DIY REMOVABLE WALLPAPER TIPS & TRICKS
We’ve embarked on a new adventure, designing and decorating a new room for my daughter. You may remember me sharing the design plan for the room in THIS POST. It has been so much fun, she has been doing a fabulous job picking items that she is really excited about, she definitely has a vision for what she wants her room to look and feel like. I’ve just had to guide her a little, and I love her choices fun choices, but the best part is seeing how excited she is getting now that it’s starting to all come together.
When designing a room there’s always an inspiration piece that get’s the ball rolling. Whether it’s a piece of furniture, a rug, art, something seems to spark the creativity and sets the tone for the room. For my daughter’s room it was some removable wallpaper that caught her eye, for her it was love at first sight. It has a simple, classic, indigo and white pattern from the new OPALHOUSE line at Target.
We painted her whole room Pure White by Sherwin Williams, and then installed the removable wallpaper to one feature wall. The result is beautiful and it really was a relatively easy project, it took approx. 3 hours to complete one wall. I made some modifications to the instructions that come with the wallpaper, and will share some tips and tricks on how to install the wallpaper.
Another perk of this project is that we owned all the tools needed. Removable wall paper is a giant sticker, you measure, cut, and peel off the back to install. The official instructions mentioned smoothing the wallpaper with a squeegee but I just used my hand to smooth as I went along.
PENCIL | MEASURING TAPE | SCISSORS | UTILITY KNIFE | LEVEL
STEP ONE – Start at one end of the wall and measure the size height of the wall. Add 2-3″ in length, you will trim the excess off the bottom once the wall is completely installed.
The instructions recommend cutting all the pieces you need before you begin installation, I found it easier to measure and cut as I went.
I measured the length I needed and then used scissors to trim it, I used the pattern as a guide to make sure I was cutting a straight line.
STEP 2 – Start at the top of the wall and peel off the first 2′-3′ of backing, exposing the sticky surface and start pressing the wallpaper into the wall, smoothing as you go. As soon as I got the first few feet stuck to the wall, I checked it with a level to make sure I was installing it as straight as possible.
Gravity is your friend in this process, so as long as you start out straight, you shouldn’t have a problem. As you peel off the backing the weight of the paper keeps it naturally straight and you just smooth as you go.
STEP 3 – When hanging additional wallpaper panels, repeat steps one and two, the best way to line everything up is to match the pattern pieces.
The image below shows how I used the pattern edge as a guide, the actual patterns were not gaped but I wanted you to see a visual of how matching the pattern will ensure a seamless appearance.
STEP 4 – We wallpapered a wall that had a window in the middle of it. To navigate that I hung a full piece straight down, and pressed and smoothed it into the full portions of wall above and below the window. Once it was hung I trimmed the portion covering the window.
When I trimmed around the window I left enough to wrap the window sill in wallpaper. Window sills are so hard to keep clean and I thought this wallpaper would be easier to wipe down, then the painted window sill.
STEP 5- Once you’re down installing all of the wall paper panels, trim all of the excess paper, at the baseboard and around the windows with a utility knife.
That’s all there is to it, just take it slow and go panel by panel. As the saying goes, measure twice, cut once.
Here’s a sneak peak of the room and how it is all coming together. I really do love the beauty and character the wallpaper adds.
SHOP THE ROOM
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We still have a few more finishing details and then I’ll share a full tour of her new room!