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Cool Idea: A Bright and Fantastic DIY Wall

Alexa, the creative presence behind the blog The Swell Life, recently transformed a wall in her apartment from a boring off-white shade to this eye-catching grid of color. The project is renter-friendly, and it cost her less than $20. Plus, most importantly, it looks utterly fantastic.

Alexa explains, "Like a lot of people, I live in an apartment. The type of apartment complex that doesn't allow painting of any kind. I really try to jazz up the blah eggshell walls with color, whether it be colorful artwork or colored lampshades that cast a hue on the wall. Well, I wanted to step it up a notch with my décor beyond that and do something totally different with my bedroom wall that would make visitors come in and say, 'Wow! You did that?'"

Wow indeed! To find out what she made this wall from,


Alexa achieved this look through multicolored scrapbook pages, Zot adhesive glue dots, and a tape measure. Yes, scrapbook paper. I was surprised, too! Want the full DIY directions to get the same look? Read all about it on her site!

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Symphonee Symphonee 8 years
I think I might do this in my son's room
Pets Pets 8 years
Next weekend project, coming right up!
pinklady8287 pinklady8287 8 years
Love it!
c4rolin3 c4rolin3 8 years
this is a really good idea. obviously if you were a home owner not a renter you could do this with paint. if it was for a kids room then washable paint... could even throw in a few squares of blackboard paint to get creative and allow the temptation to draw on walls!
caryatid caryatid 8 years
very cute!
smileyface smileyface 8 years
That is amazingly awesome. I would love to do something like that in my apt, but I don't have any small walls...all of my walls are really long.
Kalliefornia Kalliefornia 8 years
I'm loving this! Seriously I am considering running out to Michael's right now. Hope this solves my bare wall problem in the guest room.
lilkimbo lilkimbo 8 years
Which was kind of my point. Obviously I figured out on my own that you could replace a piece if you needed to.
lilkimbo lilkimbo 8 years
Plus, I would have to be replacing pieces far too frequently. It wouldn't be worth it for me. But it might work for someone else.
plus_2_kid plus_2_kid 8 years
ps - but I'm not too psyched about that candle in the lower right corner now that I know the whole thing is made of paper!!!
plus_2_kid plus_2_kid 8 years
It's the perfect execution that makes this work - congratulations Alexa: it looks stunning. And lilkimbo, if a piece gets dirty, replace it!!
Angelica Angelica 8 years
Aw, this would be fun in a kid's room!
amloveaffair amloveaffair 8 years
My husband did a rasterbation ( and a close up in his 'office' because we can't paint either :/
Modus-Vivendi Modus-Vivendi 8 years
Ohh, I like it!
burningphoenix burningphoenix 8 years
Interesting idea!
aimeeb aimeeb 8 years
lilkimbo lilkimbo 8 years
I like the way it looks, but I would be afraid the paper would get dirty, wrinkled, bent, etc.
SaRaH-22 SaRaH-22 8 years
Its really cute but even if i spent the rest of my life trying i would never get all the spacing right!
margokhal margokhal 8 years
I don't care where I live, I want to do this on a wall! It makes everything look a lot less boring - and it's better than just having random art and movie posters.
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