Friday, October 9, 2009

Project Day: Vintage Wallpaper Doors


vintage wallpaper swatch sample book

before
after

Remember my post earlier this week? I was inspired to do something with some vintage wallpaper swatches I had. I decided to brighten up my old pantry doors in the kitchen. They looked a little boring and needed the "Beach Vintage Treatment".
  • Collect some old wallpaper. Cut offs, samples, whatever you can find. Mine are from an old sample book I purchased on Ebay.
  • Cut them up to the sizes you want. I didn't measure a thing as all my pieces were the same dimensions. I just made sure I had straight edges.
  • Stick them however you want on the surface (I used a clear drying craft glue). I wanted my pieces to be in some kind of straight line or pattern but you can do it however you please. I applied the glue to the outer edges only and made sure the corners of each piece adhered well.
  • Don't worry about perfection. My pieces overlap here and there are different sized pieces.
This took me about 2 hours from start to finish. It was so much fun and I love the end result. Wallpaper is easy to wipe down too if a mark appears. Well I am off for my birthday weekend to Byron Bay. I can hear the waves calling me now. Must fly. Have a good one. Simone xx

72 comments:

  1. Fabulous, very nice work!

    Have a wonderful birthday week-end :)

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  2. so beautiful...
    have a lovely weekend -

    moa in norway...

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  3. YOU ROCK!

    this is awesome. you have a great eye for patterns. i am an admirer of your creativity!!! this is really great. wow.

    gushfully yours,
    elyse
    xo

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  4. This is the neatest idea! I love it!

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  5. Happy Birthday you clever and do-it-now girl! Pantry doors have never looked so inviting.

    Cheers-Hope you have a happy weekend. Love BB,

    Marjorie

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  6. That is so beautiful!!
    Have a wonderful birthday weekend!!
    HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!! (can you hear me all the way up there!!?)
    :)Irene x

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  7. Love the end result!! Very inspiring. Happy Birthday and enjoy your weekend.

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  8. I LOVE this look! I adore quilts and this looks like a door quilt! Thanks for the inspiration. I may just have to find a door in need of some dressing up now!
    Brenda

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  9. They look gorgeous now!
    Happy Birthday and hope you have a fantabulous weekend away.

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  10. This looks so good Simone, I may steal the idea for one of the shops!

    Have a very, happy, happy birthday.
    Katexxx

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  11. That looks awesome! My laundry room doors off the kitchen are similar to those, and I would love to do something like that. Too bad my condo is destined to be a rental someday. I have to keep things kind of plain. I can't wait to have a house to actually decorate sometime soon. :)

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  12. Oh simone it looks so pretty..Have a wonderful weekend!

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  13. What a great idea! Love it! Love it! Love it! It definately took ordinary doors and made them extraordinary!

    Happy Birthday and hope you have a great weekend!

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  14. Fabulous as always! Your birthday weekend?! Have a great time!!!

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  15. What a great idea! The doors look so amazing

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  16. Amazing!! Can't wait to try this somewhere!
    Blessings
    Roxanne

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  17. I LOVE them! WOW when you say you are going to do a project, you are right on it! Thanks for sharing, this amazing!

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  18. WOW! The doors look brilliant! I wish they were at my house....Just gorgeous!

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  19. I love this so much. I wonder what my family would think if I did this to our linen cupboards. Seeing I'm the only one that likes vintage really, I don't think it would go down well.

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  20. Hi Simone,
    The end product is really interesting. It fits your home and style so well. This is definitely a project I would never have thought to do.
    Warm regards,
    Jane (Artfully Graced)

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  21. This was a wonderful idea! I will save this one and try it out on something in my home!

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  22. Have a fabulous birthday weekend, lucky girl very jealous xx

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  23. I love it! What a great idea. It really livens up that area. I really like the patterns you chose.

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  24. I love it! Have a great birthday weekend Simone! xx

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  25. They look fantastic!!Now thats a project Ill definitely have to try,mmm, somewhere in my home!
    Sue

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  26. Just gorgeous, Simone. So bright and cheerful. Enjoy your weekend at Byron and a very Happy Birthday!
    Clare x

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  27. Happy Birthday Simone! Have a lovely time in Byron, you lucky girl!
    Love, love, love the wallpaper door. I shall definitely scout around for some samples now. Thanks for this post.
    I toured Sea Shepherd's ship today. I'll Blog about it later today if you get a chance to read next week. I know you love them as much as I do! xx

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  28. so you did it! the final effect is so lovely! i simply love your projects!
    wish you a great friday and a great weekend!
    justyna

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  29. Oh wow you did it, what a gorgeous result, am feeling very envious right now, very good job, Happy Weekend, Jas xx

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  30. Simone what a way to jazz up some kitchen doors. It looks unreal great job. Sandy

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  31. This is wonderful, like a charming old-fashioned patchwork quilt on the wall.

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  32. Such a great idea!! Looks so pretty!

