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Before and After: Pinupsweetheart's Gorgeous Boudoir Walls

Before and After: Pinupsweetheart's Gorgeous Boudoir Walls

TeamSugar member Pinupsweetheart recently wrote to tell me about her awesome DIY project for livening up her walls. She writes, "I have wanted to find an inexpensive way to decorate my boring white walls of my apartment ever since I moved in. Of course, my lease does not allow me to paint. I wanted to get removable wall decals, but they are so expensive! So I found step-by-step instructions on how to make your own wall decals using contact paper. I gave it a shot and it worked."

To see how well it worked, and to find out how to make your own,


Pinupsweetheart explains that, "The contact paper makes it cheap, removable and movable. If I didn't like where I put a decal, I simply removed it and placed it somewhere else. I just needed a step ladder (to get the high spots because I am 5'4"), scissors, poster paper to make patterns, marker and a credit card to smooth it down. I found my black contact paper on for around $35. I have had it up for a couple weeks and I have not had an issue with curling at the edges, leaving marks, or falling down. My apartment can get up to 100 degrees when I am not home — so this works!"

Want to make your own? Get all of the steps tomorrow when I show you how!

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jilliantaylor jilliantaylor 8 years
What a great idea!! I have been wanting to do something similar to my walls but can't because I rent! Thanks for the freat idea!!
krae85 krae85 8 years
I love the bedspread, too. can I move in?
gr_09 gr_09 8 years
i am going to give this a shot! thank u
cleo777 cleo777 8 years
I love that! Great job!!
uilq uilq 8 years's not an easy job.
amber_castaldo amber_castaldo 8 years
What a great idea. I will have to try this in my son's room.
palinsux palinsux 8 years
Great idea, but that pattern with the patterned bedspread is nauseating. Way too busy. Might have been better to trace some of the flowers on the bedspread and then transfer them to the contact paper. But the trick would be to use them judiciously. Not necessarily a big fan of going matchy-matchy, but I think it would look better than what you've got there (those walls are very plain).
snowysakurasky snowysakurasky 8 years
too much for me, but its impressive that you did that yourself!
boxerwomanb boxerwomanb 8 years
I too love bold patterns. I think you came up with a great solution for your situation-that's thinking outta the box! And the pattern? I love it!!! Who wouldn't want to wake up to that each day! You did it perfectly.....not too little/not too much!
danixk danixk 8 years
that's awesome! I love it!
gigiwin gigiwin 8 years
I don't like it. It gives me a headache. ^_^
gruaig_rua gruaig_rua 8 years
Amazing job!
girlie871 girlie871 8 years
Wow. I love it!
pinupsweetheart pinupsweetheart 8 years
Thanks for all the comments. I wanted the dark black design since my bed is a black metal bed with a Roxy surfer bedspread. I love bold designs and something that stands out. My walls are actually textured and I had zero problem with the contact paper sticking. You can find other colors/patterns at Target and WallMart. My design was actually 4-5 swirls that I repeated and layered the way I wanted it. The best thing is I have tons of contact paper left and I can easily remove and resign if I want to. You can't do that with paint or expensive pre-designed decals. Muah to all my popsugar friends!
Kimpossible Kimpossible 8 years
Gorgeous - you did a great job!!!
kathili kathili 8 years
So gorgeous
cookie23 cookie23 8 years
The walls in my place are textured and grooved almost like stucco but smoother ... i wonder if this would still work?
Liss1 Liss1 8 years
I love it!
RosaDilia RosaDilia 8 years
Great idea! Decals would've have never crossed my mind if I were in a situation like this.
Phorrest99 Phorrest99 8 years
this is awesome! :D I've also been trying to spruce up my apartment & have been seriously thinking of the wall decals since I can't paint. I love the ideas of a DIY wall decal! Can't wait to see how to do it :)
Leilanic1 Leilanic1 8 years
that's awesome! what a fantastic idea!
ualili ualili 8 years
Wow, what a great idea!
bigestivediscuit bigestivediscuit 8 years
Looks AMAZING!!!
Neekoh Neekoh 8 years
Wow! Look at you :) Definitely a great idea; I'm super impressed and actually kind of interested in trying it out myself.
sundaygreen sundaygreen 8 years
like the idea but not the pattern. i would have done something a bit less bold too, like a light grey decal on the white walls, instead of the black.
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