We finally did it! Peel and stick wallpaper I mean! It may have sat in a box for 5 weeks gathering dust until I finally ran out of excuses for why I was putting it off. And I had a baby free weekend, so tackling something peel and stick wallpaper it was!
This is something I’ve been wanting to do for a while. However real wallpaper is not my forte and it can do permanent damage to a wall. I get tired of things quickly and need to be able to easily swap it out. The price was also a factor on why I waited. It’s not cheap. So I kept searching until I found one that fit my budget perfectly.
You can buy the wallpaper I chose here!
Anyways, to ease any fear you may have I thought I’d show you a quick step by step of just how I hung my peel and stick wallpaper!
- Peel & stick wallpaper
- Utility knife
- Flat knife or credit card
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Tip One: Make Sure It’s Level!
I don’t care where you start your wallpaper at, but whatever you do, make sure your very first piece is straight. I mean get out a level and draw a level vertical line and then make sure your wallpaper is level with this. I don’t care how straight your ceiling looks. It ain’t level sis. And we’re going to cut off the extra, so don’t worry, you won’t have a bare spot at the top.
I started my first piece along the window, because I know when my husband installed the trim, he made sure it was level.
Tip Two: Pull The Backing Off As You Work Your Way From Top to Bottom
Pull the backing off as you work your way down from the ceiling to the floor trim. Smooth out any bubbles along the way. This peel and stick wallpaper is workable and removable so if it bubbles or crinkles, just pull it up and lay again.
Tip Three: No Pre-Measuring!
The best thing about this is there was no premeasuring. I simply overlapped the ceiling a bit, removed the backing and smoothed it out to the floor, and used a utility knife to cut it even with the ceiling and floor trim.
Tip Four: Lay Wallpaper Then Trim Outlets
Don’t waste your time trying to figure out where outlets and light switches are going to be ahead of time. Remove your light switch covers first, then lay your wallpaper. Covering your outlets. Use a utility knife to closely cut around the outlet box. Replace the outlet cover.
Tip Five: Smooth Out Bubbles
See that little air bubble below in the top left. If you have that, just use a flat putty knife or a credit card to smooth the air out to the edges.
I literally made this up as I went. And it was seriously the easiest DIY to date! I didn’t read tutorials or any directions. I just went for it.
Peel & Stick Wallpaper: After
Get ready for photo overload because this may also be my cutest project to date! If there’s any inclination Ryan is spoiled, this is it.
The girl asked for twinkle lights too so that’s what she got. They look so adorable glowing against her dandelion peel and stick wallpaper.
We also moved her bed into the corner to try that for a while. Get a bed with casters. You’ll thank me later if you’re an obsessive furniture mover like I am.
Don’t worry, the swing is still here. I have two holes drilled so I can move it from side to side of the room as I change my mind!
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I know you’re probably thinking, but Hayden this isn’t your style. And it isn’t. I ask Ryan what she likes and wants and we roll with it. By mixing her color choices with my love for vintage furniture, we make a great team!
Okay, and let’s talk about the canopy. This showed up at my door one day from Walmart. Not sure what it was, I opened it. I didn’t remember ordering it but sure enough there was an email that I had ordered it sometime late at night. Like everything, we rocked it. And Ryan freaking loves it. She calls it her tent and spends hours in here reading books.
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So now I’m curious, have you ever tried peel and stick wallpaper? Did you like it? Let me know in the comments below!
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