You may have recently started to see a lot of interest in temporary wallpaper. It is a great solution for people living in short-term arrangements like apartments or dorms or for people like me who start to get anxiety thinking about committing to real wallpaper. I also think that temporary wallpaper would be awesome for teachers in their classrooms.
What is temporary wallpaper? Think of it like those wall decals for the entire wall. It is basically a giant removable sticker for your wall.
I recently put up temporary wallpaper for the first time and I wanted to share some insights from a newbie. I'm actually a total wallpaper newbie. I've never hung real or temporary before trying it in my storage room to office makeover. And while it was not as easy as I had thought it would be going into it, it wasn't too bad after I learned from some mistakes and I would definitely do it again
The first thing that you definitely need to keep in mind is that you need to buy at least one or two extra rolls. I had calculated the square footage of my wall and looked at the coverage of each roll, and then bought what I thought I needed...which should have given me a bit of extra anyway. BUT here's the thing I didn't figure on...the pattern. Having never put up wallpaper before, I didn't think about the pattern needing to match up. So while I did have a bit of extra with what I had ordered, I ended up needing another roll in order to finish so my pattern would line up. Thank you Target REDcard Debit for 5% off and free shipping no matter the amount!
Paint first. I only used the wallpaper on one wall and I painted the other walls in my office/craft room. I was smart enough to trim out the corners before adding the wallpaper, but I wish that I would have painted all of the walls that were adjacent to the wallpapered wall. There were a few paint smears that needed cleaning up, but I got to them as soon as I made them so they were easy fixes.
Take the time to find the pattern!!!!! Hopefully only I notice, but I didn't line up the pattern correctly on my first sheet. I had a hard time finding a pattern within the brick texture, but there was one....which I really noticed after getting two sheets on the wall. Take the time to be certain!
While it can be done alone (I did my wall all by myself), I think two people would make the job easier. The instructions did recommend two people, but after having read that other bloggers were able to do it alone, I gave it a go. Also, the squeegee they suggest is important. I did buy this even though I didn't figure I would use it...I did use it.
Like I said earlier, I would definitely use temporary wallpaper again. This paper that I used from Target remained sticky even after the numerous times I had to take it off and realign it. I did use it in our basement too, and so far, moisture isn't making it come down either. And even though I did this alone, I would have been done in one afternoon except for having to wait for an additional roll to be delivered.
All-in-all, I'm really proud of how the wall turned out and the progress I'm making on the office/craft room. What do you think? Would you ever try temporary wallpaper? Any questions I didn't answer? Let me know in the comments!
You can find my pink chair here.
You can find the textured brick temporary wallpaper I used below.
NOTES: I bought the white wallpaper, not the gray. On the day this is published, it's on sale too!
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