Being cooped up in a house can lead a person to go crazy. Thankfully, we have a DIY project for you to keep you sane and make your home a little cuter!
When it comes to shopping for wallpaper, there is only one place to go for all your upholstery needs. The Fabric Company, known for its unique and plentiful supply of fabrics, wallpapers, and everything in between, has everything you need to get a little crafty this quarantine.
In this edition, we're going to teach you how to create an accent wall using wallpaper.
DIY #4: Accent Wall
Ever stare at your walls and think about what might be missing? Sometimes adding an accent wall can bring a whole new vibe to a room. One of the best ways to do that is by adding wallpaper from thefabricco.com. They have plenty of patterns, colors, and styles for you to choose from to create a statement-making accent wall. Once you have picked your design and it has shipped to your house, follow these steps!
Step 1: Measure the Wall
Before you can go pasting wallpaper everywhere, you must measure the length and width of the accent wall accurately. Using these measurements determine how many strips of wallpaper is needed. When you know the width of the wall, you can then use the width of the wallpaper to mark increments across the surface from edge to edge.
Step 2: Cut the Paper
Roll out and cut the wallpaper four inches longer than the height of your wall. Measure it out on your wallpaper. The extra two inches at the top and bottom give you a little wiggle room in case the wall isn't perfectly square. After cutting the first stripe, use it as a guide to cut the other pieces without having to measure. Repeat until you have the needed number of pieces.
Step 3: Paste
Wallpaper Without Paste:
Roll out one strip, with the front side faces down. Add water to the wallpaper water tray and then use a high-quality ½ inch paint roller to apply the paste. This will allow for uniform coverage across the entire strip of wallpaper and won't be as messy. Then place the strip right side down. Fold the ends towards the inside so no sticky side faces out and wait for the paste to activate and the paper to soften. "Booking" can be done to multiple pieces at a time. Set each strip out in front of the wall where it is going to be applied to set yourself up for hanging.
Wallpaper With Paste:
For the wallpaper that already has paste on it, you need to roll it up with the pattern facing inward and secure it with a clip, so it stays. Then you will fill your tray with water and stick the rolled-up paper into the water. Roll it around for about 30 seconds to get it nice and wet. Once that is complete you are ready to hang the wallpaper.
Step 4: Hanging Wallpaper
Starting with the strip closest to the entrance, unfold the piece of wallpaper and from top to bottom, stick it to the wall and smooth it out from the center to the sides. Continue to do this with the remaining strips. Be sure to match the pattern, and the edges are touching. Fifteen minutes after you apply each sheet, roll over the seams with a roller, and wipe down each strip with a damp wallpaper sponge or smooth over to ensure it's completely flat. Caution: Don't push too hard, or the paste will squeeze out and the paper will stretch.
Step 6: Trim the Edges
Now that all of the rolls of wallpaper are applied and smoothed out take a box cutter and trim the bottom and top edges. Go slow to ensure that your lines are straight and match the corner where the top of the wall meets the ceiling.
Let it dry and admire your brand-new accent wall!
- Paste (if needed)
- Sponge & bucket
- Smoothing brush or plastic smoother
- Tape measure
- 6-in putty knife
- Drop Cloth
- Paint Tray