Monday, November 12, 2007


Wallpaper is a great way to add colour, texture and pattern to a room- but it can be quite costly. I gave Derek and Vanessa a wall treatment that is completely unique to them- it is entirely one of a kind, designed with Derek and Nessa in mind.

A closet, powder room, or other small space is ideal for a treatment like this as it's a small space, and one where you can make a lot of impact without feeling entirely overwhelmed by the pattern.

Here's how we did it:

1) Design your graphic. It can be something as simple as a series of shapes, random letters, or in our case, birds and trees. While my design may look complicated, it is essentially a series of long simple twig shapes and circles. The love birds (of course inspired by Derek and Nessa) were the most complicated element.

2) Cut the graphic out of contact paper. I used a roll of white adhesive paper, purchased from an art supply store. I got a large roll for $24.99, I used not even 1/4 of a roll for this project. Ensure you use something with low tack, otherwise you risk damaging the wall when you remove it.

3) Apply it to the wall in your desired pattern, try to ensure all the air bubbles are out. You are creating a mask that will reveal the original colour of your wall after painting. A pass with a clean roller will get your stickers as flat as possible. (A note before you start: you may also want to clean or prime your wall first, depending on its condition.)

4) Paint! We used a fun, bold colour. Again, a small space can be an opportunity to experiment with bold colours that you might shy away from in other areas of the house.

5) Remove the adhesive to reveal the original colour of the wall.

A note of caution- I might recommend trying this on a smaller scale first, like on an artist canvas or on a section of a wall. There was definitely a learning curve when I did it (this was the first time I've ever attempted something like this)- but it was a great experiment, with a fun result.


Derrick November 19, 2007 at 9:53 AM  

Hi Lisa,
I absolutely LOVE the graphic you did in the "cloffice". I would love to do this in my daughters room (she is 18 months) I was thinking a pale green colour. ANy advice or do you think this would be too much for a babys room? Thanks for inspiring me!
Do you have a better picture you can post of the graphic and of the birds?
Thanks in advance for your reply!

Candy November 20, 2007 at 1:14 PM  

i love the design! love it! i'm planning on doing the same thing on one of my walls. and i've actually decided on a similar tone of blue which is great! keep up the terrific work!!! =D

Lisa Santos November 21, 2007 at 8:11 AM  

Hey Kelly and Candy, Thanks for the compliments- I am so glad you are going to try it in your homes. Kelly- pale green sounds like a lovely colour for a baby's room and birds are a lovely motif.

If you are struggling with the motif, I am sure you could find a clip-art on the internet of birds that you could print, cut-out and trace.

For more photos check out and go to the blog for episode 7. I believe there are better pictures there. Hopefully you'll post yours when you are done!

Happy creating,


Susanne February 29, 2008 at 2:04 PM  

Hi Lisa,
I think it's awesome that you have a blog that fans can write you through! I really like all your designs :)
My fiance and I just moved into a townhouse, and were hardpressed to find a wallpaper design in the colours we wanted, and then I saw the Cloffice episode! Genius! Thanks so much for posting the how-to for the wall graphic, I can't wait to get started!
Thanks so much for the inspiration!

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