Temporary Wallpaper Alternative

Love the look of wallpaper but can't take the plunge because you live in fear of your landlord dropping by?

Renters unite!!

In December, Amy posted this image from Southern Living. I fell in love with the large scale harlequin patterned wallpaper. The wheels started to turn and I began formulating a plan for "wallpapering" my entry.


Then Caitlin posted this picture of her home. She used floral tape and a little dab o' glue to "wallpaper" her entry and it encouraged me to get my rear into gear!


I placed a $20 order for four rolls of 1/2" aqua Japanese masking tape from happytape (use the code "odds10" for 10% off).


I played with the tape on the wall until I found the right proportion for the diamond and then I measured. {My diamonds are 9" wide and 16" long}


Then I made some tiny registration marks with a pencil and a ruled level.



After I put up all the tape lines, I used an Xact-o knife to clean up the edges and I was done!


I finished my entry and long hallway in less than two hours. And I think it is pretty cute.



I like how the aqua lines add some subtle color and pattern. And the great part about the Japanese masking tape is that it looks more like vellum than masking tape. It's almost transparent and creates a more understated look.


117 comments:

Kelly Green said...

you are too clever! Another fantastic project! well done, you astound me! KG

Erika @ BluLabel Bungalow said...

what a great alternative! Wonderful job!

Lavender and Lilies said...

How creative!

MyLittleHappyPlace said...

Brilliant! Now, MY wheels are spinning! ;)

Sarah La Rose said...

Fantastic job!! At first I thought CC was crazy but I really love it now! Thanks for sharing.

Have a wonderful day!!

pve design said...

insanity!

tarheel said...

oh my gosh, that's fabulous! You have an awful lot of energy for a business owner and mom to a brand new baby and two other little girls! What is in your water?!!

Claire Watkins, ASID allied said...

Great idea!

My Notting Hill said...

Looks fabulous. Also -it's great how you share your exact source, how to get and even the discount code. My daughter may be interested in doing something like this in her room - thanks!

momof3girls said...

such a great idea- I had never seen the tape you used before either -thanks for sharing!!!

Jennifer said...

How smart are you?! Love it.

Amanda said...

Oh...My...Goodness! This is fantastic! I am ready to do the exact same thing now! But I'm worried that I wouldn't be able to make it look as good... I could do it, right?! :)

my favorite and my best said...

so good. happy tape for lots of projects please.

keely @ luxe + lillies said...

This is such a great idea! I LOVE your baby blue choice!

Christy said...

That is really impressive - I love the finished look. Great color choice too!

Mrs. Jetplane said...

wow love it. I can see doing that on a wall in my guest bedroom.

Shelly said...

oh my gosh! that's awesome! you inspire me!

paula said...

looks fabulous jenny!

Bailey @ peppermintbliss said...

Bookmarking this page. One day I will learn not to be shocked and impressed by what pops up on my screen from Little Green Notebook.

Marielle said...

Very, very creative. I love design that is long on creativity and affordable for all. You are an inspiration.

I'm constantly reminded of the need for economy as my kids feather their nests and look to me for ideas and inspiration.

Today I am sewing ribbon along the edges of inexpensive curtain panels purchased at TJMaxx (54W x 90L for $5.99 each). We will have the perfect curtains for our little girls' bedrooms--practicality combined with whimsy.

spark! (Ada-Marie) said...

Looks fabulous! Bravo, Jenny!

Blueprint Bliss said...

It looks great! Inspiring me to tackle some things around my house...

alanna rose said...

I really really like this!

Martha said...

Who knew? This looks fabulous - as does everything you do!

Clare said...

This is a great solution for a small spot... I have just the spot in my house!! Thanks!

Anonymous said...

Just lovely -- you have such an inviting home!

La Maison Fou said...

I remember this one, I think it was Kitty, the Interior Designer this was a feature Christmas Home issue from Cottage Living. It was one of my favorite homes. It seems like it was a Southern home and the homeowner had a couple of little girls. The ceiling in that room was a wonderful metallc shiny lustr finish too.
I like your version in the aque too!

Laura@JourneyChic said...

Wow! It looks great! I have to say, I think I would have wound up with a big ball of tape stuck to my thumb. I can't believe it only took you two hours. Amazing!

Katy said...

This is awesome! Any other tips for renters? Do you know if those decals actually DO come off? I've always wondered.

Amanda@CasaBrasi said...

GENIUS! Speaking of tape, I used a version of your biased tape idea (duvet covers) in a nursery. I used grograin tape instead, but the idea was sparked from your blog. Thanks for the inspiration!

Susie @ Maddie's Nest said...

Looks great! What a great idea.

barbara@hodge:podge said...

As a fellow renter I am always looking for creative ideas - I like this one! I wrote a a few posts on my blog regarding tips for renters!

Petertammenson said...

OOOOOO I cannot tell you how awesome this is!! You just might save my living room walls - they make me crazy with all their whiteness!

Susan said...

that looks amazing!!! i may try that in my kitchen back-splash area but as vertical stripes!!! may i ask what your tape source was???

Jamie said...

