Wallpaper Upcycling Ideas for your Home

So this week I’m bringing you Wallpaper Wednesday with a twist. As you probably know I’m a big fan of Pinterest and love finding homes and interiors inspirations on there. On of my favourite boards is of course, my Wallpaper board where I not only collect images of lovely wallpaper but also look out for great ideas for wallpaper upcycling. Wallpaper isn’t just for walls you know.

So this week I want to show you a few of my favourite ideas and hopefully give you some inspiration for how you can use your favourite wallpaper in your home.

Wallpaper upcycling ideas

Wallpaper Upcycling Wall Storage:

This first idea is a simple one and a great way to add unique interest to your walls. Look out for some old drawers in different sizes, insert your favourite left over wallpaper and arrange on the wall for a quirky wall display or storage for your treasures. Great for a kid’s room too.

wallpaper upcycling ideas

Wallpaper Upcycling on Stairs:

If you’ve never come across this before you may be a little taken aback but I just love this idea. Great for old houses and big hallways, here you can strip back the carpet and really add some interest with different types of wallpaper. Choose your favourite and really give it unique look.

wallpaper upcycling ideas

Wallpaper Upcycled Shelves:

This looks so pretty and could be done on ordinary bookcases too. I love the vintage collection of wallpapers used here but you don’t necessarily have to be so quirky, you could just choose two of your favourite coordinating wallpapers and use them alternately on the backing for a more uniform effect.

wallpaper upcycling ideas

Wallpaper Upcycled Coffee Table:

If a vintage retro print isn’t for you not to worry, you could choose any wallpaper for this project and include it in your room decor. This one is from folksy.com but you could come up with your own ideas to create something unique for you.

wallpaper upcycling ideas

Upcycled Wardrobe:

You can do this to any degree by just adding a small piece inside the wardrobe itself or going all the way as in this image and add wallpaper to great effect on every area. Coordinating with the wallcolour like this will really give a unified look.

wallpaper upcycing ideas

Wallpaper Upcycling for your Gadgets:

Don’ think that upcycling is just for your furniture. I love this fun and quirky wallpaper upcycled radio! What a great way to help your gadgets blend into the decor.

Wallpaper upcycling ideas

So do you feel inspired? If you want to check out more wallpaper upcycling ideas then take a look at my Love Wallpaper Pinterest board, where you’ll find these and many more.


Jen Stanbrook
Jen Stanbrook

Jen is an award winning digital publisher and has been creating interiors and home decor content for over 10 years.
She has an insatiable love of home interiors, has worked with hundreds of brands, and currently supports many bloggers within the creative industries to share their expertise through writing.
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  1. mummylish
    September 11, 2013 / 11:06 am

    I love these ideas Jen they are gorgeous. My absolutely favourite is the stairs, how fun are they!!!

    • Jen
      September 11, 2013 / 2:40 pm

      Thank you! I know those stairs are fab aren’t they. I’m loving the wallpaper backed shelving too, so easy to do and so effective.

  2. Becky
    September 12, 2013 / 8:51 pm

    These ideas are fabulous I feel inspired!

  3. KarenAnita
    September 13, 2013 / 10:10 pm

    Eeep I can’t decide which I love the most!
    I also have so many mini tester paint pots and I think a lot of these ideas would lend well to using those up as well. Thanks for the inspiration 🙂 x

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