Home Interior Decorating Idea – Faux Finishing Made Easy With Paper Illusions
Are you looking for a fresh new home decorating idea that’s not going to break your bank? Turn existing mis-matched items already found around your house into beautifully coordinated home decor.
All you need is some wallpaper primer and Paper Illusions…plus a few simple application tools. Before you roll your eyes at the idea of wallpapering, let me explain first about this product. It’s unlike anything you’ve ever seen before…meaning traditional wallpaper. And it’s not just for walls!
WHAT IS PAPER ILLUSIONS?
Paper Illusions or PaperIllusion(tm) is a faux finish wallpaper product by Village specifically made for the purpose of ripping or tearing into pieces and decorating various surfaces. Instead of measuring, cutting and matching strips, paper illusions is torn into pieces and applied in an overlapping manner creating a true textured, faux finish effect. It comes in over 30 colors/patterns.
This specially formulated breathable paper is pre-pasted with an adhesive that sticks to itself making application of the product very easy…you just tear it, dip it in water and apply it to your surface…no other glue is needed.
A wallpaper primer is used to coat the surface before application. This is crucial to insure that it adheres properly.
Paper Illusions, although most often used for decorating walls, can also be used in decorating any clean, flat dry surface. This includes but is not limited to paneling, wood, metal, glass, concrete, cardboard and plastic. If the surface is likely to be handled often or exposed to moisture it is recommended to follow the application with a few coats of a water-based polyurethane. This is used to seal the application. Otherwise you can just leave it as is.
When I say it’s not just for walls, I mean you can decorate your counter tops, floors, furniture & fixtures with it. You can create architectural details such as faux (fake) marble columns out of PVC pipes and some wood. And you can turn garage sale trash into classy-looking treasures. So when you think of paper illusions, don’t think wallpaper…think a multi-purpose pre-pasted decorative paper.
SIMPLE DECORATING IDEAS
Let’s just say your not ready to redo your walls or resurface your kitchen counters, but you want to tie some basic elements in each room together to give an appealing well-balanced decor throughout your home. Here are some simple decorating ideas:
- Kitchen/Dining Area: Gather up some cheap wooden bowls and old glass or metal canisters/jars and apply the Paper Illusions to create a chic coordinating set. Use bowls as a table centerpiece to hold fruit, pine cones, or nuts. You can even put one on the coffee table or fireplace mantle in the living room to tie into other rooms. Use the canisters/jars to hold dry goods, such as flour, sugar & salt. Place a few in the bathroom to hold cotton balls, swabs & personal items.
Bedroom: Do you have some furniture pieces that need a face lift? A nightstand, a headboard, a dresser or vanity. You can refinish that furniture with Paper Illusions. How about picture frames you can mount on your walls or set on the night stand? You can cover the photo mattes within currently matching frames or actually cover plain mismatched frames to create a matching set.
- Living Room: Do you have some furniture pieces here that need a face lift? A coffee table or some end tables, a bookcase or some shelving unit or a beat-up entertainment center. You can refinish this furniture as well or just portions of it, like a table top or individual shelves. How about some knick knacks like a glass vase, a wooden tray, or a plastic bin…all of these can be easily covered with this decorative paper. Lamp shades & light switches…why not?
- Home Office: Surely you have some cardboard boxes you can turn into beautiful storage bins. You can cover a plastic cup to hold your pens, the shade on your desk lamp and the drab looking wastepaper basket…creating a beautifully coordinated set. Do you have a rusty old file cabinet that’s a complete eyesore…convert that too!
- Bathroom: Surely you have a waste basket in here. And what about that plastic toilet bowl scrubber & stand sitting behind the toilet…and a tissue box. You can cover all of these (and seal them with a polyurethane to protect from moisture) to have a matching set.
I can go on and on, but you’ve got the idea. This decorative faux finish wallpaper is a beginning home decorator’s best friend. Try something simple and see for yourself how easy it is to create beautiful coordinating pieces from stuff you already own. Full 85 square foot rolls are available at most wallpaper stores.