Hey everyone, I just wanted to let you all know what I am up to over here. It has rained everyday for the last week. I am not kidding. This is September/October weather for North Carolina and I am hankering for some sun (I really understood where Sherly Crow and Kid Rock were coming from…I ain’t seen the sunshine in three dang dayyyyssss).
Okay now that that’s out of my system…on the plus side we are getting a lot of free water for our veggie garden and I have been trapped inside so I have started to buckle down on some projects.
Today I started testing the wallpaper for the space that connects our bedroom/office/bathroom. We have this small space between all the main rooms of our house. It isn’t quite a hallway, but if it was bigger that is what it would be. Adding wallpaper to a really weird space is a great way to show some style without diving in too deep. I was trying to find a way to add some flair to the space when I stumbled upon this wall paper from Rocky Mountain Decals in Canada.
I am absolutely in love.
It has that not too old-not too new vintage vibe that I think goes well in our 1935 house. I also love the hints of bold colors. My budget for this space had to pivot when I found this bad boy.
Jordan and I love this scene from Friends and quote it allllll the time. Well this was me and the hallway budget when I found that wall paper. I also normally would just trust it would work (or I could find somewhere else to make it work), but I ordered a sample of this wallpaper because I was nervous that it might not still really well to our textured and plaster walls. Before I spend almost $250 to wallpaper a very tiny space, I need to make sure it’s gonna stay up–yaknowwaddimean?
- I ordered a sample and with the world being what the world is, it took little over a month to arrive–so plan ahead if you are looking to order soon. I was soooo amped when that little box came in the mail. The paper is more beautiful than I imagined.
Why you should add wallpaper to small spaces
Wallpaper in small spaces makes a lot of sense. It has so much impact for an area that you might just slap some photos or paint on the wall. Instead of it just being another space, it becomes a beautiful gem in the crown of your home. I think so many of us that lived through the 90’s were really burned by wallpaper (or by seeing our parents try to get rid of it…or being forced to help them get rid of it…)
My parents house had tiny little bear wallpaper in the kitchen and ribbons and bows in the dining room.
I am laughing out loud at how freaking awwwwwFUL that wallpaper was. Also, bless them, the people who installed it in the house had it professionally done and it was meant to last the test of time, let me tell you. I was like 13 and my dad had me using that little hole poking tool forever to start getting rid of it. Still scarred.
Today we have way more options and the peel and stick paper is truly a high quality. This stuff from Rocky Mountain Decals is super thick and beautiful. For sure not the little teddy bears of my nightmares.
Steps to Get the Wall Ready
Step 1: Prep the wall
- To make it easy on myself I used one of my Swiffer Dusters * (if you haven’t used these before RUN to get some). I have been using them for years and they make it so much easier to dust the house. I ran one of these over the wall) and baseboards…and then I saw some on the air vent…and maybe I got sucked into dusting a little.
- Next I mixed a small drop of Dawn (you can use any mild soap) in a bowl of warm water. Using the mix I wiped the wall with a rag. I then used another dry rag a few minutes later to wipe up any spots of moisture. I recommend waiting about an hour depending on the paint you have to allow excess moisture to dry.
Step 2: Apply the Goods
- For the test sample, I didn’t feel the need to be perfect since I was just testing out whether it was going to stick. I peeled back one corner and lined it up with the molding and then slowly peeled about two inches down to the other corner.
- An easy way to see if you have it straight is to lightly push down on the piece and see if it would lay flat. I needed to adjust about ¼ of an inch on the right corner to keep it even with the wall. I then slowly and evenly peeled the backing from the sticky side, slowly pushing down against the wall with my other hand.
So far I don’t see any issues with it sticking to our textured walls. I am going to order enough of the Madelyn peel and stick wallpaper to do this whole area! Woo! In my next post I will go over tips and tricks on how to measure your walls for wallpaper and other considerations. I will post an update when the treasure chest of wallpaper makes it my way!
Are you scared to try wallpaper? Tell me some of your wallpaper disaster stories in the comments below!
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Hope you see the sun wherever you are!
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