When I shared my Office Updates: The Before & My Plans last month, I mentioned that I was going to try my hand at wallpaper. I had never done wallpaper before, but my friend did some peel-and-stick from Target and it looked fantastic so I figured I’d give it a try!
I started with checking out the options at Target and Amazon and settled on a few favorites:
But then once I added up the prices for how many rolls I’d need, I let the money savings guide me to a final choice.
I ended up selecting this one from Amazon: NuWallpaper NU3038 Groovy Garden Navy Peel & Stick Wallpaper for $25 per roll. I anticipated needing 3 rolls, but ordered 4 rolls just in case I had any issues with lining the pattern up or miscalculating. It was free returns (and I have the option of dropping the return off at our local Kohls), so it made sense to be extra prepared.
I dragged everything away from the wall and grabbed a step stool, one roll of wallpaper and my tool kit.
I decided to start on the far right side of the room just in case my last piece ended up being thin and wonky… it could hide behind the door. Here is the first piece:
Just like a sticker, you peel off the backing and give yourself a foot or so to work with. I applied the top as straight as possible and then slowly unwrapped the backing while smoothing down the wallpaper with the large red tool.
At the bottom of the wall, where it meets the trim, I used the knife to carefully trim the wallpaper to line up with the trim. The smaller blue tool was perfect if you had more aggressive smoothing to do — you could really get it in there without worrying about ripping the wallpaper.
For the second piece, I had to make sure to line up the design properly, which means there was lots of holding wallpaper over my head while sweating and swearing. To be honest, it’s not exactly perfect… but you can’t really tell.
Third piece. Easy, peasy. If you notice, I skipped that little slice next to the plumbing access area. I came back to that bit at the end and cut a little piece that perfectly lined up from my scraps.
As I said, I was concerned that the last piece might be odd and wonky, but as it was it lined up great. In addition to using the knife at the bottom of the wall, I also sliced the side of the wallpaper so it lined up with the seam on the left.
The entire process took me 2 ½ hours from start to finish. I did the entire project myself with a step stool and no other help. I ended up using 3 rolls (with some bits left over) and didn’t open the 4th roll at all. The total cost of my wallpaper project was: $75 in wallpaper ($25 per roll) and $6 for the toolkit = $81 total.
I’ll do a full reveal of the before/after of the office as soon as I get it typed up, but I’m LOVING my new wallpaper. It just makes the room feel so much more fun and fresh and makes for a fabulous zoom background too!
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