5 Creative Uses for Wallpaper in Your Apartment

For a long time I lamented the fact that wallpaper, one of the most vibrant, unique, and efficient ways to change a space couldn’t be utilized by me, a lowly renter. It wasn’t until I was perusing Home Depot with a friend one day that I came across a roll of fabulous wallpaper I couldn’t live without. I don’t know what got into me, but I bought it, determined to find a use for it.

And I did. We had an old garage sale coffee table we kept repainting, that kept chipping, and kept getting repainted and we absolutely needed to do something with it. I googled “wallpapering a cofee table,” and lo-and-behold, I found the perfect tutorial. And so, my love affair with wallpaper began.

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Our freshly-wallpapered coffee table.

1. This is the tutorial I found, and it’s gotten even more popular since then. With some wallpaper, Modpodge, a clear finish, and a little patience it’s an incredibly simple upgrade. We bought some upholstery tacks online to complete the look:

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Unfortunately, our flimsy, second-hand coffee table only lasted us about six months with a toddler who loves to climb. RIP, beautiful. We don’t even have room for a coffee table anymore, so I’ll be using the rest of this list to help get rid of the roll we have left!

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Photo from Kelly Sue DeConnick / Flicker

2. Use it to line the back of a bookshelf.

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Photo from Blue Eyed Yonder

3. Use it to line drawers.

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Photo from Pure Home

4. Frame it for easy, chic artwork.

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Photo from BHG

5. Follow the directions at BHG.com to cover an old headboard with wallpaper.

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