I worked with Walls Republic for the wallpaper and decided on Grey Geometric. They had SO many options. So many really, really great options. They offer 5 free samples, and I highly recommend getting samples before you take on a wallpaper project because they look entirely different in person. I was actually pretty sure I was not going to choose this pattern when I ordered the samples, but threw it in there as part of my 5. Glad I did!
Here's the room before paper went up. Bones were all in place, but it was pretty boring.
I was a little uneasy going into this project because a) I've never wallpapered before, b) I remember my mom struggling with pre-pasted paper years ago, and c) I had A BUNCH of cut ins to make. A lot of my fears were set aside when I realized this is not our momma's wallpaper. Paste is applied to the wall and then the paper is laid on top. No pre-pasting (pre-pasteing??) the back or having to run it under water to activate an existing adhesive. Such a better method!
My apologies for the crummy photos. I did a lot of work at night after kids were in bed and was snapping pictures with my phone.
Another thing that I was pleasantly surprised with was how thick their wallpaper was. I was worried about tearing the paper while working with it and that I was going to see all the imperfections of my textured walls coming through. I had zero problems with it tearing on me and I did a lot of tugging at times. And I don't know if it was due to the thickness of the paper, the darker color, or both, but I don't notice the texture behind the paper.
Now the areas where I had to cut around built ins and shelving was a booger. Not gonna lie. Had I done a regular room without having to work around built-ins it would have been a breeze! I heard someone say wallpapering is a lot like child birth. While you're going through it you swear you won't do it again, but what you end up with in the end erases all the bad memories. The pain of a few difficult cuts was totally worth the finished product. It has been papered for a couple of weeks now and I still walk in there just to look at it.
Wallpaper can be a bit of an investment, so I love the idea of using it in a smaller space like this where you get a lot of bang. I've seen so many great uses of paper lately where just a little changes everything.
Above wall molding
| Hunted Interior |
| Hello Lidy |
| A Blissful Nest |
Backs of bookcases
| Bliss at Home |
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A big thank you to Walls Republic for providing me with the wallpaper for this project. I wasn't otherwise compensated and all options are my own.