24 March 2008

Decorate baby's room with discount wallpaper

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Sable's nursery decorating on the cheap:

We recently started to discuss themes for the baby's room (I'm pregnant). Again and again we realised that regardless of the theme, whatever we wanted to do would no doubt end up costing us a ridiculous amount. So, I came up with a plan.

In most wallpaper stores, there are sections of discount wallpaper. To decorate your baby's walls inexpensively, pick up a roll or two of a cheap wallpaper of your choice. Next, cut out shapes and stick them randomly all over the wall. TA-DA, instant decoration!

And for apartment dwellers like myself, it saves even more money in the long run, -- if you ever move out, since wallpaper can be removed easily enough.

Related: Using Flickr photos to decorate your kid's room

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You can also use remnants and make a patch work with harmonious patterns and colors

Living in military housing a popular idea is to soak fabric in starch and "wallpaper" with it. When it dries on the wall, it will stay, but is easily removed with no damage to the walls. We move every 3 yrs usually. It could also be reused at the new location as well.

I have bought "wallies" wall stickers from http://www.walldecorshops.com/groupwallies.html
They are easy to put up and take down, just watch which ones you buy. We bought some Little Tikes brand for our son's room, they were fantastic. We bought some flowers and butterflies for our daughter's room, they hardly stayed up. Same price for both, we got 2x the "wallies" for our son's room.

Lots of the wallpaper borders have little rectangles around an image of color or an actual border. They make great images that match your theme or colors in your room for nearly nothing. Just cut out around the rectangle *or circle/oval* and wet. Stick on a piece of card stock or scrap booking paper in coordinating color and stick in a cheap 8x10 frame.

I did this when doing a nautical theme for my boys room as I'd picked up a bunch of different samples I liked before choosing the one I bought. Turned out great!

I'd love to see a photo of how the wallpaper shapes looked once they were up -- I can't quite picture it but I'm thinking of giving it a try. Any chance of putting a picture up on Flickr and posting the link? Thanks!

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