Many of you know that we’ve moved to Colorado. We’ve been blessed to purchase a home that includes a fifth bedroom and we are excitedly turning that room into a guest room. We’ve already begun the process of painting and have just completed putting up this amazing Photo Wall wallpaper that PhotoWall.com supplied us.
Wallpaper surely has come along way from when it was the old peeling stuff you’d see in a 1970’s home with an obnoxious floral pattern. In fact, wallpaper is making a come back this year with a more modern and updated look.
Take a look here at some of these amazing modern designs:
For our photo wall, we wanted our guests to feel like they were waking up in a forest. So we chose a backdrop of trees against a light blue accent wall on one side and white walls on the other side. We felt it would truly make the space feel special and bigger than it is.
What you’ll need to get started:
1. A bucket that can hold at least a gallon of water
2. paint tray
3. paint roller
6. Exacto knife
7. paint brush
8. paint still
9. a putty knife, or texturing knife as its sometimes called
10. A wallpaper roller
11. A sponge (not pictured) Sometimes glue gets on the wallpaper and a damp but not soaking wet sponge can help get the paste off the front of the wallpaper, you’ll want to immediately dry the area after sponging it down with a dry towel or paper towels.
12. A towel to dry wet spots from the sponge so it doesn’t affect the outcome of the wallpaper.
*Some of you might also want to wear plastic gloves if you don’t want to get paste on your hands.
To get started, unbox your photo wall and sort through the different panels. Our photo wall came to us in 7 strips. It was 112 inches wide by 90 inches tall. The strips are numbered. It’s best to lay the photo wall out in front of the wall it is going on so you have a visual of how you will put it up.
When we laid it out, we realized we would need to start with panel 7 (the last panel) because the first panel was next to the door frame. We recommend starting with the simplest end of a wallpapering project and working your way to more complicated areas so that you can make sure all lines and seems match up perfectly.
After that, we cut each panel out and relabeled it on the back.
Then we stacked them so they were easy to grab and mixed the paste. The paste comes in a package that you mix with one gallon of water in a bucket. We mixed it according to the directions on the side of the package. When the paste was ready to mix, we began the process.
The first couple of panels were a bit of a struggle. We realized quickly how fast the paste dries and that we needed to roll on a lot more. We were being too conservative. After the two panels were up, Scott and I got into more of a rhythm with it. We ended up finishing the project in just about two hours from start to finish. We did have a few interruptions with a cat and kids to deal with, but other than that, the project went pretty smoothly.
(And if you are wondering what the sticks at the bottom of the baseboards are for, we’ll show you in Episode 4! So subscribe so you’ll know when we post a video!)
Thank you PhotoWall.com for sponsoring this post and Episode 3 of our Guest Room Project!
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