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DIY Free Standing Wall with Vintage Wallpaper

I have been wanting a free standing wall as a backdrop for my furniture. Tearing my house apart every time to stage and take picture a piece of furniture takes a toll on our home, plus it is a lot of work. I have also been selling at boutiques and markets so I wanted something to spice my space up a bit.  I had gone back and forth about doing a ship lap wall or a painted wall, I wanted it to have it’s own character to add that touch of vintage….I am happy to say I have finally found the perfect backdrop….vintage wallpaper!


Here is how my wall started out looking!  Nothing too fancy, actually it was quite dull.

beforewallDo you want to make your own?  Here is what you need:

  • (2) 2/3 inch thick 4’x8′ Birch plywood
  • 6 metal studs 9 feet long
  • 1 2’x4′
  • Screws and a drill
  • Primer
  • 4 Rolls of Wallpaper

First prime your wall.  I used Kilz Latex primer. (your primer will be white, I had this tinted for a previous project)

FullSizeRender-6Next add your metal 2’x4’s.  I am not a very fond of working with metal studs, but they are much lighter then wood 2’x4’s making these panels much lighter and easier to move around.  Place one metal stud on each of the outside edges and one down the center of both of the sheets of plywood.  To hold the studs in place screw them to the plywood.  You can see the screws coming through below.IMG_2655

To make it so the wall doesn’t fall over backwards we cut wood 2’x4’s at an angle and screwed them to the middle of each 2’x4′

FullSizeRender-10Now it is time to lay out your wallpaper.  I wanted my wall to look like it has several years of layered wallpaper peeling off.  So I made sure it was random.

#5-4Once you have your wallpaper laid out you can start applying it.  To apply your wallpaper use the instructions that came on your wallpaper.  Make sure you are overlapping the wallpaper so you can rip it off.

FullSizeRender-8Once you have the wallpaper on and all the air and bubbles out begin to rip the wallpaper in various places while it is still wet.  Continue to do this across the entire wall.  Once you have applied all the wallpaper let it dry over night.


And now you have a beautiful backdrop!


This wall turned out just how I had hoped….that doesn’t happen all the time…but it is the perfect backdrop for my pictures and will look great in my booth!


I am so excited to be adding this to Hometalk’s #DIYMySpring blog hop.

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  • Christina

    Love this! It really looks like a wall thats been around for years and love how you chose subtle colors that don’t compete with your furniture! Might borrow/steal this idea on a smaller scale to photo my art for my online store.
    Linking up from the DIY My Spring hop

  • Lindsay Eidahl

    Such a great idea! Love it!

  • This is fabulous! Visiting from the Spring Blog Hop!

  • Cindy diy beautify

    This is so beautiful! I too struggle with not having space for staging furniture, and this is a fantastic solution!

  • Meegan

    Gorgeous piece! I love your talents and your blog.
    Thanks for sharing.

  • Patti

    What a clever idea! Very shabby chic and looks great with your dresser!

  • Sadie Seasongoods

    Ok, this is seriously fantastic- I’ve been thinking of making different backdrops for my photos, too, but never ONCE thought of using vintage wallpaper- what a “DUH!” moment for me. 🙂 LOVE. IT. Happy #DIYMySpring!

  • julie nichols

    Beautiful idea! Love it! Visiting from the blog hop.

  • Holly

    HI Brooke – I’m totally crushing on this wallpaper! Visiting as a fellow contributor to #DIYMySpring. Hope your week is full of sunshine! Hugs, Holly

  • Maria Gonzalez

    Thank you for sharing this! It turned out beautiful!

  • Claire

    I want one of these walls ! Great for photo backdrops. Thanks for sharing

  • Michele

    What a fun project!! I would love to do this in my shop space….!! 😉

  • Angie @ Knick of Time

    I’ve been meaning to build a free standing wall too – I love how yours turned out! I don’t have a great space in my house to photograph larger things,and I get so tired of rearranging everything to do it. Yours has inspired me to get it done!

  • What a lovely project. It turned out so vintagey and just perfect for the purpose you intended. And of course it is just right for the blog hop. Happy Spring from a fellow blog hopper.

  • Brooke, this is gorgeous! I really need some kind of portable backdrop like this for my projects.

  • Rebecca Holt

    Hello! I love this and have a quick question- how did you “screw the 2×4’s” into the back brackets? I am looking to make something like this and love how easy this version is! Thanks!

  • Ginger

    Do you think your wall will hold up if used for paper flower backdrop? Adding material and paper flowers? Is this pretty sturdy? Very nice idea.

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