New Uses for Old Wallpaper
|A few months ago I scored a major find at an estate sale in my neighborhood. I found 2 large old wallpaper sample books for $1 each. It appears that they are from the 1950’s or 1960’s, and they are chocked full of blast-from-the-past vintage wallpaper samples.|
|Of course, it’s not like I can use it to wallpaper a wall or anything. But it got my wheels spinning thinking of how I could incorporate these vintage snipits into my home.|
I love this retro bandana print . . .
These are so sweetly nostalgic!
Mid-century cool –
Classic, just classic.
|What to do? Let’s get some inspiration. I like this example from Better Homes and Garden. What a cool way to customize an old dresser! All you need is a little Mod Podge and your imagination. And how about a very custom lampshade?|
|With larger pieces of wallpaper, you can cover a folding screen like they did here.|
You can frame wallpaper samples very easily and very inexpensively. Maybe I’ll do a cluster of framed vintage wallpaper . . . imagine the possibilities!
|Maybe like this!|
|Frame a picture with a vintage wallpaper scrap for an original work of art.|
Or maybe just go crazy with a patchwork focal wall of wallpaper samples to make a truly original statement.
|This is the weekend project I decided to tackle with my vintage wallpaper scraps. It’s an old doctor’s medicine cabinet – my husband bought it for me when we were dating. I simply taped a few pieces of my wallpaper samples in the back of it and, voila, a lovely backdrop for my vintage book collection.|
|Other ideas I’ve had: very special wrapping paper for that extra-special present or decoupaged boxes for decorative display. Oh, and wouldn’t it be absolutely precious to use it to wallpaper a dollhouse? You could even cut out smaller pieces for area rugs and doll-sized wall art. I would love to hear any ideas you have for new uses for old wallpaper samples. I refuse to let this stuff go to waste!|