One Room Challenge Week 4

Thursday, May 28, 2020

It is week 4 of the One Room Challenge presented by Better Homes and Gardens. This week is probably going to be my favorite. Today we are talking about the wallpaper. It is colorful, bold, geometric, and the number one item in my bag of tricks to #savethetravertine! 

The first step in wallpaper installation is to prep the wall. Wallpaper does not do well or look good on textured walls. Instead of floating the wall with joint compound, I chose to sand down the texture with an orbital sander. This could be a dusty endeavor, but I used our dust collection system and it was a non dusty breeze! Especially when you watch it via timelapse!

Here is the cast of characters. I ordered the wallpaper kit from Amazon it was worked wonderfully. This paper works with rolling glue onto the paper or onto the wall. I chose the wall to minimize damage to the paper.

My process was to paste the wall with the brush, put up the strip of paper, smooth with the blade tool. Really press it into the edges along the ceiling and cabinet. Then I used the razor blade to trim the excess paper off. The blade tool helps here to keep the razor blade straight. Repeat the process making sure the repeat lines up perfectly on each piece. The seam roller will help make sure you get a tight seal between pieces. Trimming around switch plates and lights can be tricky. I handle it by just cutting small pieces away and smoothing until I get a tight cut around the plate. You can always cut more paper, but if you take away too much, you can't fix that.

Here is another satisfying timelapse!

The paper went up without a hitch and adds so much character to the bathroom. It also makes the travertine and glass sinks seem like part of the plan instead of dates elements of an old bathroom.

Raise your hand if you love bold wallpaper as much as do!

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