Have you ever hung fabric on a wall with liquid starch? I read about this years ago when I was a newly wed living in an apartment desperately wanting to paint but couldn't. You can apply any fabric to the walls with liquid starch and it will peel right off when you're ready to take it down! And you thought starch was only for ironing white oxfords!
Let's revisit my powder room:
|See the wrinkles? Ugh!|
|Like that mirror? I think I'll be doing a tutorial on that soon.|
For the most part, I was happy with my walls. But those wrinkles have been driving me batty. I've racked my brain for a way to get rid of them. I tried:
- steaming - NOT a good idea...makes it stretch and loosen up
- spraying with water...which worked but caused discoloration
- LIQUID STARCH?! Let's give it a go.
There is just one little drawback to using starch...your fabric could shrink SIGNIFICANTLY! The beautiful French script fabric I used was a linen/cotton blend and I cut it to size then put it in the drawers. When I came back later after the starch had dried, it'd shrunk by literally half an inch each direction! Lesson learned.
|Yikes! Serious Shrinkage! This won't do.|
|Re-cut with extra half inch each way!|
|Liquid starch just poured in and spread liberally if working on a flat horizontal surface.|
But this could be a good thing. My fabric is slighly loose on the walls, so some shrinkage could be a blessing. Am I scared to try it?! OF COURSE! If I screw it up, the hubby is going to freak because once again I'll be in there redoing that powder room. (This is why I did such a small room.)
We interrupt this post to allow the hostess to go and try this little experiment. She will be back shortly with the results..........(*cue elevator music).....
I'm back! And guess what....IT WORKED (I think)! What I mean is, I used spray starch first because I was
Funny story: Hubby walked in and had a near heart attack as he started yelling for me to come in there! He thought a pipe had broken in the wall! I felt bad but... it was all I could do not to bust out laughing! He looked at me and said, "PLEASE give me a heads up when you're going to do something like that!" Here's what he saw:)
|It does look like a pipe burst, doesn't it?! (LOL!)|
Ready to see the results? I'm so excited I can barely contain myself! I was so afraid I'd mess it all up, but that rarely stops me from trying something (unless A LOT of money is involved). There was shrinkage, so do a test strip first or leave yourself an extra inch each direction to play it safe. To make a test strip, lay it on a board, draw an outline all the way around, then soak in starch and let dry. Then remeasure to see how much extra fabric to add to your measurements. When hanging it on a vertical surface, soak it in a bowl, wring it out, and then hang.
All right, check it out:
Provided it's dry tomorrow, I'll take another pic and add it to the post probably before most of you read this. In the meantime, I did take a pic of one of the areas that's been driving me mad that is dry. Notice...the wrinkles are gone! This was done with just the spray starch. The upper part is where I had to pull outthe big guns.
"By George, I think I've got it!"