My first project back isn’t really my first project here in Arizona, but it’s a good one. I must confess this is my first real attempt at wallpaper (many, many moons ago I did a backsplash in wallpaper that looked like travertine).
I know a while back I told you wallpaper is once again. But this isn’t your grandma’s wallpaper. It’s graphic, bold, and in no way frilly or fussy.
Here’s the result…
Yes, that is a queen size bed with a king size headboard.
Here’s the back story: I had been salivating over this headboard/bed in my design catalogs at work for months. It is by Stanley Furniture and is super expensive. The headboard alone would retail for around $2,000, the whole bed is close to $4,000. That is not in my budget, nor could I ever see it being in my budget. I am about saving money and being thrifty, but I loved it.
So I walk into the Deseret Industries (thrift store) in Murray, Utah about a year ago and there is my headboard. Say what?! Brand new and in perfect condition. No way! I check the price tag- $200. Are you kidding me? I see everyone stopping to look at it, “They want $200 for a headboard? They can’t be serious… that’s ridiculous!” Everyone thought the price was outrageous. I am thinking, “You have NO idea… now back away from my headboard.”
I immediately find a worker and ask if they could do any better on the price and talked them down to $150!!!!!! A brand new Stanley headboard for $150… that is over 90% off folks! It is so beautiful. Yes, it’s a little on the copper side, but I have tried to tone it down a bit with all the cool tones. Anyway, it was our plan to immediately buy a king size mattress upon our arrival here in Arizona, but my car did not survive the move (long story) and that money went to buying a car instead. Maybe tax refund? I’m crossing my fingers.
Anyway, back to wallpapering.
I started by watching this “How To” video, by Lowe’s:
It was a good place to start. However, I have vaulted ceilings and all the instruction videos I found had you starting from one corner to the other. This definitely wouldn’t work because mine is a geometric pattern and I couldn’t handle it being off center. So I started from the center.
Here’s a picture of our master before we moved in:
It reminds me of a college dorm… but no more.
So I did the best I could taking pictures of the process, but that’s really hard when it’s just you and a one year old.
I found center and used a level to mark where the wallpaper should hang level on either side. This is EXTREMELY important. I would also check level along the way.
I used my master bath tub to wet the wallpaper because it was close and convenient for me. They tell you in the video to fold the wallpaper in on itself (paste side touching) this is good, but I found I needed to lift up the edges to allow water to seap inside… otherwise, I got some wet paste and other parts that were dry.
Follow the instructions in the video working out the air bubbles with gentle pressure so as to not squeeze to much paste out the sides. A little paste is good because it helps the edges lay down nicely. Make sure you have a sponge or towel to wipe down the wallpaper and walls as you go. You don’t want dried on glue afterwards.
Trim as you go (except window sills… I’ll explain later) using a straight edge and a snap off straight edge blade. My first inclination was to use the utility knives I already have, but went ahead and bought the snap off blade kind and I was glad I did. Trimming the wallpaper dulls the blade very quickly. Below was my trickiest spot. I just made a few relief cuts and took my time in getting it right.
One thing that wasn’t mentioned in the video that I would like to note is to keep checking for air bubbles along the way. Some appear after the fact. Gently work those out while it’s still wet. You may have some small ones I wouldn’t worry too much about because they will shrink as they dry, but larger ones need to be taken care of.
We lucked out with a fan that matches my headboard. I would love to hang a beautiful chandelier, but a fan is a necessity here in Arizona and this one is nice.
The finished product. Another nice thing about this wallpaper (and most newer wallpapers in general) is they are supposed to be easily removed and pull off in whole strips. But I won’t be pulling this down anytime soon.
I continued it onto the angled wall so it finished out nicely.
What do you think it? What do you think of wallpaper in general?