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Previously on Designer MacGyver…we’ve covered wrapping paper and newspaper, but surprisingly, wallpaper hasn’t made the list. I say “surprisingly” because I am a wallpaper fanatic and my bio won’t let you forget it. I don’t actually own the apartment I live in now, so I’ve had to resort to more temporary solutions there. Rest assured that once I own, I’ll be armed (with as many rolls as I can afford) and dangerous (with these genius uses for wallpaper other than on walls, obvs).

DIY Wallpaper Ideas: 5 Crafts You'll Love

Sherry and John Petersik, excerpted from Young House Love (Artisan Books), copyright 2012

This idea from Sherry and John Petersik of Young House Love is perfect for putting wallpaper samples to work. A thrift-store dresser makes a statement when it’s covered in a big, bold pattern. Get the DIY details here.

DIY Wallpaper Ideas: 5 Crafts You'll Love
Play peek-a-boo with your wallpaper like designer Brian Patrick Flynn did here. Paper a plain bookcase with a trendy design and it will pop behind your tomes and tchotchkes. See the tutorial for all the steps and more styling tricks.

DIY Wallpaper Ideas: 5 Crafts You'll Love
So, I said walls didn’t count, but have you considered wallpapering your ceiling? This example from HGTVRemodels is so gorgeous and unexpected, it made a believer out of me. Jen Jafarzadeh L’Italien will walk you through the hanging process.

DIY Wallpaper Ideas: 5 Crafts You'll Love
If you’ve got extra wallpaper on hand, there’s no need to buy drawer liners! Adding a hint of pattern and swapping out the decorative knobs will make any dresser or desk feel new again. Get busy with Brian Patrick Flynn’s instructions.

DIY Wallpaper Ideas: 5 Crafts You'll Love

Stairs are another great design love of mine. Take your home’s stairs to the next level a la Brian Patrick Flynn by adding wallpaper and acrylic panels to the risers. It may not be a stairway to heaven, but it certainly is a heavenly stairway.

Which wallpaper idea makes you want to break out the paste? And do you have any other clever uses for wallpaper? Share them in the comments!

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Briana MowreyBriana is a writer and senior editor for HGTV.com. Her self-described design style is "mid-century modern magpie." She lives in a Brooklyn apartment with her husband, their spoiled dachshund, Chauncey,...

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