Thanks so much for all of your encouraging comments on yesterday’s post! I am really looking forward to reworking some of those designs (even just making the scale larger) and getting them available for you (and me) to purchase. Your supportive words have made me even more excited about it.
So, if you’ve been following my Instagram stories, you know my mom and I worked on wallpapering the guest room (yes, the room she’s staying in) this week. We always like working on projects together and this was the biggest one we had to tackle, so we wanted to work on it during the first half of her visit.
I was ready to get right to papering Monday, but we had a lot of steps to do before we could even open the first roll. First of all, I wanted to install a chair rail, so we had a “stopping place” for the paper. I debated whether the chair rail should go up before or after, but we decided before and I think that was absolutely the right choice.
I had never installed chair rail by myself (although I’ve done other types of trim work) and it was so easy and quick. It took about 1 hour and $80 to put chair rail up in this room and even just that simple change added some architectural interest to the room. I warned Jeff that he may be seeing chair rail going up in a lot more rooms!
Here is a look around the room with the chair rail installed…
I then painted all of the chair rail, window & door trim that would be up against the paper. Again, I wanted to get right to papering, so I was annoyed at this step, but I knew it had to be done. It would’ve been dumb to put up the paper and then try to cut in around it simply because I was feeling impatient!
I also started painting below the chair rail the same color as the trim (a custom white) while my mom rolled on the wallpaper sizing on the upper portion of the wall. (You can find the recipe for the trim color in THIS POST.)
Conveniently, the wall color was already similar enough to the base color of the wallpaper, so we didn’t have to paint the walls prior. If you think papering will get you out of painting, it can in some cases, but in other cases, you’ll have to paint the wall the same as the background of the paper so any gaps in the seams (and there will be some small gaps) won’t be visible.
The wallpaper sizing is a primer that prepares the wall for the wallpaper glue and makes it easier to remove the paper down the road. We put it on with a roller and then brushed in the corners and along the trim.
We also removed any nails and made sure the walls were smooth. Once the sizing and trim paint were dry, we were able to finally put up the first piece of paper! I must admit that it was an exciting, but intimidating moment. I knew this room would be a lot of work and I wasn’t 100% sure that I could pull it off! I was going for it, though!
The first piece took about 30 minutes to measure, cut, paste, and install, but we eventually got our time down to two pieces applied in eight minutes.
And I learned a lot! Now that I’ve used pasted and unpasted papers AND I have used two different kinds of wallpaper paste, I have developed some strong opinions and lots of tips to share and I’ll be posting it all here soon.
Today, my mom and I took a break from papering and hit some antique and consignment shops, so I have a little haul to share soon as well!