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« on: January 10, 2015 11:46:37 PM »

I decided to add some interest to my boring hallway, but wasn't sure how. I don't think I'm finished, but I have trialled and succeeded with removable wallpaper from fabric.

The fabric is 100% cotton from Japan. It's a medium thickness, but I think any reasonably thin fabric would work well. Thicker fabric might be a problem. It would be easier if the fabric fitted in one piece (for example, if I cut along the length of the fabric) but I needed to go across the fabric so the fish were swimming across. I just used two pieces for the longer stretch of wall above the fridge and matched the fish when I cut it so the join wasn't obvious. This might be more of an issue with a geometric print.



Firstly I made paste from 1L of boiling water and just under 1/4 cup of cornflour (made into a slurry with water and then whisked in). I cooked it until it thickened and would come away from the bottom of the pan when I tilted the pan and drew the whisk or a brush through it. Wait for it to cool and put it in some kind of practical container. I put the pan in the sink with cold water around it and it was cool by the time I had cut the fabric.


I cut the fabric to size and ironed it.

I put a fair slather of paste on the wall with a 50mm brush before putting up the fabric. It can be repositioned, removed, trimmed and whatever else you need while the paste is drying. i went along the top sides of the fabric again after putting it up just to make sure they were really stuck and well pasted up.

The hallway
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« Reply #1 on: January 11, 2015 12:13:55 AM »

What a clever idea. I also love the fish fabric you chose.
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« Reply #2 on: January 11, 2015 02:23:18 AM »

That is so cute - also loving the fish fabric!
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« Reply #3 on: January 11, 2015 11:03:43 AM »

Oooooh why does fish fabric make me SO happy?  Shocked
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« Reply #4 on: January 11, 2015 02:26:42 PM »

I had a lovely green fabric with an organic pattern on it (which wouldn't have required panels as the pattern worked along its length) but I couldn't get past the fish. Since it's removable, I can just peel it off and replace it with something else when the mood strikes. The fabric can also be washed to remove the stiff paste and it's still fine to sew with. Win!
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« Reply #5 on: January 12, 2015 06:01:34 AM »

Super cool!  I think the great fish pattern works especially well with how the pattern flows from the kitchen to the end of the hall.

You can also use liquid starch to use as paste for the same, removable result.
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« Reply #6 on: January 14, 2015 08:03:53 PM »

I love this so much!! What a clever. I think it's just the right amount of interest for the walls - it's so fun and different. I'm going to have to think about little walls in our house where I can try!
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« Reply #7 on: January 14, 2015 10:51:12 PM »

I'd like to try this but am worried about attracting cockroaches or ants. Did you mix any kind of insect repellent into your paste?
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« Reply #8 on: January 20, 2015 10:49:54 PM »

Cool fishys.
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« Reply #9 on: January 23, 2015 06:53:26 PM »

I'd like to try this but am worried about attracting cockroaches or ants. Did you mix any kind of insect repellent into your paste?

No I didn't add any insect anything. It dries completely and is very solid. When you think about the small amount of flour actually present in that much paste I doubt it would be of interest to ants. We don't get cockroaches so I wouldn't know about them.

It's really the same paste used for kids crafts and none of the things we made as children ever got insects interested, even in humidity. I can't say it would be 100% fine for everyone - when I lived in a humid tropical environment even tea towels would get mouldy - but none of this paste has ever gone bad for me.
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