool to smooth the paper and remove any large air bubbles.
6. Cover the surface with a layer of Mod Podge and set the stool aside to dry.
7. Seal and protect your paper with two or three additional coats of Mod Podge, allowing ample drying time between applications.
8. Follow the same technique to cover the inside of the legs.

Door Decor

With their expansive and unadorned vertical faces, doors offer an irresistible canvas for wallpaper.

Materials
Wallpaper

Tools
Measuring tape
Pencil
Utility knife
Metal ruler
Wallpaper paste and brush
Plastic float (a tool used to smooth out fresh-hung wallpaper surfaces; available at most hardware stores)
Sponge

How-To
1. Measure the area that you intend to cover and transfer the measurements to the back side of your wallpaper with a pencil.
2. Cut out the paper for your door panel using a sharp utility knife and metal ruler as a straightedge.
3. Apply paste to the wallpaper and adhere it to the door.
4. Smooth out the paper with a brush and remove any air bubbles with the plastic float.
5. Wipe off any excess paste with a damp sponge.

Bed Head

Crafting a faux headboard out of wallpaper opens up all kinds of possibilities: You can play with colors, patterns, and shapes.

Materials
Wallpaper

Tools
Measuring tape
Pencil
Scissors
Painter's tape (optional)
Wallpaper paste
Brush or paint roller
Plastic float
Sponge

How-To
1. Measure your bed's width and decide how tall you want the headboard to be.
2. Trace or copy our template (go to LHJ.com/headboard) or draw your own design and enlarge it at a copy shop. For symmetry make the template for half of the headboard and then flip it so it mirrors itself when you trace it out.
3. Cut out the template and trace the design onto your wallpaper. If your design is wider than two widths of wallpaper, you may need to align and piece three sheets together. Line up the seams and temporarily tape them into one piece with painter's tape before you trace and cut out your design.
4. Cut out your design, remove the painter's tape and hang the paper in sections. Smooth out with a brush or plastic float and wipe off excess paste.

On the Side

Change is good, and the idea of a customizable table is so appealing. This project allows you to switch it up based on the season or a particular occasion.

Materials
Table
Wallpaper scraps
Glass top

Tools
Metal ruler or measuring tape
Pencil
Utility knife

How-To
1. Measure the table surface with a ruler or measuring tape.
2. Transfer the measurements to the back of the wallpaper and cut out your new tabletop using a utility knife and metal ruler or straightedge.
3. Have a local glass shop cut a 1/8-inch-thick piece of glass fit to the exact same shape. Make sure they grind, or "swipe," the edges so you can safely handle the glass when you clean it or swap out different papers.
4. Set the paper on the table surface and place the glass on top, making sure not to crease the paper. There's no need for adhesive, so you can change designs without a fuss.

Originally published in Ladies' Home Journal, August 2009.

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