Ginnie - Hello Little Home
Ginnie - Hello Little Home
  • Hometalker
  • Dallas, TX

DIY Removeable Wallpaper

3 Materials

I’ve always wanted to hang wallpaper in my home. I love the beautiful patterns, plus it makes big impact in small spaces like mine.
As a renter, wallpaper can be tricky though. I avoid making any changes to my apartment that will require a lot of work when I move out. Moving is hard enough without having to repaint before leaving, or worse: losing a deposit!
I found a wallpaper pattern that I loved though, and decided to do a little experimenting. This DIY removable wallpaper in the kitchen is the result!
diy removeable wallpaper, wall decor
Cut out a piece of contact paper to fit your wall, then use a sharpie to draw the position of outlets (and anything else that needs an opening) on the grid side of the contact paper. Use a scissors or utility knife to cut out these openings.
diy removeable wallpaper, wall decor
Apply the contact paper to the wall.
diy removeable wallpaper, wall decor
Place the paper backing on your wallpaper and using it as a template, cut out the wallpaper to fit your wall.
diy removeable wallpaper, wall decor
Place your wallpaper face down, and then cover evenly with the spray adhesive.
diy removeable wallpaper, wall decor
Quickly apply the wallpaper to your wall.
diy removeable wallpaper, wall decor
The wallpaper made a huge difference in my tiny kitchen, and it came off cleanly when I moved.
diy removeable wallpaper, wall decor
Please visit my blog for more tons of extra tips and detailed step by step directions.

Suggested materials:

  • Wallpaper or other decorative paper
  • Contact paper
  • Adhesive spray

Top Hometalk Projects

31 Amazing Furniture Flips You Have to See to Believe
15 Pieces Of Furniture That DIYers Built From Scratch
11 Unexpected Ways to Use Spices in Your Home
The Easiest Ways to Grow a Bumper Crop of Tomatoes
18 Adorable Container Garden Ideas To Copy This Spring
17 Faux Brick Ideas For Your Home
15 Genius Curtain Ideas To Instantly Upgrade Your Space
15 Genius Curtain Ideas To Instantly Upgrade Your Space
No Way! These Pops of Color Were Made With Dollar Store Items!
22 Ideas To Make Your Terra Cotta Pots Look Oh-So-Pretty
31 Space Saving Storage Ideas That'll Keep Your Home Organized
15 Kitchen Updates Under $20
Turn Your Old Junk Into The Perfect Home For Your Plants
The Easiest Ways to Grow a Bumper Crop of Tomatoes
31 American Flag Ideas That Will Fill You With Pride
Ginnie - Hello Little Home

Want more details about this and other DIY projects? Check out my blog post!


Have a question about this project?

3 of 66 questions
  • Carol
    on Mar 1, 2019

    Why is adhesive necessary, since contact paper will adhere to a smooth surface all by itself? And if it IS necessary, why spray it on the contact paper backing instead of the contact paper itself?

  • Melody Boling Medlock
    on Mar 9, 2019

    I am also a renter and have wanted to do this. However, during my research I've heard that the contact paper is hard to remove. All research said it can leave a sticky residue and that the longer it is in the harder it is to remove. It also said that walls are one if the hardest places to remove it from. It stated that you have since moved and that it was removed easily. How did you remove it and did it damage the paint underneath at all?

  • Lori
    on May 19, 2019

    We have a Formica back splash and we are renting. What do you think about this for us ?

Join the conversation

2 of 214 comments
  • Shireen Holtak
    on Mar 6, 2019

    Love this idea. I will look for water-proof wallpaper for my kitchen

  • Anne Hardy
    on May 18, 2019

    I will try this over my ugly splash back tiles

    using a few layers of Mod Podge over it to make it waterproof

Your comment...