By Lorre Lei Jackson
Here’s a little design inspiration for those of you looking for an alternative to buying a brand new headboard – especially if you love to repurpose materials in your décor.
A few years back I was on a mission to complete a bedroom makeover and was in need of a new headboard for a single bed. I was challenged by the fact that I really wanted to use the wall behind the bed to display a grouping of my favorite pieces of art. I knew I needed something that would enhance but not compete with the art. I decided that the headboard needed to be wooden, simple, and classic but to my surprise I couldn’t find anything I liked! I searched stores, catalogs, and the web, yet all I could seem to find was brass, painted metal, and fabric. Nothing came close to what I had in mind…so I decided to get a little creative and come up with a DIY headboard.
I happened to have a leftover piece of repositionable vinyl wallpaper that was an artist-designed blue faux linen. It matched the décor of the room and had just the right amount of subtle texture and elegance I wanted. I gave up my search for the perfect headboard and instead decided to make something totally unique using the scrap wallpaper. For a bargain price at a craft store/framing shop, I found a wooden frame in a size comparable to that of a headboard. I simply cut the wallpaper to fit the frame’s glass, peeled back the backing and applied it to the glass. Just like that, I had a brand new headboard more pleasing to me than anything I could have found in a store.
It’s Not Trash UNTIL You Throw It Away!
The nice thing about using removable and repositionable wallpaper for a project like this is that you can always peel it back off and try again if you don’t get it positioned right the first time. And if I tire of this look, I can remove the wallpaper from the glass frame, roll it onto the backing sheet that I’ve saved, and use it again for something else! I don’t have to worry if it gets dirty while serving its purpose as a headboard because all I have to do is wipe it clean with a damp cloth.
Remember – it doesn’t become waste until you throw it away. Repositionable wallpaper can have many lives and serve many other purposes other than just wallpaper. My own daughters have used this same product in their homes, as the pictures show. All of these projects were simple to do and achieved very unique, personalized design results. And who knows? These wallpapers may turn up in other applications down the road!
Lorre Lei Jackson is a partner in Casart coverings; a family-owned, female-run business producing repositionable, removable, reusable wall coverings made in the USA.