There are certain things I’m willing to do to add visual interest to a wall. A new coat of paint? No problem. Add some wall art? You got it. Take 10 hours to hang up one section of wallpaper only to find out that it’s slightly crooked and now I have to peel it off one torturously tiny piece at a time? No thanks.
Photos by Kelly O'Roark
If you’ve ever had the joy (note the sarcasm) of putting up or tearing down old-fashioned wallpaper, you know that it’s every homeowner’s worst nightmare. While it can definitely add color and dimension to a blank space, it’s a huge commitment, and you better do it right the first time or else you’ll spend hours of your life trying to fix it. As an alternative, some homeowners prefer the look of exposed brick walls in a home, stone, or wood paneling, but decide against it because they don’t want the mess or the expense of actually installing those wall features.
If this sounds like a familiar quandary, I’ve found a genius invention that will literally change your life (OK, that might be slightly dramatic, but not really). What if you could have the look of white-washed brick or textured stone in the form of commitment-free wallpaper? It’s possible to get the best of both worlds with temporary wallpaper. Here’s how to transform a bland wall it in four simple steps.
Step 1: Purchase Wallpaper and Tools
There are certain areas of the house that need patterns or texture to contrast the solid walls, and the idea of using raw materials sounds unique and oh-so-cool. However, the expense of the materials and labor plus the mess of sawdust or rock fragments is completely unappealing, which is why 3D removable wallpaper is the heaven-sent gift that I never knew I needed. It’s basically a giant reusable sticker, and I absolutely love it.
There are many different types of removable wallpaper designs available, so you should easily be able to find one that suits your tastes perfectly. A roll will usually cost approximately $40. The particular roll that I chose looks like a stone wall which has lots of depth and detail, and it covers about 30 square feet of wall space.
Here are the supplies you’ll need to put temporary wallpaper up in your home:
Step 2: Measure the Space; Then Measure and Cut the Wallpaper
Next, measure the wall space where you want to add visual interest. The blank panels on either side of the recessed TV area in my home could use something to spice up the space, so I measured the length and width of each.
After that, I used those measurements to cut a rectangular shape of peel-and-stick wallpaper that would fit perfectly into the first panel. The length of the wall panel is about 43.5 inches and the width is 16.5 inches, so I rolled out 44 inches of wallpaper and cut it from the roll. Since the width of the paper is 20 inches, I cut off 3 inches from one side.
Pro Tip: Cut the length and the width of the wallpaper so that each side has an extra half-inch. It’s better to have a little excess instead of not enough since it can be removed easily.
Step 3: Peel and Stick from Top to Bottom
When it comes to learning how to hang temporary wallpaper, it’s a lot easier than it seems. (I promise.) Peel the backing off the wallpaper and line up the wallpaper on the wall, starting at the top. If you noticed that it’s starting out slightly crooked, no sweat! Just gently peel it back and try again. Even if it takes a few tries, the paper will still stick. Slowly apply the paper to the wall as you work your way down, and keep checking repeatedly that it stays properly aligned with the wall.
As you adhere the paper to the wall, smooth out any obvious bubbles or wrinkles as you go. If necessary, lift the wallpaper back off the wall and reapply it. Once you’ve applied the entire sheet of wallpaper, you’re almost done!
Step 4: Smooth Out the Wallpaper and Trim Any Excess Around the Perimeter
Take your smoothing tool and smooth out the wallpaper from top to bottom to ensure that it’s fully adhered to the wall. Next, use the precision knife to remove any excess paper around the edges of the wall or panel.
And voila! I followed these four easy steps, and now I have a beautiful, earthy “stone” panel that only cost about $40 and didn’t require any power tools, glue, water, or frustration. It’s a win-win all the way around.
What type of removable wallpaper design would you like to implement in your home? Brick? Wood panels? Marble? Share your favorites in the comments below!