How to Hang Wallpaper-A Refresh of My Master Bedroom
I’m so glad that you are here! You might remember a while back when I had asked for your help in choosing some wallpaper for my bedroom. See that post here. The vote was unanimous, every single person liked the same wallpaper. The good news is that it was the wallpaper that I liked best. See the “before” of my bedroom here.
Wallpapering is definitely not something that I enjoy doing. However, I love the look of it.
I have been wanting to wallpaper my bedroom for some time now. I love the look of the stone walls in homes in the French Countryside. Sadly, adding real stone to your walls is not only messy, but very expensive. So, wallpaper was the answer.
These are the supplies that I needed-ladder, drill and bits, straight edge, flat head screwdriver, measuring tape, latex gloves, blade, smaller staight edge, pencil, paint tray, roller and roller frame, a sponge, cutting mat and wallpaper paste.
I decided to do two walls of my bedroom, the outside wall and the fireplace wall. The first thing that I had to do was the measure the wall where I was putting my first piece of wallpaper. It’s super important to add a few inches to the measurement to make sure that you have enough for a clean cut at the top and botoom of the wall.
I cut the wallpaper on a plastic cutting mat and used a sharp blade to cut the paper. I used a metal straight edge to make sure that I had a really clean cut.
This wallpaper wasn’t prepasted, so I needed to roll on wallpaper paste. I let it sit for a few minutes until the paper softened and the paste became tacky. The hardest part, is to match the pattern. This wallpaper had an 18″ repeat. When I measured the wallpaper, I had to make sure that I was starting my measurement where it would match up with the previous piece of wallpaper.
After matching the pattern, it is really important to run a damp sponge over the wallpaper. This will help remove any air bubbles and remove any excess wallpaper paste.
After the wallpaper is positioned and free of bubbles and paste, use the straight edge at the ceiling and cut excess wallpaper off with a sharp blade.
The staright edge and blade is used to cut around outlets as well. Be very careful when cutting around outlets as water and electricity never mix. You will see in the video that I got shocked while trying to cut around the outlet.
I love the look of the stone wallpaper in my bedroom. It adds so much warmth and character. Everytime I walk in, it makes me feel like I am walking into an old countryside home in the south of France. If you would like this wallpaper, you can get it here.
Wallpapering is not for the faint of heart, but it looks great in the end. Like many things, wallpapering with a friend would be so much more fun.
Hugs and blessings to you,