I did not finish this post prior to Monday’s Powder Room “REVEAL”…but wanted to share my Wallpaper experience with you!!!
I ADORE Wallpaper. Clean, Contemporary, Traditional, Geometric, Simple, Busy,
Whimsical, Colorful wallpaper…
I love it.
And so I have known all along that someday…
some way…I would wallpaper at least a nook and possibly even a cranny in this house.
Last week…my dream came true.
BUT…indulge me…before I begin with a little History…
of the Wallpaper in this house…
9 years ago…when we moved to My Old Country House…
$1000 to have that wall repaired, we realized that the wallpaper:
the years and years and years and layers of wallpaper,
….were holding the walls up !!!
So we did our research found the appropriate primers and paint and painted over all the wallpaper.
But I knew I would have my day!
Choosing wallpaper is a blast. I used to love to go with my Mom, to the wallpaper store, I can still remember the smell of all the stacks of books…flipping through pages…picking whole rooms in my mind…
playing “THIS one…or THIS one ?” with my brothers.
We had a fair amount of wallpaper in our very first house.
I loved our Peachy Pink Laura Ashley Asparagus wallpaper in the Dining room…
|My Dad and with his only daughter’s…only daughter…
and we had a precious “Laura Ashley” Humpty Dumpty print in Tate’s room.
These days, the cost of wallpaper can often
suck the fun right out of it. But there are ways to get the wallpaper you want…and save some money. Just like anything else, wallpapers go on sale, go out of print, get discontinued, have minor flaws…all sorts of things that can save you money.
AND, there are many wallpapers out there that are
more affordable than others. I am not going to devote much time to this topic but you can find some good selections on Amazon.com
But I will tell you how I saved.
I fell in love with Peyton Cosell Turner’s Designs after I stumbled upon an article about her
“Sticker Wallpaper” in Elle Decor magazine
(YOU MUST visit her site HERE)
I love her off beat traditionally based but in NO way traditional designs and colors and themes.
In particular , I fell head over heels in love with a pattern called
“Dollface” ….in a color called “Phoebe” (duh!).
I HAD to have it!!!..
But, it was $175 per single roll. Now, I am a HUGE proponent of Artists being paid for their craft, but I just did not have the reserve to afford my beloved “Dollface”. So, I wrote to Peyton and I told her I loved her and that if ever she had any scraps or pieces that could not be sold that I hoped she would let me know. A while later, when the pattern was discontinued , the lovely Peyton emailed me I was able to get some random pieces…for a very fair price, enough to do my tiny Powder Room!
Flat Vernacular wallpaper comes un cut, vertically as well as horizontally…
so I first had to prepare and process it by carefully trimming the sides.
I knew I had my work cut out for me…
no pun intended!!!
To cut the paper Vertically, I used a metal yard stick and followed the edge line as perfectly as I could and then made one straight cut with my mat knife. It is important NOT to stop, mid cut, or the slighted miss cut will show when you try to line up your papers.
There are many rules about when you cut your papers to hang etc, and I by NO MEANS am a professional so when I tell you how I did my wallpaper, I hope you remember that this is what worked with me…
“DOLLFACE” has a huge repeat, meaning the pattern goes on for nearly 2 feet, before it starts again.
The bigger the pattern, the bigger the waste, because you will have to line up the pattern so that it continues not just vertically but also horizontally. My bathroom is tiny and when I saw all the wallpaper Peyton sent I thought
“WOW, maybe I should do a bigger space!” But in the end I barely had enough, because much of the paper went to waste as I had to line up the pattern. Still, I used almost every inch of paper I had…and made it work…
I found this information on THis Old House to be extremely helpful. I was too caught up in the DOING, that I did not take many photos of the process. But I am going to talk you through what I did!
I was working with NON pre pasted, good old fashioned WALL PAPER.
3. If you were using pre-pasted this is where you would immerse the paper in water. My Mom taught me to always use paste…even with pre-pasted.
7. Smooth out your seams.
If you have never wallpapered before, I suggest you start with a very basic pattern
pre pasted wallpaper. And there is also no shame in hiring out this kind of work, especially considering the investment in the wallpaper. When we wallpapered our first house we had a huge yard sale and we used all of that money from the yard sale to pay a professional wallpaper hanger.
In the end, I am in love with my powder room!!!!
And even though I made mistakes here and there, I still am VERY proud I did it!!!