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Tuesday, February 4, 2014

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One of the things I get asked most about is my wall of shelf-liner-turned-wallpaper in my dining room  - the image is from a different post, which you can find here.  You can see my answers to the shelf-liner-turned-wallpaper questions at the end. 

Renting has its limits for redecorating and certainly for remodeling. There are things about my apartment I absolutely love and why I stay put. I know I couldn't afford to buy or rent a house in my neighborhood  or the surrounding neighborhoods I'd want to live in without sacrificing some of the elements that I love here. Of course there are things I don't love. My bathroom is decent but I hate the floor, my kitchen has the same floor - a fix for these are next on my list. My kitchen also has little counter space and I am sure I would love cooking exponentially more if I had a big island and marble countertops. I am sure I'd be more organized if I had a basement and I am sure I'd work more efficiently with an office, but when renting it comes down to compromises. Luckily where I live people, like me, are long-term renters, so the owners are happy to let people make changes like painting, gardening and changing hardware and such. I also find with renting and the limitations of making larger changes that I would have done long ago by now, I am always looking for temporary changes that I can switch up later to keep me from growing too focused on the things I don't love. 

Last year, while in a temporary state of paralysis of decision making trying to choose paint colors, I picked up a double pack of shelf-liner. I had painted my dining room this nursery room blue color and I found I was literally pacing in my house for days afterward from my dislike of it. So one night while wanting to relax but unable to from my growing hatred of this giant baby blue wall in my house I pulled out the shelf-liner and began sticking to the wall. I didn't love it but I didn't care because it was inexpensive and I thought it was worth trying. I ended up liking it, even more so because I knew it was so temporary. I could pull it down in a heart beat, but I ended up buying a few more rolls - redoing my frenzied late night hack-job and it's been up since. 

So to answer the questions I most frequently get: 

Is that really shelf-liner? Yep. 

Where can I buy that same shelf-liner? I bought mine at amazon - click the link to number 6. 

Will it come off without damaging my walls? I don't know, but when I pulled off my poorly done first attempt it did not. 

Does it stay in place? Mine has stayed in place, though if I run my hand along the walls, I can feel little parts where it isn't as adhered, but this is probably do to my walls being plaster (not a smooth and flat surface). 

Can you line it up like real wallpaper? I did the best I could but it's shelf-liner, not wallpaper so I don't think it's made to line up like wallpaper, plus I had to buy several rolls and the patterns were slightly differently aligned in each. My pattern is busy so unless you look closely it looks lined up. 

How long did it take? It took me about an hour for my 13ft wall. 

Do you have a tutorial/can you do a tutorial? No, I don't have one. I thought about doing one which is why it's taken me awhile to write this. I thought I might change it and do a tutorial when I did, but apparently that's not happening anytime soon. If I do at some point, yes, I will. I did find this one though.


  1. looks great. I'm torn on wallpapers. I'm never sure how long I could live with it before it gets too much and if this warrants the work and money spent on it... xo

  2. There's something about renting that has always appealed to me. We lived in great spaces when we rented, and I get so restless...But the restriction of not being able to make changes is HARD, so your situation seems nearly ideal.

    Like Petra, I always think people who do wall paper are SO BRAVE! I too wonder if I'd start to feel like the walls were caving in on me. But so pretty, and so many pretty options these days. Hard to choose.

  3. One thing I am looking forward to about owning my own house is buying bold, textured wall paper. I am currently renting, so this is a great idea!


  4. your dining room looks AMAZING. i cannot believe that is shelf liner and you did it in an hour. wallpaper makes such an awesome statement. we are also renters so this is a fantastic idea.

    Molly {Dreams in HD}

  5. This is one of my favorite bits of your home (thank you AGAIN for sharing it all those months ago!) and it's so very you in its creativity and industriousness and prettiness. Seriously. You are so smart to use something as genius as shelf paper. I've been thinking of doing our tiny powder room in a similar fashion, and this might just be the boost I need! xo

  6. What a great idea and wonderful statement this makes...love it!

  7. wow! what a good idea. sigh.. you know we live out in surburbia but hopefully next year we can get closer into the city... sigh.. some day.

  8. I can't believe this is shelf liner! What a great idea. I especially like the fact that it isn't a huge commitment. Even as a homeowner I find it's hard to want to take a big risk like wallpaper. This makes it a nice option for a kind of a "practice run". And the great options you shared, who knew that there was such chic designs in shelf liner?

  9. It looks totally awesome and I love that it's more than likely MUCH easier to remove than wallpaper if you ever change your mind - way to be resourceful Christine!


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