4 Easy Ways To Upgrade Your Wall Decor

Refresh your space in an afternoon with a project from the moms behind the design blog Classy Clutter

1. Add Some Fine Outlines

Use a cookie cutter and paint pens to get a wallpaper look with an organic feel.

Upgrade Wall Decor Fly Outlines Jason Donnelly

What To Do: Make a grid: Find the center point of your top row, then (using a level) lightly mark the top center of each shape. Align your cookie cutter with each mark, then trace it with alternating colors of paint pen (start the ink on scrap cardboard to avoid blobs).

Get The Look! Fly 101 cookie cutter, $5 for 4-inch; Kato Baking Supplies. Sharpie Pink and Metallic Gold Paint Markers, $4.50 each; Michaels. Wall paint: Stormy Sky, from $38 per gallon, Benjamin Moore. Victor Leather Mirror, $179; CB2. Industrial Storage Console, $499; West Elm. Gia Boxes, $80 for two; Z Gallerie

Tip: We spaced our flies about two feet apart and staggered each row brick-style.

2. Stamp On Confetti

Make a cozy nook feel festive with layers of playful stamped-on color. We used a makeup applicator to get these jumbo dots!

Upgrade Wall Decor Stamp On Confetti Jason Donnelly

What To Do: Start with five sample-size paints; pour each onto a paper plate. Using one large foam makeup applicator puff for each color, dip the puff into the paint, dab it onto scrap cardboard to remove excess, then stamp onto the wall. Start in one corner and radiate outward, varying colors and spacing.

Get The Look! Wall paint: Swan White 98YY 82/022, from $25 per gallon; Glidden. Dot paint: Pink Ladies 1347, Old Glory 811, Grandma’s Sweater 787, Pink Polka Dot 004; from $7 per pint; all Benjamin Moore. Martha Stewart Crafts Multi-Surface Metallic Acrylic Craft Paint in Copper #BC7D40, $3; Michaels. WalterDrake Powder Puffs, $9 for three; Amazon. Clementina armchair in Magnetic Pink, $300; All Modern. Nate Berkus Sandcast Metal Accent Table, $90, and Tripod floor lamp, $240 for similar; both Target. Evelyn Shag Rug, $1,259; Birch Lane. Cabana throw pillow, $200; Judy Ross Textiles.

3. Get The Big Picture

Hit up the engineering printer at your copy center to create huge-scale black-and-white photos—for under $8 each! We used unfinished wood trim for quick, low-cost frames. 

Upgrade Wall Decor Get The Big Picture Dog Jason Donnelly

What To Do: Bring a flash drive with your high-resolution photo to the copy shop and ask for engineering prints in your desired size. At the hardware store, have two pieces of lattice trim cut to the print’s width. Attach the print to the back of the trim with glue dots, then hang with binder clips.

Get The Look! Wall paint: Sutton Place Gray 30YY 54/030, from $25 per gallon; Glidden. Engineering prints, from $1.80 each; Staples. Reza Sofa in Laguna, $1,200; World Market. Madagascar carpet tiles, $30 each, Flor. Tripod table, $60; HomeGoods. Soft Modern Coffee Table, $120; Sauder. Large Copper Binder Clips, $5 for six; U Brands. Level pillow, $200; Judy Ross Textiles.

Tip: For the largest prints, make sure you use a high-res photo from a real camera instead of your phone—otherwise it might end up blurry.

4. Work In Wood

Stick on lightweight wooden craft shapes for an art installation with industrial appeal. Leave them unpainted on a darker wall, like we did here, or paint them in your favorite color to pop off a contrasting shade.

Upgrade Wall Decor Work In Wood Triangles Jason Donnelly

What To Do: Using a level and a yardstick, draw a light pencil line for the bottom edge of your art (ours was 50 inches long) and each row above it (each row should be spaced to the height of your shape). Stick a piece of mounting tape (we used Scotch Indoor Mounting Tape) to the back of your first wooden shape. Begin building your design from the middle of the bottom row and continue expanding up and out.

Get The Look! Wall paint: Picante 006, $48 per gallon; Benjamin Moore. Triangles, $80 for set of 20; Letter Craft. Bufford sideboard, $699; Home Decorators. Drybrush Rug, $574; Dash And Albert. Emilia Vase, $90; Z Gallerie.

Tip: Before attaching anything to the wall, play with your design on the floor until you’re happy with it.

Mallory and Savannah Classy Clutter Portrait Jason Donnelly
MEET MALLORY & SAVANNAH

Best friends since high school, these Arizona moms (each has four kids!) started Classy Clutter in 2010 to share DIY projects in their starter homes. With more pluck than budget, they’ve used loads of paint, flea-market finds, power tools, and lots of pink to redo dozens of spaces. Find them at classyclutter.net.