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  33. Wow - it looks fab! I wish I had a home to decorate! I can imagine I'd have a war with the boyfriend though on this one...still it is excellent! Maybe I could use this for my cafe ideas! xxx

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  34. You did it! And I love it! Super cute.
    A birthday week end? Happy Birthday and have fun! ♥

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  35. Beautiful! What a nice touch of whimsy!

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  36. Oh my goodness...this is so beauitful...Love this idea and may just have to do this...so much to do so little time...my list keeps on growing! Thanks for this!

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  37. What a great idea!! I've never been able to find any books of vintage wallpaper samples but, if I do, I have the perfect closet to use them on. :)

    ~ Wendy
    http://Crickleberrycottage.blogspot.com/

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  38. These doors are gorgeous...I would like this vintage look in my drawers too. Have a happy weekend, xv.

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  39. Beautiful!!
    I've actually been doing something similar with an old dresser in our back sun porch. I just took pretty patterned computer paper and scrapbook paper and began decoupaging it onto the drawers and door. Now I have the top and sides left to do!

    Your doors turned out so pretty! I'm sure it brightens up your whole kitchen! I hope my project turns out as good!
    Enjoy!
    And I hope you have a wonderful Birthday get-away!
    All best wishes to you!,
    Eileen

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  40. Fabulous!! Have a happy weekend! :)

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  41. I absolutely love it! Enjoy your weekend.

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  42. I love it !!!! beautiful idea !!!

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  43. How adorable. That's being very creative. I love your blog it is very inspiring.

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  44. WOW! I love it, it looks great! Love your blog. Thanks for inspiring me!

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  45. I know I've said it before, but I LOVE your project days!

    Those doors look great! I love being surround by colours and patterns like that, it always brightens my day.

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  46. WOW that is so great. The pieces all work so well together. What makes it even better is that it is vintage pieces so they have that look that only vintage paper has, Enjoy your weekend, hope you get a chance to go to Bangalow near by as there is great Antique shops there, cheers Katherine

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  47. Was just wondering how you covered the doorknobs - I couldn't see them in the after picture. LOVE your blog, BTW:)

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  48. Love it! I do a lot of collage work in my paintings and this totally appeals to me. Well done.

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  49. fantastic!!! so so SO much like that image from earlier in the week. well done simone.

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  50. Wow!! Beautiful transformation!! The doors looked so boring before! Nice work :-)

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  51. OOH Happy Birthday Simone
    Love your new masterpiece.. and love those sample books too. Have a great one! x Julie

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  52. wow that turned out really pretty- I have boxes of scrapbook papers to use up and a very plain wooden stair case, so I might see what I can do!

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  53. What a great idea! I am always going through my grandmother's attic and bringing home her vintage wallpaper. Last year I used it to wrap Christmas presents but I would love to use it like you did as well. Thanks!

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  54. Oh my, how CUTE! It turned out beautifully♥♥ I've watched MANY eBay auctions for Wallpaper books, but they end up getting so $expensive${now I'm thinking it's time to get back over there & starting watching again}.
    Thanks for reminding me of my NEED for Vintage Wallpaper :)

    Happy Birthday!!

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  55. Great job! It looked fine before but now it looks awesome!!! I think it would work well with old, discontinued fabric books, too. You know the smaller ones that aren't big enough to actually make anything from, except, maybe a patchwork quilt. Anyway, your 'new' doors look just great!

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  56. THAT is the prettiest use of wallpaper I have seen in a long time! Just glorious! A-M xx

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  57. Hi Simone, its so good to be back I have missed your great blogs of great idear's, I love how you got your inspiration from for the wallpaper swatches to cover the kitchen cupboard it looks very colourfull, I would smile each time i opened the cupboards Elaine :)

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  58. Love this idea, the cupboards look great. I have a big kids wallpaper swatch book, it has beautiful papers in it. I'll have to find something to cover one day.

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  59. What a great and unique look. I love the idea of repurposing wallpaper samples (they are too lovely to waste).

    I'm so glad I found your blog.

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  60. I love this! I'll be on the look out for a vintage paper swatch book now. You must be so proud.

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  61. This is such a nice transformation, I love vintage fabrics and this doors look very nice.

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  62. Totally love this!
    So simple yet so effective!
    Love it.

    Fee x

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  63. you've made a really great job! Congratulations!

    Have great weekend!
    Gaia

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  64. I LOVE that idea!!!! It looks so wonderful and whimsical!! I had a wall I wanted to do something similar to and decided to paint wallpaper-ish flowers on instead... now I'm wishing I would have held out for wallpaper ;)

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  65. http://famillegerdel.canalblog.com/October 25, 2009 at 9:33 AM

    What a nice idea!

    Anne - Québec
    http://famillegerdel.canalblog.com/

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  66. Hi Simone! My name is Anna and I'm from Brazil. Rio de Janeiro.
    I loved your blog, especially the stool and the doors of your closet!
    I did not know where to find showcase wallpaper! It was a great discovery for me!
    Talked about her on my blog, I needed to tell this news to my readers!
    I hope you do not get upset. I put two links to your blog.
    kisses!

    Too bad that here in Brazil has no ebay, only the free market ...
    http://seilamuitascoisas.blogspot.com

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