My Patchwork-Wallpapered Closet Door

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I'm so psyched. This was easy. I've been talking about doing it for months, ever since I saw something similar in a British edition of Country Living (I think they reused the same images in an American issue later, but I'm not sure). Most of this wallpaper comes from my Original Fairy Godmother Pam Garrison, who sells packs of it on Etsy and will do again soon, she says (but you gotta be quick, darlings, because the stuff sells in about five seconds), and some of it is from sweet Tammy Gilley, and some of it is just mine. I cut all the rectangles with a rotary cutter while I was talking on the phone to my sister. It took about an hour; I just cut sizes totally randomly.


The door is our bedroom closet door. It's got a panel in it and is quite skinny. I had a big bottle of wallpaper paste and a cheap brush, and I just put the paste on the back of each piece (using an old cookie sheet to catch the drips) then slapped it on the door. I couldn't find the plastic scraper thing I bought to smooth it all out, so I used a pastry scraper. That was actually a little harsh — it ripped the paper, which becomes quite delicate when saturated by the paste. But it was okay. I just put the pieces up randomly, overlapping sometimes. Then I smoothed it all out. I tried not to get bubbles and stuff but I didn't try that hard, really; the pasting took about an hour, and then the very best part was that as soon as I was just totally ready to be done, I was done! Now, I ask you girls — how often does that happen? Not often enough. I'm always ready to be done when I'm actually only 5/8ths of the way done. This time I was 19/20ths done by the time I was ready to be done. It was great. I'm really happy with this. The wallpaper gets discolored with the paste, but don't worry — by the time I woke up this morning, everything was dry and it looked fine (though there are still some patches of discoloration, but I don't mind that; it just makes it look like it's been there longer than five minutes).


This is my very first time putting any kind of wallpaper on a real wall. I was so nervous that this would be a difficult, messy project, but it seriously was a cinch. Oh wait, I just remembered that I did the linen closet doors a long time ago, but that wallpaper was new. I forgot about that. Anyway, these pieces are all vintage. I want to do the outside of the linen closet doors now, in something more mid-century mod patchwork, to match the hallway (which is more contemporary than the bedroom). I really had fun with this.


Oh my Gosh!!! I'm in love!!! I'm happy to hear that Pam is going to be selling her wallpaper soo....I'm down to eeny beeny scraps!

What a fun project, and the result is beautiful!

Your door vignette is perfectly perfect!

How fun, Alicia! And I'm tickled pink to see some of the vintage wallpapers I sent you! cheers...

I am totally in love with this! Pam always has such wonderful stuff. I'm glad you finally braved the wallpaper!

This is so wonderful!

Hey i have those hideous huge mirror doors from the 80's


Love that wallpaper-patchwork's very cheery! Happy Days! :o)

I need to have this in my home too. Wonderful!!!

Really a good and great Idea. I take it, may I ?

You really do have a great style! The patchwork closet door looks terrific and I like the wool blanket thrown over the chair. And who created that painting? It's beautiful! You know, I always have fun peering into your home and I especially like seeing what you have hanging on your walls.

how can i purchase one of your little puppies? i love them and wondered if you could contact me at my email,

thank you!
j extremely cool!!!

you have inspired me~ I am gonna do is so neat! great job!!!!

Love your closet door...all of the doors in my old railroad house have the same inset center panels....I'm getting out the glue

I have been painting patchwork furniture and paintings for years now inspired by vintage wallpapers and fabrics that I love under the name patchworkposies-and this so reminds me of that! It looks so beautiful....

Phyllis Mullins says: February 17, 2008 at 01:03 PM

I just got onto your blog from reading March Country Living. I've been sick for a month with whatever is going 'round and reading/seeing your pix has cheered me.

I love that, so so pretty!

Well hello there! This is an old post but I thought it was so pretty how your door turned out - I've linked this to my doors post too today, for inspiration!

This came together beautifully!

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About Alicia Paulson


My name is Alicia Paulson
and I love to make things. I live with my husband and daughter in Portland, Oregon, and design sewing, embroidery, knitting, and crochet patterns. See more about me at