Starched Fabric Wallpaper

I have used Starched Fabric Wallpaper several times throughout our home, and it works great for renters or those of us with commitment issues since it is SO easy to remove.

Temporary Wallpaper: Starched Fabric

I shared this tutorial over a year ago on Remodelaholic, and I decided to share it here as well.  Although great for anyone, this tutorial is perfect for renters (or those of us with decor commitment issues). Starched fabric walls are easily removable and provide the look of wallpaper without the commitment!

This is a photo of my laundry room before its makeover:

With three kids, I spend a lot of time in this laundry room, and unfortunately, there is no natural light in this room.  The dark cabinets and poor light made for a dark and less than exciting space. To brighten the room, I painted the cabinets (click HERE to see more) and added some pretty fabric to the walls.

Starched Fabric Wall Treatment Tutorial

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These are the supplies needed for hanging a fabric wall:

      • Fabric
      • Foam Roller
      • Paint Tray
      • Rag
      • Tape Measure
      • Ruler
      • Liquid Starch
      • Scissors
      • Pen
      • Razor
      • Thumb Tacks

To begin, measure the wall(s) and figure out how much fabric is needed. Pay attention to the width of the fabric.  The width of a bolt can vary and is usually somewhere between 45-60 inches.  I used cotton fabric (and prefer cotton fabric for this project), and bought extra fabric knowing that cotton will shrink. My wall space (including the cabinets)  is 6ft x 8ft.  I knew I would have to match fabric for the walls on top and bottom of the cabinets, so I also bought extra fabric to allow for the correct pattern repeat. I purchased 4.5 yards of pretty blue and cream 45″ cotton fabric I found at Hobby Lobby (I took advantage of their 40% off coupon)!   Home decor fabric can be used, but keep in mind it is typically wider and much harder to handle.  A hanging partner will be needed with the larger fabric width. Measure the length of the wall and lay out the fabric.

Use a tape measure to measure the wall length on the fabric (I added 6 inches to allow for shrinkage and to be safe).

Once the length is marked, use a ruler to draw a straight line for the cut.

Carefully cut along the measured cut line (I used scissors, but you could definitely use a fabric rotary cutter).

Once the first piece is cut, it is time to hang the fabric! I would suggest starting in the middle of the wall, but I started on the side since I had cabinets blocking the rest of my wall and the right side really was my focal point.

Pour the liquid starch into the tray, and cover the roller in starch.

Take the roller and cover the wall where the fabric will be hung.  Cover the wall but not so much that it is dripping. Before adding the liquid starch, shut off any electrical outlets in the room.

Hang your fabric starting at the top.  You can use a level to keep the fabric straight.  Use a thumb tack to hold the fabric in place.

Allow extra fabric at the top because remember there will be some shrinkage. If needed, carefully cut around cabinets and/or other obstacles.

Smooth out the fabric on the wall with hands or a rag.  Then, take the roller and cover the fabric with the liquid starch.

Once the piece is covered in liquid starch, take a rag and smooth out the fabric.

After the first piece is in place, continue with the same steps for the remaining wall.  Make sure to match the fabric repeat (this is where it really starts to get tricky and why you need to buy extra fabric).

Once the wall is done, let the fabric dry before trimming it.  It is good to let it sit overnight.

Take a razor and carefully cut the edges of the dried fabric, and the fabric wall is done!

I did have some areas where the fabric was stretched, but overall, I think the wall looks pretty good.  And for under $50, the fabric wall makes a huge improvement in my room!

Where would you like to add Starched Fabric Wallpaper to your home?

Go create something!

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DIY Laundry Room Makeover

With three kids and all the time I spend in my laundry room, I decided it was time for a DIY laundry room makeover.

DIY Laundry Room Makeover

Below is a before photo of my laundry room.  Between the green cabinets and lack of natural light, it was a dark space.

Laundry Room - BEFORE And here is the brighter (and much happier) after!

Laundry Room Makeover For $200, here’s what I did:

  • Painted the cabinets
  • Removed cabinet doors and painted their interiors
  • Updated the cabinet hardware
  • Hung fabric on the wall
  • Painted the faucet

I painted the cabinets using Amy Howard At Home One Step Paint.  The cabinets were painted in Linen and the inside of the open cabinets was painted in Vintage Affliction.  I’ll be sharing the tutorial for painting the cabinets soon!

Amy Howard One Step Paint Linen

The hardware was updated with Hickory Hardware. The knobs are Hickory Hardware’s 1-1/4 In. Tranquility Veneti Bronze with Light Almond Cabinet Knob.

Hickory Hardware in Laundry Room

The drawers all have Hickory Hardware’s Cup Pull.

Hickory Hardware Gold Pull

I added fake boxwoods and storage baskets to the open cabinets.  I also put my laundry supplies in cute glass containers I found on Amazon.  I spray-painted the lids gold, and here are the affiliate links:

Laundry Room Decor

Fake Boxwood Decor

Laundry Room Lables

I painted my faucet to match the cabinet hardware.

Starched Fabric Wall Tutorial And my favorite update is the fabric wall.  I used liquid starch to hang it, and you can see the full tutorial HERE.


Laundry Room Makeover Reveal

Laundry Room Decor Ideas

Laundry Room DIY Makeover

Do you think my $200 was well spent on my DIY laundry room makeover?  Maybe now I won’t dread laundry quite so much!

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