Friday, August 30, 2013

Wallpaper Tutorial


I totally swore off all wallpaper about 10 years ago when I finally removed every shred of it in my home.  Well, as trends will have it, I am back in love with all the papers out there these days, and a little wiser about how to install it.

We won some wallpaper a few months back from Wallpaper Update from Jessie's blog: Mix and Chic and we are so happy to be seeing the paper up on the walls in my powder room!  Thank you again Jessie and Wallpaper Update!

They sent us additional rolls if we promised to blog about it!  We chose Alligator print LL29560:


I wanted to make sure I prepped the walls really well this time, so removal won't be such a headache.

These were my steps:

  • Remove everything hanging on the walls and patch and repair all holes
  • Remove light plates, registers and fan covers, and light fixtures.
  • Prime the wall with leftover paint.  I did this since my faux textured walls were dark and this paper was light, and I had so many joint compound patches from repairs I had to prime.
  • Apply Wall Size.  This aids in the adhesion of the paper and  should help in the removal.
  • Get your supplies together: water tray, straightedge, level, pencil, smoothing brush, BRAND NEW single egde razors..lots of them (imperative!)

Prepare your area where you will wet the paper (I cleaned the garage floor and used it since it was close to this powder room.)

Here is a before picture of prepping the wall over my 90's faux finish! Thank God!



Here is the wall sizing I used. I rolled it on with a paint roller. This goes very fast!  You have to wait a few hours to begin papering.


Priming with leftover flat paint, then applying wall sizing. 


My helper tracked the sanding dust all over the kitchen and was watching me the whole time.


I drew a PLUM line with a level and straightedge so I had straight aligned sheets of wallpaper!


I measured my wall height and cut all my pieces of wallpaper allowing about 6 inches extra to manipulate it once it's on the walls.  Luckily this paper had a standard repeat and I didn't have to waist alot.
The paper is pre-pasted.  I often apply extra paste, but since I prepped my walls well it went straight into the soaking pan of water  for a few minutes then I bookended my paper and let it sit about 5 mins so that paste gets malleable.  "Bookending" is where you take one long length of paper, wet it and fold the ends over to meet in the middle and let it sit like that til ready.


Smooth with your hand, then a sponge, forcing the air bubbles and paste towards the outer edges.


 I trimmed the edges as I went, with a new single edge razor every few cuts and a straight edge.





I am so happy with how clean and bright it looks, especially from my gray laundry room!



I am waiting for fixtures I ordered, so the reveal will be coming soon!  

Have a great holiday weekend, friends!




20 comments:

  1. Alligator looks Fabulous!! I love the texture it gives ... much more fresh than the Faux texture of the 90's!! Happy Weekend! xo

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  2. You did an amazing job, I can't wallpaper. I have tried, and it is just not fun for me. Have a great weekend.

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  3. THis is going to look so good! It's just enough oomph without being too overwhelming!

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  4. so light! love it and great job. prepping is the hardest part and you did it perfectly!

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  5. Lovely choice of paper Nancy, you did such a great job. This is one job I have yet to try, hope my efforts get as good a result as you did.

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  6. I LOVE to wallpaper. MY grandfather taught me when I was a wee lad so it's very nostalgic. But I think it's like wrapping the inside of a present you're giving yourself.

    This alligator print is quite handsome. I really like it.

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  7. So pretty, Nancy. I love the way this project is coming together. I have always wanted to use a dark brown or black alligator paper in a room.

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  8. Thanks for the shout out, Nancy! Love the wallpaper and the its "texture". Looking forward to see the big reveal.

    Have a wonderful Labor Day weekend!

    Jessie

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  9. Seriously impressed - both w/your choice and being able to wallpaper so well! Have a great weekend. Michele

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  10. It looks GREAT! Want to come to my house to hang some for me:)

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  11. I can't believe you installed that yourself. It is usually a beast to line those things up properly so I always use a professional installer! Way to go lady. can't wait for the reveal

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  12. You have the dedication to detail that I wish I had. It looks wonderful!! Cheers to you!

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  13. You did a fantastic job Nancy. That was a bold selection but I am happy it worked out well :-)

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  14. I love this wallpaper!! So chic and sexy! Thanks for the tutorial!

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  15. Love the paper and so impressed you did it yourself!!!

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  16. I love the paper...it looks so good!

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  17. Great job Nancy. You made that look easy and I know it is NOT. Congrats!

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  18. love the paper.
    i am so thrilled that paper is BACK!!!!

    xox

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  19. love the paper.
    i am so thrilled that paper is BACK!!!!

    xox

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  20. Gorgeous wall paper Nancy and great job! My wallpapering the powder room wasn't perfect as yours, but luckily, my mistakes were hardly noteceable! Can't wait for the reveal!

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