Hanging Prepasted Wallpaper: Tips + Resources

October 29th, 2014

I adore a fabulous wallpaper, the modern prints are a fantastic way to add texture, glamour, or drama with a colorful or metallic pattern. Compared to stenciling, wallpaper is limited by its colorways and more expensive, but the look is really beautiful especially with the new contemporary metallic or intricate patterns.

This bathroom makeover was my second time hanging prepasted wallpaper by myself  and the task is not as difficult as you might think! With the right supplies you can hang prepasted wallpaper without professional help. The process is drippy and wet (wear your sloppy clothes) and it takes some time, but once you get the hang of it (ha!) you’ll find it’s not as intimidating as you may think.

Wallpapers come in different versions: some are prepasted, some are unpasted, and some are peel off/removable. The prepasted versions work like this: once the paper is moistened with water, the adhesive is activated and you have time to hang the paper straight, reposition if necessary, and smooth out any bubbles.

tips for hanging prepasted wallpaper

 

1) Pick Your Paper.  Styles and costs vary, and choosing a paper is a personal choice, but when you find one that calls your name, go for it !

Here are a dozen favorite sources for modern papers:

graham and brown wallpaper

hygge and west

thibaut

Graham & Brown

Hygge + West

Thibaut

anthro wallpaper

ferm

design your wall

Anthropologie

Ferm Living

Design Your Wall

spoonflower prints

cole son wallpaper

dec best

Spoonflower

Cole & Son

Decorator’s Best

wallpaper collective

inside wallpaper

walnut papers

Wallpaper Collective

Inside Wallpaper

Walnut Wallpaper

2) Prep The Walls.  Flat wallpapers with just pattern (and not texture) lay best on smooth walls since texture will show underneath the paper. In our bathroom, we had the walls retextured so they were perfectly smooth, but in homes where orange peel, knockdown texture, or other rough wall surfaces exist, there are two ways to get them smooth enough to install wallpaper.

You can retexture the walls so that they are smooth with joint compound with a few light coats (sand in between) and then prime them in preparation. Or you can purchase and hang prepasted lining paper underneath to prep the walls, this product is affordable and has good reviews, but there are other similar options available. Also, the walls should be primed so that the wallpaper adheres well. Remove all light fixtures, electrical plates, art, shelving, or anything else that will interrupt the application of your paper.

Supplies You’ll Need: canvas tarp for floor; prepasted wallpaper; bathtub or long wallpaper tray for moistening paper; level; pencil; plastic smoothing tool like this; stepladder; large sponge; sharp scissors.

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Meaningful Makeovers with Team Depot

October 28th, 2014

*This post is sponsored by the Home Depot Foundation.

I’ve partnered with the Home Depot Foundation and their Celebration of Service campaign before (see this post) and I’ve been a fan of their philanthropic efforts for veterans ever since. In the two months between 9/11 and Veterans Day, Team Depot’s volunteers pool their talents to transform up to 1,000 homes for veterans. I like to call these kinds of efforts “meaningful makeovers” – the kind that matter to real people who are in need and in this case, the veterans who have served our country.

Giving back to veterans is important to The Home Depot since over 30,000 of their associates are veterans. This particular project took place in San Francisco at a home that is part of the independent living transitional housing program. It has served over 240 residents to date and is a place where clean and sober veterans can stay up to a year until they are positioned to find full-time employment.

team depot transitional housing

On a sunny fall day, the team took over the house and began a series of projects, outdoors they repainted the entry staircase railing and replaced the nonslip strips on the stair treads.

repainted steps new non slip treads

 

Out in the backyard, they upgraded all of the rear yard landscaping with weed blocker fabric, drip lines, low maintenance plants, and ground cover.

fresh landscaping

 

Inside, they assembled new dressers and beds for all of the veterans’ bedrooms.

furniture assembly

new beds

 

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