Monday, August 6, 2012

Adventures in wallpapering



Wow, putting up this wallpaper was way harder than I imagined. First we ran into the paper not sticking to the wall in certain places. I had initially washed the walls but I guess that wasn't enough, so we went to our local home improvement store and bought a primer for the walls made especially for wallpaper. I could really see a difference the second time around, but then we hit a new problem...



When I tried to smooth out a bubble under the paper with the plastic smoother at the wrong angle the paper would crease, and there was no fixing it at that point. Also for anyone attempting this paper do not use a wallpaper brush, it leaves brush lines, only use a plastic smoother/squeegee. So again we had to rip another piece off the wall.



Also the directions for this paper tell you to paste the paper and let soak for 5 mins. During this process the paper can get stuck to left over tacky paste and some of the black ink would come off, total bummer. I had plans of doing an accent wall in the bedroom with another design, I'm not sure If I want to do that anymore. I have to say I'm getting much better at it. What worries me is that last piece of the wall goes all the way up to the ceiling (11 feet up), I hope I bought enough paper!



4 comments:

Jenn said...

good luck! I may have given up after all that.

Atomic Livin Home said...

That's a SMASHING PRINT!!

I admire your patience and cool under pressure...at least, you sound calm in writing! ;)

It's going to look fab and I can't wait to see pics of the completed project!

Sandi said...

wallpapering is a lot of work, but well worth it in the end! It looks great so far!

Menthe Blanche said...

The joys of DIY :( Good luck for next!