Have you tried removable wallpaper yet? You can do it and I’m going to give you some tips as to how I did it. I totally feel like a teacher right now as I’m writing this because we teach our 1st graders how to write “how-to” stories, so I’m envisioning them as I begin to write this how-to hang removable wallpaper!
I am not a professional and I’m sure I just lucked out in some ways for everything to work out, but this is a quick tutorial as to how I hung the removable wallpaper in the laundry room.
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As I stated in my last post, I chose this spot because there were relatively no obstacles that I needed to cut around. I only ran into a few with the door trim and the light switch. Other than that, it was just lining up and cutting. I highly recommend you seek out a flat wall like this for your first experience just so you can get the hang of working with the vinyl sheets.
3- blade or exacto knife
I started on the left because I like to work left to right (I guess because I’m right handed?). Anyway this first part had a funky cut in the door trim and the light switch so I dove right into it.
I used scissors and a blade throughout this project. **Beware** the vinyl cuts very easily and even tears if you aren’t too careful. So just go slowly when cutting. Lesson learned.
I also learned to pull a little of the backing off at a time and work my way down the wall. That way, I wasn’t repositioning the sticky part and losing some of the stickiness. You can see in the photo below how the top part is sticking to the wall, but the lower part still has the backing on.
Use this little tool to help smooth out the paper as you go.
Here are some pictures showing how I got around the trim and the light switch. Again, pull a little of the paper off at a time and then cut slowly, check then slowly cut a little more until you are happy with how it is fitting.
Replacing that old, paint covered light switch by the way…
Cutting around the trim on the right side… You can see I left quite a bit extra on the side just in case so I would avoid over-trimming.
Once you get to the bottom where the paper meets the trim, I pushed firmly on it to make a line in the paper, then very carefully used my blade to cut the excess off. Repeat. Very carefully cut the excess off. Slow is better 🙂
Then I was off to the next piece. I lined up the pattern and kept going. I was able to get 2 pieces out of one roll. I ended up needing 3 rolls all because of this one tiny sliver of a piece at the end. I have a lot left over that could possibly be used for drawer liners or if for some reason I had to replace a sheet of paper.
My Dad asked me if I drew a line and made sure it was square….um…..no? Like I said, I’m no professional, but this particular product was very easy to use and did not require me to measure or make sure I’m squared up. If you know my Dad you probably know he just shook his head when I told him that 🙂
When I was finished, I took a blade and carefully trimmed it at the top where it meets the ceiling.
And the backing makes really good poster paper to make roads and parking spaces! **Real life picture with kid stuff everywhere**
That’s it! It’s amazing how much this has changed this space and made it feel wow!!!
Remember I painted the trim black too? LOVE it!
I plan on hanging something on the wall here, but still working on that. I’m in between a laundry sign or a diy home sign.
I moved the navy and white bins into the playroom and replaced them with these.
So now I have my eye on the powder room. I’m thinking of taking the easy way out of getting around the pipes by putting up some molding halfway up and then hanging the wallpaper on the top.
These are my three choices- what do you think?
Have you found a place in your home where you would like to try removable wallpaper? Give it a try and let me know how you made out!