#RSGCREATIVE: 5 ALTERNATIVE IDEAS FOR UPCYCLING WITH WALLPAPER

Wallpaper is not just for the walls! We recently designed our first collection of own-design wallpaper and have become totally obsessed with wallpapering the walls. So much so that we've run out of space! So this got us thinking - How can we be less wasteful and re-purpose our leftover wallpaper? We love it so much that we can't bear to throw it into the recycling bin!

We've seen lots of amazingly creative ideas on PinterestInstagram, and even from our lovely customers (keep reading to see the showstopping cabinet that our customer has created using our Leopard Love Wallpaper). So we wanted to give some of our favourite ideas a go and inspire you to up-cycle your own items using your favourite designs. It's time to get creative with us and follow our Top 5 Alternative Ideas To Re-purpose Or Up-cycle Your Wallpaper...


Photography Credit: @relovedmcr and @gillnono Wallpaper: Leopard Love

A cost-effective and easy way to update your interiors is to re-upholster your furniture! Not only is this a sustainable and eco-friendly way to re-use furniture that you've fallen out of love with, but it's also an easy way to update and liven up your interiors with your favourite wallpaper patterns.

This amazing image above is courtesy of one of our lovely customers (@relovedmcr for interior designer @gillnono) who has cleverly upholstered the sideboard above and the lovely old school desk below (belonging to @laurafraybespoke) using the Rockett St George Leopard Love Wallpaper! How amazing is that?! We are so inspired by her creativity and magic touch and we love how she combined a vintage piece with a modern design wallpaper pattern creating an interesting mix of eras. If you have any fabulous creations like this, don't forget to share it with us on Instagram (@rockettstgeorge.co.uk / #rockettstgeorge) we'd absolutely love to see it!

Photography Credit: @relovedmcr and @laurafraybespoke. Wallpaper: Leopard Love

To create your very own upholstered furniture piece you will need to take the following steps:

  1. Firstly, and most crucially be sure to give your chosen furniture a quick clean/ wipe down. This will avoid any unwanted bumps and changes in texture.
  2. Measure the surface of your furniture that you would like to cover as accurately as you possibly can.
  3. Cut your wallpaper down to the dimensions needed.
  4. Brush material specific glue, such as wallpaper paste, wood glue, perspex glue etc, onto your chosen surface.
  5. Once you have pasted an even layer of glue onto the surface, slowly place your wallpaper on your chosen furniture making sure to smooth out any air bubbles as you apply it down. You can smooth out the air bubbles using a foam roller or credit card, but we highly recommend that you ask a friend to spot you during this step!
  6. Once the wallpaper is firmly stuck down, leave it to dry and et voila!

Wallpaper Used: Sexy Snakeskin

Leave no surface untouched! We often talk about 'details' and the art of creating impact in the home with an interesting twist. Lining the insides of your drawers will do exactly that! A genius way of personalising your home and making your interiors sing, giving your drawers and wardrobes a wallpaper makeover is much easier than it seems!

How to line your drawers/ wardrobe:

  1. Firstly, and most crucially be sure to give your chosen surface (be it a drawer or wardrobe) a quick clean. This will avoid any unwanted bumps and changes in texture.
  2. Measure the inside of your wardrobe or drawer space as accurately as you possibly can.
  3. Cut your wallpaper down to the dimensions needed.
  4. Brush material specific glue, such as wallpaper paste, wood glue, perspex glue etc, onto your chosen surface.
  5. Once you have pasted an even layer of glue onto the surface, slowly place your wallpaper on the drawer base or wardrobe back making sure to smooth out any air bubbles as you apply it down. You can smooth out the air bubbles using a foam roller or credit card, but we highly recommend that you ask a friend to spot you during this step!
  6. Once the wallpaper is firmly stuck down, leave it to dry and et voila!

