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Call me crazy, but I’m back with another pet wardrobe makeover! If you’re just catching up, my husband, John, and I adopted two rescue kittens over the summer – a special-needs Siamese boy named Joe, and a rambunctious black female we named Marlo. They’ve been a handful, to say the least, but they’ve also been the joy of our lives over the past month or two. As two adults without children, our pets are our world, so obviously we would do anything for them, as you will see in today’s post.
Here’s the need. Parents of human children take time and money to decorate their kids’ rooms and bathrooms, so I think we’re living out those same instincts by turning a couple of our spare, underutilized bedroom closets into stylish litter boxes for our kitties! I feel the need to make this statement because I’ve received some unexpected criticism from people online about turning a “precious closet” into an overly stylized litter box room. I get it, it’s a bit silly! The thing is, we were really lucky to find a house with a huge unfinished basement that we could use to store all of our extras. Honestly, there’s no need for these two closets to serve as anything other than trash areas, so that’s what we chose to do!
You can see the first trash cabinet we created in our guest room here using paint and stylish organizing accessories, and today I wanted to talk about how I turned my home office closet into a closet second Litter haven for kittens. This time I decided to take things a step further with wallpaper. I was a huge fan of Luxury peel and stick wallpaper Since using it last year in the dining room of our old house. Their wallpaper products are easy to work with, and have a huge impact on the design of the rooms we place them in. I knew this trash closet would be no different.
Another great thing about Fancy Walls wallpaper is that you can contact their team Print their products in custom colors. I had already painted our trash cabinet in “Sea Salt” by Sherwin-Williams, so I wanted that Match the colors with your new “Retro Circles” wallpaper. To match it for a cohesive look from top to bottom (I didn’t plan to wallpaper over the existing shelf, so the new wallpaper would have to match the paint). Fancy Walls was able to do this for me and sent a sample so I could confirm. It looked great, so I ordered a full set of wallpaper to cover our closet.
I didn’t take any pictures of the installation because I was alone, filming it to post later Instagram, but the process was really straightforward, as always. I start by measuring the height of the space I’m working in, add a few inches to that measurement, then mark the first sheet of wallpaper and cut it to size. Next, I peel the entire backing paper layer off the cut wallpaper sheet, then press the wallpaper onto the wall, making sure it is level vertically. I use a Wallpaper smoothing tool To press it firmly into place and get all the air bubbles out, then use Ruler and razor blade To cut off any excess wallpaper at the top and bottom.
Next, I grab the next sheet of wallpaper, line it up with the pattern I’ve already stuck to the wall, and make a small, barely visible mark where the wallpaper sheet meets the top of the wall. There’s usually a little bit of the pattern that needs to be cut off the top to make it line up with the pattern of the first panel, so add a few extra inches to that little barely visible mark just to be safe when actually placing it on the wall, and cut off the resulting excess. Finally, I remeasure the height of the wall to make sure it matches the first panel (you never know in old houses that rarely have plumb walls), mark the panel, and cut it to size. I follow the same steps for mounting it to the wall, then repeat everything across the entire space from there.
Sure, the process can get a little tricky with things like shelf supports, niches, and other random wall touches, but take your time with it and do your best. My wallpaper finishes are never perfect, but the beauty of a bold, eye-catching pattern is that it attracts so much “big picture” attention when viewed inside a room, that you rarely notice any small mistakes or misaligned seams. Don’t let wallpaper ruin your life!
My parents always joke that it’s a miracle they’re still married after they wallpapered a toilet room together in the ’90s, and my sister has a half-finished wall of wallpaper in her home office that was left that way for months and months because she got so frustrated with it. My family members are quite the perfectionists (I didn’t inherit that gene), and I have to admit that I’m not sure DIY wallpaper really suits these types of people. Just try to be a little spontaneous with her! Don’t let yourself focus too hard on details. Just tape that paper as best you can, and I promise the results will be worth it. Keep scrolling to see how the newly wallpapered cat litter cabinet became.
resources: Wall paper (Customized color matching “sea salt”), Large baskets, Smaller baskets, Motion sensor trash can, Letter box, Hook rack, Wall shelf, Airtight containers, Canvas art, Paint color, Dust bowl set
There’s just something very special about it That gorgeous vintage inspired wallpaper, right?! It makes an underutilized closet feel more active, and the great thing is that this idea works for any item you decide to throw in your closet. You may want to turn it into a little reading nook for your child, or even a home office if a closet is the only space you can accommodate. Give your multi-purpose closet a sense of style and personality with wallpaper.
I also love the idea of using wallpaper to make a traditional dresser look polished and thoughtful. If you have old doors in your regular closet that you can’t replace, simply remove them, clean up your closet until it’s a neat and tidy set, then add wallpaper for a more outdoorsy feel. deliberate. The possibilities are endless…how can you make this wallpapered closet idea work? for you Needs? Let me know in the comments!
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