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A Quick, Easy, & Cheap DIY to Cover Ugly Wall Spots

Updated on August 26, 2012
a 15 minute, $15 fix
a 15 minute, $15 fix | Source

The Story of my Bathroom

My bathroom is UGLY. I am not going to lie. It was the one room in the house that I hated when we bought it a year ago and it was in the top 10 things we needed to do after we bought the house. Then life happens, dryer broke, crawl space sewer smell, job loss, etc. So this project is currently on hold. I redid the other bathroom in a quick fix a week or two ago and had started planning this bathroom but first I need some serious cash. Then my husband mentioned that the lovely cabinet above the toilet was about to fell off the wall, so down it came. This emptyness left a big ugly spot on my wall and since I am planning on redoing the room in the next year there is no way I was going to repaint, repair or do anything that cost a lot of money.

UGLY - thanks for taking down the cabinet dear, now what?
UGLY - thanks for taking down the cabinet dear, now what? | Source

My 15 minute, $15 fix

I headed out to the local fabric store to find something that would work for the colors in the space. Armed with my 60% off fabric coupon. I bought a large canvas and 3/4 yard fabric. I already had a can of spray adhesive laying around so that is all I needed.

I ironed the fabric to remove the folds and wrinkles. I cut the fabric so there was about 4 inches of excess on each side.

I than sprayed the canvas with he spray adhesive and laid the fabric on top, gently stretching it to the edges and smoothing it out to cover the top of the canvas and removed any wrinkles.

I then flipped it over and sprayed the edges and wrapped it like a present.

I let it dry for a bit and then hung it in the bathroom with come command picture hanging strips I had on hand.

materials needed, spray adhesive, stretched canvas, and fabric of choice
materials needed, spray adhesive, stretched canvas, and fabric of choice | Source
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Looks Great for now

The easy fix will keep my wall looking fresh and normal until I have the time and money to gut the room. This room we already know is going down to the studs and I can't wait to get started on it.

what to do with the leftover fabric?
what to do with the leftover fabric? | Source


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    • kthix10 profile image

      kthix10 5 years ago from IL

      I was lucky enough to catch the canvas on a 50% sale. I thought about making even cheaper by making the frame and just stretching the fabric but I didn't want to spend a lot of time on it

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      Natasha 5 years ago from Hawaii

      I wrote a hub on using stenciled fabric and insulation foam to make quick wall decorations. Your idea seems fairly similar, but the canvas is a lot easier to make square (because it comes square)! some of my foam panels don't exactly have straight edges. When I make new ones for personal use, I think I'll check for on sale canvas panels!