Wallpaper Used: Oriental Garden

If your cabinets are in need of a refresh or update, consider lining wallpaper on the back of them! A super impactful way of livening up your home interiors as well as being a fabulous way to add personality to your home we think that this is the perfect DIY activity for renters who may not be able to paint their walls. You could even go a step further and create a cabinet of curiosities storing your favourite treasures, photographs, memories and ornaments in one display cabinet. Check out our blog #RSGSTYLE: JANE'S CABINET OF CURIOSITIES  to see how co-founder, Jane Rockett, has curated her cabinet of curiosities!

To line the back of your cabinets, follow these easy steps: 

  1. Firstly, and most crucially be sure to give your chosen surface (be it a drawer or wardrobe) a quick clean. This will avoid any unwanted bumps and changes in texture.
  2. Measure each section on the back of your cabinets as accurately as you possibly can.
  3. Cut your wallpaper down to the dimensions needed.
  4. Brush material specific glue, such as wallpaper paste, wood glue, perspex glue etc, onto your chosen surface.
  5. Once you have pasted an even layer of glue onto the surface, slowly place your wallpaper on the cabinet back making sure to smooth out any air bubbles as you apply it down. You can smooth out the air bubbles using a foam roller or credit card, but we highly recommend that you ask a friend to spot you during this step!
  6. Once the wallpaper is firmly stuck down, leave it to dry and et voila!

Wallpaper Used: Leopard Love

If your notepads, journals, favourite book or scrapbooks are looking a little tired, then why not create a beautiful wallpaper cover? Perhaps the easiest of our alternative ideas to create, you needn't be creatively minded in order to do this and it's the perfect Sunday afternoon activity for you and the kids to get involved with!

As simple as wrapping up a present, you can create beautiful book covers using the following steps:

  1. Using enough leftover wallpaper to cover your book (think of it as wrapping a gift) lay the wallpaper face down on a flat surface.
  2. Open your notepad or book and place the side that you would like to cover down onto the back side of your wallpaper.
  3. Wrap the wallpaper over the top of the book to get a visual of the size ( make sure you account for the spine). Then leaving 2-3 inch margin around the entire circumference of the book, cut the wallpaper to size.
  4. Using PVA glue or similar stick the wallpaper onto your book and et voila!

 


Wallpaper Used: Flower Power - Blush

Got an old coffee or side table that needs a face-lift?! Then consider re-purposing it with wallpaper! Showstopping impact and oh so fabulous, we love the amazing effect that wallpapering your side tables can have! This technique can also be used on trays to add something a little different to your display (check out no.9 in our list of 10 MORE ideas, below!)

So be it your coffee table, bedside table, side table or stool, you can easily wallpaper your tables by following these steps:

  1. Firstly, and most crucially be sure to give your coffee/side table a quick clean. This will avoid any unwanted bumps and changes in texture.
  2. Measure up your wardrobe side/coffee table surface.
  3. Cut your wallpaper down to the dimensions needed.
  4. Brush material specific glue, such as wallpaper paste, wood glue, perspex glue etc, onto your chosen surface.
  5. Once you have pasted an even layer of glue onto the surface, slowly place your wallpaper on the side/coffee table surface making sure to smooth out any air bubbles as you apply it down. You can smooth out the air bubbles using a foam roller or credit card, but we highly recommend that you ask a friend to spot you during this step!
  6. Once the wallpaper is firmly stuck down, leave it to dry and et voila!

 


10 OTHER IDEAS TO REPURPOSE YOUR WALLPAPER

    1. Create a stairway to heaven.
    2. Upholster a lampshade.
    3. Use the leftover wallpaper as gift wrap.
    4. Wallpaper your ceilings
    5. Create a splash back with your favourite wallpaper pattern ... just make sure you protect it with glass!
    6. Jazz up your clothing hangers.
    7. Frame your favourite patterns and add it to your picture wall.
    8. Use your leftover wallpaper scraps to decoupage.
    9. Line a tray with wallpaper to liven up breakfast in bed!
    10. Wallpaper your fridge! The fabulous Grillo Designs has done this in her kitchen! Check out her #10MinsWith interview for more amazing DIY inspiration.

For even more inspiration check out our Pinterest Board


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