If you recently tackled a wallpapering project in your house, you likely have some leftover material lying around. While it may not be enough to outfit another room, there is no need to toss it. There are multiple ways you can use these scraps, and we bet there are a few ignored items in your home that could use sprucing up. Applying paper is a quick way to give any old item an instant update—whether it’s your staircase, foot stool, or dresser drawers, there is nothing that a little paper can’t fix.
Step up your staircase game.
Collect all the scrap papers from around the house to create a mixed and matched look like this one from Decor8. Paint the treads white for balance, and spread out the large and dainty prints to create a cohesive vibe.
Outfit your bunk bed.
Add a little extra pizazz to your kids’ boring bunk beds. A simple strip of something snazzy turns a basic wooden frame into one that has some colorful appeal. These fresh florals pick up on the colors of the pillows and bedding, creating a cozy vibe.
Freshen up your fridge.
There’s not much you can do to a basic black or white appliance—except wallpaper it, that is. Try this DIY from Aunt Peaches, and add a kick of color to your kitchen. You can select something subtle, like black and white dots, or you can go bold with a bright floral pattern. Either way, you are sure to have the freshest fridge on the block.
Turn it into a book.
Take wallpaper scraps or samples, and turn them into a set of neat notebooks. This DIY from Paper & Stitch uses lined paper to create a handmade journal. These booklets make great gifts for friends, too.
Update your IKEA stool.
The ever popular IKEA BEKVAM is a little bland. In some spaces, the plain birch wood works, but other spaces require a bit more color. Try this Mommo Design hack and apply some scrap wallpaper to the top of your trusty foot stool, and paint the legs a corresponding color. This DIY takes your $20 stool from basic to brilliant.
Frame it up.
This easy DIY project from Cup of Jo is perfect for amateur crafters. All that you need is a frame or two and a stunning sheet of paper to put inside. You can make a larger scale statement piece to hang over your fireplace or multiple smaller ones to create a cool gallery wall above your sofa. either way, it’s a seriously affordable way to create art.
Dress up your drawers.
Just because they go mostly unseen, doesn’t mean that you shouldn’t spruce up your dresser’s insides like this one on Spoon Flower. Line the bottoms with a punch of pretty colored papers to create a truly one-of-a-kind piece of furniture.
Spruce up your dining surface.
If you are looking to update your table but are tight on funds, try a simple surface update like this one from Pillar Box Blue. Simply slap some paper on the top to add a unique touch to your standard table.
Go for the gold.
Dressers can be pricey. If you are in the market for a good looking and well-priced option, consider creating your own. This IKEA dresser, once basic, is now blinging thanks to a gold floral wallpaper DIY by Good Housekeeping.