This is fabulous! I want to do this in my bedroom, only maybe stripes instead of diamonds. I'm filing this away for every house I live in. Thanks!

Rachel said...

very fun. I don't know if I would have the patience for this, but I love it.

rikshaw design said...

you are insanely creative..!!! i love that fabric too??can you share the source?

Sweetchic Events said...

Brilliant! So much easier than painting...

Full House said...

Great job! There is that parrot again. I thought about you because in the latest issue of Elle Decor, Steven Gambrel used a parrot too.

rustic rooster interiors said...

WOW... Love it!
xoxo,
Alexandra

Carol Ann said...

Well done, to clever!

Amanda said...

wow, that's fantastic! it looks like your walls are smooth, do you think it would work on textured walls? - it's a medium texture, nothing too crazy

Isabella & Max Rooms said...

Wonderful idea and solution!! It looks just perfect. Janell

Erin from "skoots and cuddles" said...

fantastic! really fantastic! you inspire the masses! thanks for the tape source!

Ms. Bright said...

absolutely adorable! I've been trying this in my laundry room with 1/2" lime "frog" tape. love the aqua!

April said...

That looks great!

Katie said...

awesome!!! great job! STILL love that skirted table!

Amy@OldSweetSong said...

I'm speechless. This really puts the stripes of color I made on my moleskin with japanese masking tape to shaaaaaame.

And to think, I was so proud of my little strips I even posted about it!

emily said...

oh my, I LOVE IT!

Cathy said...

If I wasn't totally in love with your work before, then I am now. How cool is this!?! I have been so inspired by you that I have enrolled in an online interior design course this past weekend. Thanks for the inspiration! I'll keep you posted...

nameisgrace said...

i really do learn something new every time i visit your blog. this really is genius!

Centsational Girl said...

You clever girl! Love the aqua !

Kate

Katie Vint said...

Super cute! Totally going to give this a try in my dorm room!

Melissa said...

Jenny--I cannot believe you posted this today-- I've been contemplating the exact same thing for our hallway! I love the inspiration pic (by the way, that's painted on! It's from Kitty White's home in Atlanta, first published in Cottage Living--she did the walls herself!) and I've been really wanting to recreate it in our hall-- but the painting process seemed like SO much work. Your way seems a little easier-- GREAT job!!!!

Donna said...

Very cute! Love that color!

Tanya and Colin said...

That is such a fantastic idea! Creative much!!!

Melissa Y. Allam said...

Ah, you are so brilliant. You come up with the most creative ideas I have seen yet. I think it looks great and I like the subtleness of the blue tape.

Wendy said...

I'm with Tarheel: how in the world do you do all of this with such a full plate? Time for a post on time and energy management! PLEASE!

Andrea J said...

Thanks for this suggestion, I really like it and have the perfect wall on which to use such an idea.

Pink Wallpaper said...

you never cease to amaze me with how creative you are!

Stacy said...

Love it! I've been stalking that site hoping for a sale on the tape. yea!!!

PS~Erin said...

Very cool and such a neat idea! Thanks for sharing the step-by-step process!

Laura Ferry-Jimenez said...

love it! gotta save this post - we might be moving, find out in two months. but if we stay put, I'm so doing this in my entry!

I love projects that I can be finished before my husband comes home! :)

fric and frac said...

Looks great! I love the lattice! I painted a lattice pattern in my entryway and this looks much easier! Beautiful!

Navy Bean said...

LOVE this idea! Thanks for sharing!!

Emily said...

I love that chandelier, and the umbrella holder!!

Tish said...

I love it! I'm always so scared to put up wallpaper.

Laurie Jones said...

I love it, it looks beautiful, great color choice! Now I hope you do a step by step of your entryway table! Its just as great!!

Katherine said...

Oh my goodness, I totally want to try this somewhere! Great idea!

Jolleen said...

found you via beachbungalow8...i'll definitely be doing a couple of your great projects!!!

Jessica said...

It looks super. But am I the only one thinking that duct tape on walls isn't really impermanent? I can imagine that it's going to pull some wall down when it's time for it to come down. Just thinking...

Design Darling said...

jenny, this is BEAUTIFUL! congratulations on another amazing project.

Millar said...

What?! I love this!

Design A-Peele said...

I am amazed at how cool this looks! tape, saves one entry hall way at a time :)

Anna See said...

Prepare to be copied, many many times! This is so innovative and simple! Well, I'm sure my diamonds wouldn't have turned out shaped like diamonds, but I can admire yours. Love the color!

pretty young things said...

I'm so in awe of you! All of your projects are simply amazing!! This one has to be my favorite, though. Who knew $20 of masking tape could look so chic? I've been searching for temporary wallpaper since I'm a renter, but this is definitely what I'm going to do!!

jen jafarzadeh said...

looks fantastic! bravo for a new use for that amazing japanese tape. I love the color you chose, too.

Megan @ Megity's Handmade said...

Fantastic!! I really like the subtle texture of it. And that Caitlin is pretty dang clever too.

Joi said...

Love it!

KatieBabie said...

AND.. you just had a baby! WOW... and umm did you make your umbrella stand!? do share!?!?

Anonymous said...

