I have always loved wallpaper, but I have major commitment issues. So, I’ve always found other ways to get the look without actually using wallpaper.
Like using starched fabric as wallpaper:
However, I bought what I thought was temporary wallpaper (peel, stick and easily removable) for my kids playroom. However, I bought the wrong stuff. It was actual wallpaper. The kind you have to add paste to. I LOVED this wallpaper (“Funky Frames” from Graham & Brown). So I decided to go for it…
In preparation, I watched a wallpaper tutorial on You Tube that you can see by clicking HERE. It looked so easy.
I started rounding up my wallpaper supplies:
- Wallpaper paste (if you don’t have pre-pasted wallpaper)
- Razor (I ended up not using it – the scissors worked best.)
- Level (I used this for the first strip to make sure it was hung level.)
- Paint brush (I ended up preferring the roller.)
- Tape measure
- Tag / Bucket with water
- Table (That you don’t mind getting paste all over.)
Measure the wall. (Before buying your wallpaper, there are all kinds of wallpaper calculators you can find online.)
When you’re actually ready to begin, measure the height of the wall. I measure twice and added about 2-3 inches. I didn’t want to take any risks.
Then, measure your wallpaper. Measure twice and cut once!
Once I had my first panel cut, I layer it out on a table. I used a plastic portable table because you will get past everywhere.
I also found that I preferred the foam roller over the brush when adding the paste.
My paste dried pretty quickly, so I had to work fast. I added the first panel to the center of my wall. I left about an inch and the top and had leftover at the bottom. I used a level along the side of the panel to make sure I was hanging the wallpaper straight. (Don’t trust your ceiling line.)
The first panel was pretty tough for me. I was almost ready to throw in the towel. However, I kept at it. The following panels were so much easier to hang.
Start at the top of your panel and move down. I used a wet rag to rub down my panel. You will have to work out a lot of air bubbles.
To cut the excess, I just rang my scissors along the ceiling line or trim line. Then, I pulled back the wallpaper a little and cut off the extra.
Please let me know if you have any wallpaper secrets or tips you’d like to share. I’d love to hear them!