Written by ForTheHome
I recently moved into a new home after 2 years of renovating. Instead of choosing wall treatments up front, I decided to live there for a couple months to get a feel of the new home and how I want to decorate. I always had the idea of a wallpapered powder room but I was quite hesitant—wallpapering is a pretty scary topic. I originally asked my builder if he could install it for me and he was a no-go off the bat! People hear the word and run in the opposite direction. But once I discovered the Illuminate wallpaper from Arhaus there was no turning back for me…I fell in love. 🥰 I had to use it! Even if I was a little afraid of the process.
Fast forward to a week ago… I realized how simple it is to hang wallpaper! It’s not scary at all. Smoothing out the air bubbles on the walls was even therapeutic in a sense. I understand why it can have a bad wrap…it is permanent after all. But that’s where Arhaus comes to the rescue by offering high quality, beautiful, and timeless, wallpaper full of character. I have not a single doubt that I will love my wallpaper for years to come.
The supplies you’ll need and steps you’ll take are super simple. I recommend doing this project with a friend, family member, or significant other. Make a fun day of it!
HOW TO HANG WALLPAPER
Duration: n/a, this all depends on the square footage. For my project, with two wallpaper amateurs, on a full half bathroom, it took about 7 hours.
WHAT YOU’LL NEED
Wallpaper, x amount of rolls based on wallpaper type. I used the Arhaus wallpaper calculator on my specific wallpaper’s page to determine the amount of rolls needed
Wallpaper paste, you can purchase this from most home improvement stores, make sure to read the label on square foot coverage!
Washrags (I dampened one of mine before I started just in case I wanted to use it right away)
Now for the fun part! I recommend reading these steps once-over before starting the project, so you can understand the full process. Once you get into the swing of things, these steps will get easier and easier.
1. Scope out your space and decide where you want to start/finish. I picked the least conspicuous area in the room, just incase I started off a bit rocky. 😉 During this time you can fill your paint tray with the wallpaper paste.
2. Using a level and straightedge, measure the width of your wallpaper and draw a vertical line down the wall. This is now your plumb line! You’ll line up your first sheet of wallpaper to this line, so make sure to spend time making it as level as possible. Tip: walls and ceilings are not completely straight, so having a well leveled plumb line will help the sheets not go crooked as you paste them.
3. Measure your wall length to determine where to cut your first sheet. I recommend adding a few extra inches to the length to start off, just to be safe. Cut your first sheet to this measurement.
4. The next part is super easy! Using your roller, apply the wallpaper paste to the full length of the wall. You also apply the paste a few inches wider than the wallpaper width to ensure the edges are fully sealed. Use a brush to apply paste to any corner/crevices.
5. Now for the real fun part! Hang the wallpaper, leaving a few extra inches toward the ceiling and floor. Double check that your wallpaper is hung straight by setting your level beside the length. Adjust if necessary. Grab your putty knife and smooth out any air bubbles.
6. Using an x-acto knife and a straightedge, trim the excess wallpaper at the ceiling and floors. Do this step as you go, not at the end. This will help avoid any peeling issues in case you accidentally applied some paste on the ceiling or baseboards. 😊
That’s it! It’s pretty simple, right? Before cutting your next piece, unroll the full length to make sure the pattern repeat lines up. Once you’ve confirmed that, cut the appropriate length and complete steps 3-6 above!
HELPFUL WALLPAPER TIPS
Patience is a virtue! Cutting around windows and more permanent fixtures such as plumbing can be intimidating. Once you get to that area in your project, make sure to map out your game plan rather than just winging it.
Remove as many fixtures off the wall as possible before starting. I removed my mirror, bathroom hardware, light switch and outlet covers to avoid any issues. You want to give yourself the clearest possible path.
Smooth air bubbles outward and in the same motion (ie. upward or downward) This will help eliminate the bubbles completely rather than just moving them around.
Use the edge of your putty knife to make the corners crisp. This will help when aligning your next wallpaper panel as well!