Figuratively speaking, I think it's okay to paper over a problem when it's temporary--to buy time to save up for a real solution--or when it's a superficial problem anyway, like a harmless spot on your skin that you can slap some concealer on and go about your day. Generally I'm not a "paper over" kind of person. I like to get at the root of things and invest in lasting upgrades. But the pandemic has opened my mind to more flexible, creative solutions when permanent solutions aren't available.
Like building a kitchen peninsula out of got-dang particleboard covered in removable wallpaper.
But it looks cool, doesn't it?
Literally, I've decided that it's great to paper over things when you cannot obtain quality building materials, bead board, or (I expect very soon) decent paint due to global pandemic-related supply chain disasters. Sometimes that hasty, panic-driven plan B results in a bold and exciting design feature like our birch tree wallpaper on the kitchen peninsula, which matches the inside of the nearby pantry (which has crazily irregular, lumpy, hard-plastered inner walls that we didn't want to rebuild completely just to make it suitable for a simple coat of paint).
Removable wallpaper has the added bonus of being, like the name suggests, easy to remove and replace if it becomes damaged, tiresome, or incompatible with a future decorating scheme.
I am pleased with how the cheap and easy application of bold,bright wallpaper on the kitchen peninsula visually lifts up the stoopid expensive (but deliciously cast iron skillet-proof) Dekton countertops (in Blanc Concrete) that we just had installed. Countertops--not something you can paper over. But kitchen islands and peninsulas? The lumpy backs of pantry shelves? Yes!
Have you created an easy, inexpensive, yet bold home decor transformation using wallpaper? Feel free to share in the comments!