I had been planning a major renovation of my largest antique mall space for quite some time, and during the last month I finished it. The booth is housed within The Antiques Market of Williamston in Williamston, Michigan.
My booth had green lattice on the walls that have been the backdrop for 11 years. It looked OK, but several other dealers have the same thing, even using a very similar shade of green. I want to have my own style, to I concocted a harebrained scheme using some of my hoarded vintage wallpaper.
Because we can't wallpaper directly on the walls at the mall, I purchased 11 four foot by eight foot sheets of luann board at Home Depot, and applied my vintage wallpaper to them with ready-mixed wallpaper paste.
I wisely chose to work on this in my driveway during the most recent wave of heat and humidity. It's been an ordeal, let me tell you!
I used a rolling pin to help smooth out the wallpaper, which worked quite well. I wasn't going for perfection here. In fact, I wanted the seams to show and for the walls to look like layers of peeling paper like you might find in an old farmhouse.
After finishing papering the luann boards, I transferred them to the mall and had hired a very capable worker named Troy to install it. Installing the boards wasn't a one-woman job! The photo below shows the lattice vs. the wallpaper. Please don't tell me you like the lattice better....
I purposely applied the wallpaper in a patchwork pattern on one wall, with some torn areas, making a giant collage. I had to do this primarily because I ran out of the pink paper:
Once I had the backdrop installed, I layered on the goodies I have to sell. I always go for the maximum eye candy look:
I still have some arranging to do, but I'm pleased with my updated mall space.
It's going to be hard for anyone else to replicate my wall treatment......
My dad painted this old aluminum awning for me. I think it makes a nice focal point on the wall:
Wallpapering luann boards and attaching them to walls could be a way for apartment dwellers to get wallpaper in their apartments while being mindful of their lease. When it's time to move, the walls can go with them!
This was a labor of love, and I have to remind myself that I don't need to do this again for another 11 years. That's a relief!
So what do you think of my hairebrained scheme? I'm all ears.