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Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Wallpaper backsplash!

Back to my laundry room!  
So after I nixed the stencil, you would think I would have left all the other walls alone, right?  
Well I didn't. 
 I had been planing to use some textured wall paper I bought at DI a while ago.  In fact, I let my neighbor Shelly from House of Smith's use part of it in her kitchen awhile ago, you can see that here.

 I know you are thinking, wallpaper?  
That doesn't sound like me.  
But I bought it at DI so it was really cheap. I also had one of my kids hold it up and I really liked it. 
 (No chance of getting it up and changing my mind like I did with the stencil.)
I want to put it on the back wall; kinda my back splash, if you will.  
It's looking pretty blahh!!!

I am sure you all know how to install wall paper but I will give you a quick run down of what I did.  
#1 I measured the wall and cut my length extra long.  Then I filled up the tub with a few inches of water and immerse my first strip of wall paper.  
#2  I folded the paper so the back sides or sides with glue were touching and pulled it out of the water and let it sit for a few minutes.  This process is called booking.  I read if you don't let it sit it will expand or shrink on the wall and mess up your seams later.  
#3  I stuck that baby up.  I just opened it up and pushed against the wall and smoothed it with my hands, working all the air bubbles out.  My first strip slid right behind my gray imago walls on the side nicely.  But the second strip was too wide and I had to cut it.  I used a metal putty knife and utility knife.  Just make sure the blade is nice and sharp and go slow, wet paper tends to want to rip instead of cut.  

#4  I actually ripped a small section off this top corner, but stuck the small piece back on.  After it dried you couldn't even tell.  Can you see it?  
#5  I needed a cut out for my water shut offs.  I just cut to the corners and then trimmed each flap off.  
#6  Here it is after I had it all installed.  It's still wet so it looks kind of creamy or yellow.  But I'm loving the texture.

OK, here's the dried out finished product! 
 Love, love, love it!
What do you think? 
 I don't think it competes with the linen walls like the stencil did.  

We are really making progress, so much done but so much to do in such a little room!! 
Stay tuned for more updates!!
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Rachel said...

Yes! I do love the texture it adds! And you've given me an idea. ;) I'm starting my kitchen cabinet painting project and I think I need something like this for the backsplash. So pretty!

Unknown said...

Looks beautiful!!!
Especially against that gorgeous dark wall

Unknown said...

You are amazing!!! I love your ideas and your impressive talent!

OrangeBlossom said...

Love it. Looks more like tile than wallpaper

Simply Suzannes at Home said...

Suzanne of Simply Suzannes at Home

I love the wallpaper you chose. I thought it was metal tin squares. Great look!
Thanks so much for sharing,

Emma said...

I love the wall paper!!! I can't wait to see what else you do.