Two words. Directional wallpaper. We are now SUPER familiar with these words (that will haunt us forever, along with the upside down wallpaper in the upstairs hallway 😂).
Like many of you, we were more focused on whether or not this wallpaper would adhere to/look right on the textured walls that we have here in Texas versus actually looking at the direction of the little leaves. (Spoiler alert: the dark leaves should point up). ANYWAY, after trying this type of pre-pasted wallpaper TWICE now, we are certain this works quite well on textured walls. And we’ll show you how!
Wallpaper is one of our favorite ways to jazz up a space because it really only requires a few materials, minimal prep-work, and creates a HUGE IMPACT!
The best time-saver we found was using a paint sprayer filled with water to create a “fine mist” to activate the paste on the back of the paper. A squirt bottle would have taken longer and a roller may not have evenly applied the water.
After spraying the back of the pre-pasted paper we “booked” the paper. This was done by taking each end of the paper and folding it to the center of the strip. We let that sit for 3 minutes (per the instructions that came with the wallpaper) while the paste was activating. After the time was up we grabbed the top edge of the paper and carefully placed it on the wall, leaving the bottom half of the paper “booked” until the top portion was secured, then released the bottom half and secured that to the wall as well.
For those of us with TEXTURED WALLS, do not fret! This paper totally works! We have textured walls as well. You’ll just want to make sure that you get all of the air out from behind the paper. This can be done by firmly pressing all of the paper in place by hand OR by using a flat edge.
One of our most frequently asked questions is, will this type of paper ruin your walls afterwards? How many of us are still haunted by the wallpaper (+ glue) of the 70s/80s? Adhesive has come a LONG way, so now you can remove it by simply wetting the paper again, and it slips easily off the wall…in ONE WHOLE SHEET! No more tiny little shreds!
It totally transforms this little space into a little designer hall bathroom (vs. builder-grade boring bathroom). Such a simple weekend project that we feel ANY level of DIYer can handle. Happy Wallpaper-ing!
August 28, 2019