I have been wanting to experiment with wallpaper somewhere in our house for the longest time, but I was unsure of where a good place for it would be. I have a few areas in the house that are smaller, perfect for the impact wallpaper can create without being a ton of money to change the feeling of a space.
Then I realized a cubby section in our nursery would be perfect for this. I got to work looking through wallpaper books, scouring the internet, and looking through my beloved HGTV magazine, hoping to find something that would fit the budget and idea I had in my head. I decided on a mid-century modern theme for the room, so I wanted navy and gold to be a big part of the color scheme. Everything was either way too expensive, or it required us to buy a ton of new wallpapering supplies, which I did not want to invest in.
TARGET TO THE RESCUE.
Enter peel-and-stick wallpaper! I found this print, which I immediately fell in love with! It had the size of print that I love and it was perfect for the room. Each roll is $29.99, which was much better than the hundreds that other kinds of wallpaper would have costed us! The gold splatters are the perfect touch and the best part was it didn’t require any extra equipment for us to purchase. I ordered 3 rolls to start.
I’m not going to pretend that using the peel-and-stick was the easiest thing, because it wasn’t. I recruited Joey and my parents for help, and my Dad ended up having a few supplies that made the process a bit easier. For this paper, you can’t take a sheet and slap it next to the next one (even though it says you can). The pattern has to line up or else your walls will look funky. This took quite a bit of time to figure out, lay out correctly, mark the sheets in the number order we needed to hang them, and then start.
Once we started it wasn’t bad! We used the wallpaper brush my Dad brought over to smooth out any bubbles, and the seam presser to get nice tight seals between each wallpaper sheet. One thing we learned very quickly is that this paper easily gets stretched out, which wasn’t great when we had to reposition some pieces. We noticed that the pattern stopped lining up if we messed with it too much. We double and triple checked our placement zone from that point forward!
About three sheets in, I realized we were going to be about 1.5 rolls short, so we had to wait for more wallpaper to come in before we could finish the cubby.
Once it was all up, I LOVED IT. it looks so good in this area of the room, and was exactly what I was looking for! There was some worry I had about it starting to peel off the wall after it’s hung (some reviews mentioned this), but it’s been in the room a few months now and it hasn’t peeled at all. I think as long as the wall is prepped correctly and you don’t touch the back much once it’s peeled away from the backing, it shouldn’t be an issue. I have a lot more to share with our experience with the wallpaper, and the finished product which I will write about soon!