Category Archives: DIY

How to Remove Wallpaper

Wallpaper can easily date any room. You can update any room with a fresh new coat of paint, but first you have to remove the wallpaper. While removing wallpaper can be relatively easy, it is time consuming and it can cost up to $1,000 for professional removal. If you don’t want to spend that match and have the time, you can easily do it yourself.

The material the wall is made of will determine the way you remove the wallpaper. Typically walls are either plaster or drywall ; drywall limits your options on how to remove the wallpaper because while it can come into contact with water, it is more susceptible to damage than plaster.

STEAMING THE WALLPAPER
Steaming wall paper used to be a popular technique. It is typically used when there is more than one layer of wall paper or if the wallpaper was painted over. The steam will penetrate the wallpaper and soften the glue so that you can scrape off the wallpaper with a scraping tool, such as a plastic putty knife or a drywall knife. The longer the exposure to the steam, the easier it will be to scrape off.
*Steam may damage the drywall because of the extended exposure to water, so be wary if you use this method

SOAKING AND SCRAPING
There are many commercial solvents to strip wallpaper from the wall available. All you need to do is score the wall to create little openings so that the solvent can make contact with the adhesive. Spray the solvent onto the wall and let it sit for a few minutes. After letting it sit, you can peel away the wallpaper or use a putty knife to help peel it off. It is best to do small sections at a time. After removing all the wallpaper, clean the walls with detergent and hot water to remove any residual adhesives.

button-lamp-1

Update Your Lampshade

Is your lamp outdated? Instead of tossing it, update your lampshade for a fresh new look that won’t break the bank.

Fabric
An easy way to get your lamp to match the decorations in your living room is to cover a lampshade with fabric. You can easily take fabric that matches your furniture or you can find swatches at your local craft store that easily meets your tastes.

Buttons
Buttons are a nice effect and are easily attached to a lamp shade by hot glue gun. You can choose buttons of similar colors and shades to match the designs in your room.

button-lamp-1

Wallpaper
If you have extra wallpaper from decorating your walls, you can easily attach the extra paper with craft glue to continue the theme in your room.

Paint/Stencil
If you’re artistic, you can design your own lampshade with paint, or if your less artistically inclined, you can easily use stencils  to get the desired designs you want.

Stenciling-Shade

Gold Leaf
Gold Leaf is a nice and thrifty way to add gold accents to your lampshade. Gold leaf is an adhesive that you can attach to a lampshade either as a design or to cover the whole lampshade.

Ribbon
A nice way to add a pop of color to your lampshade is to glue ribbon(s) onto the shade. Or if you’re feeling adventurous you can create criss cross, vertical or horizontal designs.

ribbon2