Hanging wallpaper is not the most fun DIY activity. In fact, it is probably on the bottom of the list of things I enjoy DIY’ing. Growing up, I remember watching my mom moan and groan while hanging wallpaper in many-a-house. So when I told my mom that I was wallpapering my bathroom as part of the renovation, I could tell she was very concerned for my emotional well-being. Let’s just say my mom knows my limitations…and she’s heard me when I needed to have my mouth washed out with soap :).
So although at times I looked a tad like this (minus the heels, fish lips, pointy bra, and skirt over the ladder—okay, nothing like this except for the wallpaper everywhere BUT on the wall), I got through it and my bathroom looks fantastic!
Here is the thing about my approach to DIY’ing (and yes, I realize I am really saying do it yourselfing which is going to drive all the English nazis cra-zay….but I digress), everything I do has at least one major “oops” moment. An “oops” moment is that place in your project where in spite of all your well thought out plans you run into a glitch and consider throwing a temper tantrum, or a screwdriver, or both, and a soap-worthy-word or two might escape your lips. Many people dread these moments and therefore dread DIY’ing. Don’t dread them. Expect that (for most of us) they WILL happen and just embrace them.
I’m going to take you through my process of wallpapering and show you how I overcame my “oops moments”. Below are the supplies I used to complete my project. I forgot to add a level to the picture so let’s just pretend it is there ;).
Since I was using two different kinds of wallpaper for this project and neither of them were going all the way up to the ceiling, I took my level and drew a pencil line around the perimeter of the room to mark where I wanted the wallpaper to begin. I then measured my wallpaper from line to floor and added about an inch for waste.
- dunked my wallpaper in a bucket
- unrolled it on my kitchen counter
- took a clean paint roller to spread the water around evenly
- folded the paper in half glue sides together
- walked over to my wall and then unfolded it
- lined up the top flush with the pencil marking
- took my damp sponge and smoothed the paper onto the wall
- used the plastic smoother to smooth out air bubbles
- trimmed off the excess on the bottom using my smoother and an exacto knife as a guide
Here is another major imperfection of my technique. I hate math. I hate measuring things exactly. I much prefer to just eyeball everything and have it be close enough. Granted the picture below looks like one hot mess. But I didn’t care because no one is ever going to know that my wallpaper isn’t perfectly even underneath the chair rail.
And here is my final major, major oops moment. I ran just the tiniest bit short of wallaper and had to patch together some leftover scraps to cover my final wall. Granted if nothing was going on this wall, this solution simply would not have worked and I would have needed another roll of wallpaper. However, I have shelves going on this wall and you will never know that the wallpaper is patched and ugly right here once it is all said and done.
Okay, I can feel your skepticism through the monitor. These pictures do NOT look like everything is okay and that my wallpapering project turned out nicely. However, just wait. Tomorrow I will show you the final results of this bathroom and you will see that you don’t have to DIY perfectly to end up with a gorgeous “after”. I can’t wait to show you!!!