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DIY Removable Fabric Wall Treatment

by Megan Pflug

Okay, let’s get this out of the way: Wallpaper can be super-intimidating, whether you’re a renter who’s simply not allowed to adhere anything to your walls or someone who lived through the 80s and has bad memories of even-worse wallpapers. The materials and labor are not cheap, and what if you change your mind?

DIY Fabric Wallpaper Treatment by Megan Pflug of One Kings Lane on Design*Sponge
So when I heard you could make a removable wall treatment using fabric and liquid starch, I had to give it a try. I know it seems too good to be true, but the wall treatment you see here is in fact 100% removable! Ready to see how easy it is? Keep reading for my full step-by-step guide, or head over to the One Kings Lane Style Blog to check out the video and see the hanging process in action. —Megan Pflug

Here’s What You’ll Need:
• Medium-weight or lightweight natural-fiber fabric (enough to cover your wall)
• A small foam roller and a roller pan
Liquid starch (approximately one gallon per five yards)
• A large bucket or bowl
• Scissors
• A craft knife
• A rotary cutter

Measure and Cut

To get started, I measured my wall. The walls in my room happen to have a decorative molding on them, so I chose to cover only the area within the molding borders. Next, I cut my fabric to fit the space, leaving an extra couple of inches all the way around; you’ll trim it off later. No special prep is necessary for the wall except for the obvious stuff like making sure it’s clean and relatively smooth. Even though I covered only part of the wall here, you can totally cover a wall floor-to-ceiling using exactly the same steps.

Wet the Fabric

Place the cut piece of fabric in a bowl (or bucket), and pour the liquid starch over it until it’s saturated. Once it’s totally wet, wring out the excess starch back into the bowl and set aside (don’t discard!).

Place the Fabric

The wet fabric will stick really easily to the wall. I used a couple of pushpins to help hold the fabric in place at the top and used my hands to place the rest of the fabric and smooth it out.

I found that the fabric stayed wet for a pretty long time, but if it dries out while you’re placing it or if you need to readjust a spot that has dried with a bubble, dip your foam roller into the extra starch and use it to rewet the fabric and smooth it out as needed.


Once the fabric is in place, use a craft knife to trim away the excess. I found the craft knife worked really well for tight corners, but for the longer cuts I used a rotary cutter, which is great for making long, straight cuts. It’s really a matter of personal preference.

Drying time is usually around 1-2 hours. And there you have it! When you’re ready to remove the fabric all you have to do is get it a little damp and peel it right off.

Inspired to try some other weekend projects? Check out my project page here.


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  • Just did this today for first time. Love it but did you have an issue with bubbles?
    No matter how many times I have used roller again with starch to wet down some bubbles/ripples keep reappearing.

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