Beautiful! what is the fabric on the console? Brunschwig & Fils?

Jenna said...

Whoa! How creative! And here I was all ready to stencil, but this might be better yet! I ordered some happytape for Christmas wrapping, but may have to go check out their selection again. Hmm... You're got me thinkin'!

Natalie Call said...

Oh wow! LOVE LOVE LOVE! Your blog is so inspirational!

Linda at Lime in the Coconut! said...

Now... who would've guessed?!? Looks spectac!

But I ADORE the table. The fabric is gorgeous! I made a small table like that with plain linen.

The prints are wonderful too....look great with the happy tape!

Meaghan said...

this is AWESOME! i don't know if i could do this really :-/ the color is so great too. i'm gonna ask again...could you show us how to do that ikat table?! it rocks!

Jen of Made By Girl said...

WOW...you remind me of Kate from Centsational girl! You rock...!


Jen Ramos
www.madebygirl.com
madebygirl.blogspot.com

Dagny @ Beautiful Living said...

Amazing project!! Here I am, complaining about having to paint my credenza for a paint job, and you've taped a whole wall!!

Sarah Perryman said...

Very interesting idea. It is amazing what you can do with a little creativity and out-of-the-box thinking.

Ginger said...

You are too cute! Please come to my house and work some magic :)

LindsB said...

Such a fun idea and I love that you ordered blue Japanese making tape to make it a tad bit different than the others. The pattern and color are just subtle enough to make it look outstanding!

Mrs. Chic said...

Very cute idea, of course that blue looks perfect!

Jan (Family Bites) said...

Okay...I now need to do this, this weekend. What a great idea for adding a pop of colour.

lemondropdreams said...

Oooooo...I remember seeing happy tape in Martha Stewart Living a couple months ago. I'm wanting to redo my entry and this inspires me. I posted your entry on my blog.

amyks said...

What a lovely entry way and oh so clever with the happy tape

Ninja Realty Online said...

Very cool. Our clients who rent Downtown Austin apartments thank the author of this blog for decorating tips - http://www.apartmentninjas.com/area-search/area/Austin-Downtown-Apartments.html

Lisa S said...

It looks great! I just hope the little kiddies don't discover it and start peeling away on it. lol

Jenny @ Anything Pretty said...

This is such a creative idea. I love the color and the pattern. Your ideas always amaze me.

Southern Aspirations said...

brilliant. you are amazing.

The Goods Design said...

What a phenomenal idea! Definitely takes lots of patienceand precision!

Iryna@Renewstuff said...

Wonderful! I have been contemplating a similar diamond design for my outdated dresser. Now I know how I might do it - with some tape! By the way, thanks so much for your blog! I am always amazed by your choice of colors and classic shapes.

Elizabeth said...

Wow! What a great idea. I would love to do vertical stripes but my ceilings are 15 feet high, and I just don't see that working!

Maybe under the molding for a pretty stripe...

sarah said...

well done! xo

Katie said...

This is awesome! Thanks for sharing! I bet one of those nifty laser level jobbies would make this super simple too. Must talk to FIL about that. :D

Delia said...

As a renter, this would be a great way to spruce up an apt. that you cannot wallpaper or paint!!

Anonymous said...

Um, stop it. You are killing me with your talent!

Paulette said...

What a great idea. I love how you added both texture and color with this uber simple fix.

Melissa said...

i love it! So simple yet gives such charector. Fun idea.

2 Hounds Design said...

Lovely!

I'd like to see the door painted in a teal now to bring it up to the standard you've set for the entrance!

BTW, your Ikat fabric is beautiful and the crisp tailoring is great!

Just found your blog and I'm so please to follow,

Dane

Tracy Elaine said...

What a great idea! It would work well for apartment dwellers like me, since it comes right off without leaving marks.

Meg said...

Great look! I hadn't heard of this tape. I wanted to do the same look on the ceiling in my living room, I was just dreading all the taping and painting, this will be much better! Thanks for sharing :D

Nancy Ward said...

Hi!

Today I posted an entry on my blog with a link to this tutorial.

I'd appreciate your letting me know if that's OK.

Thanks,

Nancy Ward
http://paperfriendly.blogspot.com

Ryan said...

So cute, but the umbrella holder is what I can't stop looking at!! I'm dying for the source/instructions!

maryp said...

I loved this back in January when you posted, but I still love it five months later! I can't wait to try this in my new apartment when I move next month :o)

Isabel said...

super idea. I am moving soon and browsing the net for inspiration, many thanks from Berlin

Dianna said...

thanks for the great idea! i'm not a renter, but i do have commitment issues when it comes to paint/wallpaper, so this project was perfect for me. if you want to checkout my before & after, i've posted them on my blog (http://seamsofthought.blogspot.com/2011/03/tape.html). thanks again! p.s. i love, love, love your blog!

PolkaDot Lighthouse said...

Hi there, thanks for sharing this idea! We loved it so much we’ve put a link to it on our blog www.polkadotlighthouseuk.blogspot.com along with a few other MT ideas! Thanks again!
Olga

.life is reediculous. said...

yes. i want this happytape immediately.

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