Monday, March 1, 2010

Grosgrain All Around

Hi everyone. Welcome to the mansion. I wanted to share a quick and easy decorating idea with you all today. As it is a frugal decor idea, I am linking up to a new blog that I found...Finding Fabulous. There you will find tons of frugal ideas for Frugalicious Friday.

Grosgrain ribbon all around your room!

Our walls are really tall in this house. I keep trying to think of ways to break them up in the different rooms. On one of our trips to see the in laws, I noticed that my mother in law's "decorator" had attached grosgrain ribbon to the tops and bottoms of the walls in her kitchen. It looked great. The professional had secured the ribbon with wallpaper glue and the professional had charged a great deal of money to do the job. I am "anti-glue" and "anti great deal of money!" So, I promptly bought some grosgrain ribbon at Hobby Lobby (50% off) and got myself a jug of liquid starch. I LOVE liquid starch.

This is what I did with it...
It is difficult to take photos of a large portion of the walls at one time...sorry. But, I starched the strips of ribbon to the tops and bottoms of the walls. I left two inches of painted wall above the ribbon which is also two inches wide.

Here are some on the bottoms of the walls...

And one more top...

The key to success with this project is to buy your ribbon in one long piece. ( so you can cut the exact length of each wall) After you cut your wall length of ribbon, dunk the entire piece into the liquid starch. Then, stick it to the wall. Smooth the ribbon out with a sponge. Wipe off the excess starch. After the starch is dry you can clean up the wall with a damp sponge.

When you get tired of the ribbon border, just pull it off. Wipe the walls with a damp sponge, and it is like it was never there. NOTE: don't do this on flat doesn't clean up like satin or semi does.

And that is that. I have also seen this done in a little girl's room with wide pink grosgrain ribbon around the center of the room. Cute!!!

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Yall have a great day.



  1. Interesting idea. You get the look of a painted line without painting. Very creative.

  2. Love, Love, Love this idea! And your walls look fabulous.

    Thanks for the inspiration and thanks for stopping by my blog.

  3. What a creative idea. I just love it, and I like that if you get tired of it you can just take it down, and you're really not out that much! Thanks for sharing!

    Blessings, Grace

  4. I love that you didn't use glue! I have never heard of liquid starch and I wouldn't have thought to ue it like that. It looks very pretty!

  5. I am so surprised and happy to see you are back - when did you come back to blogging? I missed you.

  6. i love the effect--and your room is BEAUTIFUL. serene and classy. wow!

  7. Looks great. Thanks for sharing. Cheers, Lia

  8. Love that idea, your place is charming and so chic, love the drapery and the black with the white plates, love that and the ribbon, wow you are a creative one with wonderful taste, love it all...phyllis

  9. What a great idea! I love it! The whole room is gorgeous!! Love the faux fireplace!

  10. That is a fantastic idea!! It really looks wonderful! Your curtains are SO pretty! :)

  11. That is an awesome idea!!! Thanks for sharing!

  12. I blog hopped here....I'm also a military wife...and as you know, we are always moving, and obviously don't own a house at every base we live at. This is a great idea! I love it! Thanks for sharing! I'm one of your "recruits" now:)

  13. This is one of the most cleaver ideas I have seen. Love your blog.
    Thanks for sharing.


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