When you have a newborn, it can feel like the baby stage is going to last forever (or at least, that’s how I felt). But as everyone tells you, time really does go fast (or rather, it goes fast after your baby turns 6 months old).
So, before you know it, your little one will outgrow much in the cute nursery, kids’ room and playroom you carefully put together.
This is why I’m a fan of going for gear that can grow with your family and wall decorations that are easily removable and not too expensive. In fact, I’ve already written about a number of ideas for affordable kids’ room wall décor including DIY fabric wall art, DIY wall letters and repurposed calendar images.
Today’s hint is one more idea for the list of budget-friendly, and easily removable, wall art: removable wallpaper.
I didn’t know that relatively affordable removable wallpaper existed until I came across the brand Chasing Paper, which sells $30 two-feet by four-feet panels of wallpaper that you can easily put on, and peel off, your walls.
And it turns out that there’s a whole growing marketplace of similar products, many of which come in roll form and a number that can be found on Etsy. In other words, the days of wallpapering walls with messy glue rolls may soon be a thing of the past. Other moms are also fans of the removable approach, especially for accent walls, including Susie Fougerousse, mother of five and founder of the high-end children’s furniture store Rosenberry Rooms, and the ladies over at Cool Mom Picks.
Chasing Paper founder Elizabeth Rees compares how her company’s peel-n-stick paper works to “a super sticky post-it note” that she says won’t take wall paint off (assuming the paint is at least two weeks old). And unlike wall decals, she says, the sticker-like product is designed not to start curling off in cold weather (I love the tree wall decal I have in my daughter’s room, but it does curl off a bit every so often). Chasing Paper, Ms. Rees says, also doesn’t print on plastic, and its panels look and feel a lot like traditional wallpaper.
Ms. Rees says many of her customers who are decorating baby and kid rooms go for basic designs like black-and-white stripes, geometric designs or polka dots (see the image the right and check out one nursery with such paper over at blog sweetest digs).
Still, Chasing Paper plans to roll out a line of panels specially designed for kids’ rooms later this month (think popsicles and ice-cream cones, as seen in the image above). Chasing Paper also offers a chalkboard panel for those who want to install easy DIY wall chalkboards, which could work great a prop for very creative month-by-month first year photo shoots.
To be sure, you don’t have to use the paper as wallpaper. For example, Nicole Balch mentioned some ideas on Babble.com for using the paper to spice up rooms beyond the bedroom, and here’s some inspiration for turning the paper into framed playroom wall art. And while removable wallpaper may be easier to install than traditional paper, installing it can take time too.
Finally, since the paper should last several years and can be reused in different rooms, you can always move whatever designs you choose from room to room as your family grows and bring it from one house, or rental, to another. Chasing Paper is giving away a $120 gift certificate to one lucky Hint Mama reader – details below.
Photo credit: Chasing Paper