First of all, I wanted to say thank you for all your comments and prayers yesterday. I know our prayers for Chivis are not in vain.
On a lighter note, I have never wallpapered anything before. And actually the idea of it scares me a little bit. Mainly because wall paper is generally very expensive and messing a bunch of pieces up could get very costly. But this next idea was neither expensive or difficult.
Before I show you how I did it, let me tell you why I did it. The upstairs room had a lot of hard surfaces in it (wood and metal mostly), so I needed to bring something into the space to soften it. The layering of the different book pages provided that softness along with a lot of texture. This idea was also great because the drywall on the ceiling wasn't done really well (by the previous owners) and the seams were very visible. Of course we could have fixed this with some joint compound, but the book pages did a fantastic job of hiding the less that perfect drywall job! So, here's how you do it.
1. Gather a number of old books and tear out the pages.
2. Buy wallpaper paste. I chose this brand because it said it would stick to a glossy paint surface.
3. Take a page at a time and brush the wallpaper paste on one side with a paint brush.
4. Apply each page to the wall/ceiling and smooth out any wrinkles or air bubbles with an old credit card or hotel room key. (All you Dave Ramsey followers can finally get some use out of your credit cards again!) :)
Here's my wonderful mom showing us how it's done! She actually did most of the ceiling herself. Did I mention she's amazing?
And here are a few cropped shots of how it turned out!
Get a better view of the book page wallpaper and the entire room on Monday when I reveal the entire space!
Until then, love on your family this weekend, won't you?