Wednesday, October 31, 2012
Remember this cool wall from the Winter edition of Flea Market Style, a wall in the guest room of Chaps owner Celeste Shaw in Spokane, Wash.?
Our intrepidly creative friend, Celeste, covered her wall with ephemera and a little bit of wallpaper paste!
"The greatest part of this technique with this kind of wall cover is that you can choose any paper," Celeste said. "Vintage books, old vintage wrapping paper, photos (scan and copy old photos to preserve the original), wallpaper, maps, etc."
She noted that the technique works great to cover a damaged wall, or walls previously covered with bad wall paper! "I used most of my grandmother's old books and maps," Celeste said. "I also loved her old how-to books about farm and cooking, and gardening. Where I wasn't able to piece together I supplemented old vintage wrapping paper and vintage wallpaper from thrift stores."
" I use heavy wallpaper paste. Just cover the spots to where the paper will go, and put the paper on. I would use a paint brush to apply more paste around the borders of each piece of ephemera, right over the top. It dries clear. Then, with a damp cloth I wipe the walls after about 24 hours. It looks so great, and I love that the sentiment is preserved!"
Celeste used this technique on the entryway walls at Chaps, where the walls "were not so good," she said. Here she used pages from vintage books and "sheet music from my old homestead."
She encourages you to give it a try!
While you're working, think about this: Your FMS team is hard at work on the Spring/Summer issue, so a cache of great new ideas await!