I’ve wanted to wallpaper for the longest time, but wallpaper is no joke, so I am glad to be partnering with Coloray Decor on this post to share How To Apply Peel and Stick Wallpaper and how it transformed my office.
DIY LEVEL: Intermediate, multi-person job
Before we applied the wallpaper, we painted the entire room for a more cohesive look. Since this is my office and I take a lot of photos in here I needed it to be brighter and white and it also matched the wallpaper better.
We used Sherwin Williams Alabaster for both the walls, ceiling, and trim, but used a satin finish for the walls and ceiling and a semi-gloss finish for the trim.
Painting was definitely the most time consuming, but easy as far as DIY projects.
How To Apply Peel and Stick Wallpaper
Before jumping in, I recommend laying out your pieces on the ground and make sure you line up the patterns and know where you are going to start and that you enough.
The best way we found to apply it was to slowly peel off the back about 3 inches from the top. Align it with the ceiling and one straight side. We started in the corner as a guide for a straight line.
We used two wallpaper smoothing tools (one for each of us) from the hardware store and would swipe from the middle to the edges smoothing out any bubbles.
You have to work quickly but if you mess up you can pull it off and start over, but I don’t recommend doing this more than one or two times because you will lose some of the adhesive.
Once you get to the bottom, you a straight edge razor blade to cut along the trim for a straight line.
Repeat the process, but be very careful when lining up the pattern and make sure to have someone watching that edge making sure it’s lining up.
All in all, it took us about an hour from start to finish. Ours is definitely not perfect, but I am a firm believer that doing it yourself means it doesn’t have to be perfect. I know where the mistakes are, but unless you are looking close no one will notice.
I also want to add that our walls have a slight texture to them and we did not prime the wall. You can see slight bumps through the wallpaper, but this doesn’t bother me.
With just a simple coat of paint and some peel and stick wallpaper, this space is completely transformed.