Wait…what…Wallpaper??? Yep…I know what you are thinking. But wallpaper is making a comeback! Now, we don’t need to go overboard with it and hang it in every room, bathroom, border everything 1980’s style. But, a little bit, used sparingly and as a nice accent or focal point is a good thing.
I was strolling the aisles of Target one day (ok, I happen to be there frequently) and much to my disbelief and excitement, I saw the cutest, very trendy, peel and stick wallpaper. PEEL AND STICK PEOPLE!!!!! No yucky glue, no horrible flashbacks from my childhood of getting wallpaper wet in the bathtub and hurrying back into the bedroom with water dripping down your arms and legs while attempting to not glue the wallpaper to itself….need I go on? Yep…you remember.
Anyway, I saw this fabulousness in a clear tube…dark blue with gold striations hinting to a textural linen/grasscloth like wallpaper. I knew I had to have it, but didn’t know where exactly to put it. I bought a roll, at $29.99, I thought it was a decent price. After bringing it home, I was thinking I could put it in my dining room on the ceiling. We have a trey ceiling, a pop of color would be fabulous in the inset. Plus the draperies are a similar color, it would look gorgeous. But, then I realized my ceilings are textured and the wallpaper wouldn’t stick too well.
I continued hunting for a spot for this wallpaper…the staircase was staring at me.
This wall faces the front door in the entry…a pop of color and texture would be fantastic there! Much better than this blah Builder’s Brown. Yes, embarrassingly, after living in this house for one year, I still need to paint most rooms. Let’s begin!
Start by finding a large enough area to roll out the wallpaper. Measure the wall, measure the paper, mark it and cut to size.
Peel back about 6″ of backing from the top of the paper and gently stick the corners to the wall. Now position the paper and check for straightness all the way down the wall, from top to bottom. Check your seams, it helps to overlap the paper about 1/4″. It really helps to have another person to help you with this process. You will need to have one person hold the paper at the top of the wall, another to straighten it at the bottom.
Let’s just say my daughter will now have her own memories of hanging wallpaper with her mom. Grab the corner, the other corner! Pull it tight, pull it straight! Pull it right, no your other right! Hopefully she won’t need too much therapy!
After you get the paper lined up and straight, begin pressing it to the wall while gently pulling the backing off towards the ground. Let gravity help you here. Don’t force it. Smooth out the air bubbles with your hands. If you get an air bubble or wrinkle that you can’t get rid of, prick it with a pin or the tip of your utility knife. Then re-smooth. The bubble should go away. If you end up going crooked with a piece, you can gently pull it off the wall, re-position, and re-stick. Brilliant! Just be careful to not pull it too hard or you could stretch the paper.
When you are done sticking a section of paper on the wall, you will need to trim off the excess. Make sure the paper is pressed into the edges really well. Grab a utility knife and run it along the edge of the trim work.
Now this is where I give you some helpful tips to avoid:
1: See those rings I have on my hand in the above pic? Ya…take off your rings!!! The metal on my rings began scraping off the pretty metallic finish on the wallpaper. At least I realized it early on and removed them before I went any further.
2: When trimming the paper, be careful to not get crazy with the knife. I accidentally went crazy (who me??) and got off track on one piece…this caused me to cut my wood trim work. If you have white trim it may not be too noticeable. But the bottom trim on my stairs is espresso. Noticeable! Again, thankfully I did this early on and was aware to go a bit slower when trimming off excess paper. Calm the craziness!
Repeat this process over and over again until the surface you want to wallpaper is covered! I did have to go back to Target and buy a few more rolls. This stairwell used about 3 1/2 rolls. I papered the back side, going down to the basement, too. So, my inexpensive $30 project turned into a $120 project. Hey, it looks good! And my husband hasn’t asked…yet.
I covered the light switch so it wouldn’t stand out so much. No need for a bright white plastic switch plate staring at you!
When it was all said and papered…er…done…
What do you think? I have to say, I love the texture it adds to the space and the overall color! Here is another pic with me standing at the front door…
I love how it pulls in the blue from the chair in the family room behind it. Also, you cant tell from this pic, but my carpets in the entry have the same tone of blue in them.
And for fun…a before and after side by side pic…
Now to get rid of the the brown on the rest of the walls! Ugh.
So…what are you thoughts on wallpaper? Yes? Possibly? Not in another 1980 years?
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