Frugal Friday: Semi Upholstered Walls
I love Frugal Friday…it’s the day we quietly slip off Louboutin and put on DSW
you know you have done it…:)
How to customize your Couture Chateau when you really want fabulous upholstered walls but need that frugal alternative
I blame my training in NYC for this obsession
Silk Taffeta in a Park Avenue Private Elevator & Entry?
What a way to learn. Divine.
Problem was, I spent the next few years trying to figure out how to DIY it…(sort of)
Here you go:
1) Drywall Panels. The Acoustical Kind. 4 x 8 sheets. Hardware Store or Lumber Yard. Pay for delivery if no big suv = cumbersome & semi-fragile. Have used 1/2″ & 3/4″.
2) Proper Framing/Fir Strips or Attachment for Hanging. We use 3/8″ plywood strips at upper edge & attach cleat hanging systems (metal or wood).
3) Wrap, Upholster (no batting), Install.
4) Trim out with fantastic gimp & nail heads.
We have 10 custom panels in our 600 sq foot Design Studio
Why I like this Custom Alternative (where appropriate):
A) Custom Wall Upholstery is expensive. Very. Especially done right.
B) This = slightly temporary. And easily customized. Can morph from frugal headboard (no batting, no plywood in size) to pin board upholstery in teenagers room to simple wall upholstery. It’s easy to make it “you”.
C) If you have a fabric you love but don’t have $$$$ to purchase the 120+ yards necessary this is a FRUGAL alternative
You know the drill…skill & time. Rush + poor execution = looks cheap!
This is not “cheap Friday”, it’s Frugal Friday….;)
When I “unearthed” this trick, I was a (broke) 20 something designer watching a temporary installation going up. I asked what the set designer was using.
You can learn a LOT from set designers ;).
They are always making custom spaces and places, “couture chateau’s” for peeps.
Have a fantastic weekend. And remember…
“Live a custom life. There is only one you.”™