Peelable Wallpaper on a Budget

3 Materials
2 Hours

Living in a rental seriously cramps my style when it comes to revamping appearances. Paint is all too permanent and the cost of temporary wallpaper is out of my meager budget.

Rental living might limit the possibilities, but also drastically tests my creative and out of the box thinking.

I have been redecorating my kids shared room and was insanely tempted to just whip out the paint and paintbrush. But after realizing how totally unmotivated I was to paint and repaint before koving, I opted for a way cheaper and temporary fix.

Here's how I created an accent wall with not-your-grandmas contact paper!

Step 1

Wal-Mart had a great in store selection for contact paper for budget friendly buyers. This roll was less than $6 & I purchased 3 to cover the entire wall.

Contact paper is a super easy find and inexpensive online and in stores.

Step 2

This contact paper comes with a grid on the back for measuring and cutting. I cut this roll into roughly 18 inch squares to apply on the wall.

Step 3

Peel back the top few inches of the contact paper from the liner and align it to the corner of the ceiling and wall. Once the contact paper is lined straight, continue to peel back the liner and carefully press the contact paper to the wall, rubbing out any bubbles.

Step 4

Use an exacto knife or box cutter to carefully trim any excess contact paper. This helps create slick lines and more clean appearance.

Step 5

Adhere squares of contact paper slightly overlapping. Make sure to match up the pattern to avoid obvious seams on your wall.

Step 6

Continue applying your contact paper, overlapping and matching the seams until the entire wall is covered! Once finished, stand back & admire your new accent wall on an incredible budget!

When you're ready to take it off doen the road, peel it off easily without leaving a residue!

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  • Rosa Ramirez Rosa Ramirez on Sep 02, 2020

    Thanks for the idea, I was wondering what I could do to the walls in the my bedroom without needing to paint. Will have to try it!

    • Lydia Lydia on Sep 02, 2020

      This is honestly the BEST solution to transform a wall while avoiding having to paint!

  • Kevin Kevin on Oct 18, 2020

    Contact Paper a great resource for all kinds of projects