Wallpaper is cool again… No, really!

For Valentine’s Day this year, we spent some quality time in the bedroom.  No, no… this isn’t that type of blog.  We spent the afternoon wallpapering.  😉

Wallpaper is coming back into style in a big way!  No joke.  There are some really awesome prints and patterns available – everything from forest scenes to metallics to the 3D brick pattern that we used.  We were a little apprehensive to dive into this project due to our preconceived notion that wallpapering was HARD!  But, we dove in anyway, and I’m happy to report that this project was easy-peasy.  Seriously, the most difficult part of this project was moving our bed frame (which must weigh around 800 pounds, and does not slide on carpet).  That was a workout!

We started by removing all the switch plates and outlet covers from the wall.  We also have 2 reading lamps that are hard-wired on this wall, so Susan had to disconnect and remove those.  Once everything removable was removed, we spent some time cleaning the wall.  Our bedroom seems to collect a lot of dust, and we needed to get all of that off the wall so the paper would stick.

With our clean, newly-naked wall, we got all of our supplies ready.  We bought wallpaper paste, a roller for applying the paste, and a flat-edged smoothing tool all from Lowes.  We ordered our wallpaper from AliExpress.

We started in the corner, and worked our way out.  We applied the wallpaper paste directly to the wall, but I’ve also read that you’re supposed to apply the paste to the back of the wallpaper.  I wasn’t sure how that would work, and it seemed logistically easier just to apply the paste directly to the wall, so that’s what we did.  And it worked out very well, so I’d recommend this approach for sure.  We left about an inch or 2 of excess both at the ceiling and at the baseboard, and then used a straight-edge tool and box cutter to cleanly cut the excess once it was dry.  If you try to cut this excess while the paste is still wet, the paper will start to tear and you’ll have trouble.  Best to wait until it dries.

The first sheet of wallpaper was a breeze.  The second sheet was still a breeze, but did pose one additional degree of difficulty.  Since our wallpaper has a pattern (as most do), it was important that we aligned the patterns correctly.  This is where having 2 people for this project is a must!  Susan would climb up on the ladder and align the top, and I would keep the bottom half straight, and make sure everything lined up down there.  This took a little trial and error, and a lot of “a little higher… no, no, a little lower… now a little higher.”  LOL.  I will say, however, that this worked well with our particular pattern, but I’m not sure how easy it would be with all patterns.  Since our pattern was a brick wall, I feel like we had more room for error since brick walls aren’t “perfect.”  But if you’re using a pattern that does have to be perfect, this alignment step might be a bit more difficult.

Once the wallpaper is all applied, all that was left to do was trim the excess from the ceiling and the baseboard, and then reinstall all the switch plates and lamps.  Oh, and to move the bed back into place.  Ugh.  Seriously the hardest part of this project!!

Here’s the before and after… doesn’t it look like a real stone wall???


(please try to pull your eyes away from those adorable Chocolates on the bed… the point of this blog is the wall, people!)

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