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How to Hang Wallpaper for Beginners

Happy Halloween to all of my favorite ghosts and goblins! I hope everyone had a fabulous weekend full of all of the great things Fall has to offer. For our part, we spent a good deal of time in what will be, in less than two weeks, our new game room!
geometric wallpaper - how to wallpaper

Today, I’m participating in a Wallpaper Makeover Blog hop, hosted by Stephanie at Casa Watkins Living, and am here to talk to you about hanging wallpaper, especially if you are a beginner. First, why use wallpaper? Simple. It’s durable, washable, long lasting, comes in an unlimited amount of colors and styles and can bring instant depth to any room, large or small. In our case, wallpaper is being used to add a dramatic element to a very large room that would just not be possible with paint alone.

black wallpaper - how to hang wallpaper
This post has been graciously sponsored by Wallpaper Boulevard. All opinions, views, and other ramblings are entirely my own. 

You might remember this gorgeous wallpaper that I was gushing about at the beginning of this room make-over from Wallpaper Boulevard. I love the tiny bit of sparkle and the all-over geometric pattern. The paper indeed provided just what was needed in the large room!

I’m no expert on wallpaper hanging. As a matter of fact, this project took me quite a while, and I think I might have been wearing nearly the same amount of glue as the walls were! The first few pieces were the most difficult to apply, but after that, I quickly got into a groove. Here are the five lessons I learned that I hope you’ll find useful if you are taking on a wallpapering project of your own.

1.  Prepare your walls by repairing any holes or cracks. Use a Spackle and a putty knife and sand smooth before applying any paper. Those little bumps and lumps will not only show through the paper; they will make it near to impossible to smooth the paper without tearing it. Don’t ask me how I know this.

home wallpaper - wallpaper hanging supplies

2. Determine if your paper is prepasted or unpasted. Check the paper manufacturer if you are not sure.  Gather your supplies. I used the following supplies for my unpasted wallpaper.

  • level
  • tape measure
  • Wallpaper glue
  • paint roller, tray and paint brush
  • utility knife
  • Sponge and Plastic smoother – I used a putty knife
  • A bucket of clean water
wallpaper for walls - simple way to hang wall paper

3.  Determine where to hang your paper and prepare your first piece. I was only hanging on two walls, so I was able to start in the corner by measuring the width of the paper minus half an inch. I used the level to draw a line from the ceiling down to the crown molding line. If you were wallpapering an entire wall, you would also start in a corner but would draw your line from the ceiling down to the floor.  If you are doing an entire room that you will want to do this every time you start a new wall to make sure that your wallpaper remains straight as you move around the room.  Then, measure the length of your wall +6 inches and use that as your measurement to cut your first piece of wallpaper. Matching any patterns cut a second piece of paper matching after the first. Put the second piece aside and lay the first piece you’ve cut out on a flat surface, face down. You’ll want always to have two pieces on the go – one to be pasted one, one you’ve matched, waiting.

Cheap Wallpaper - hanging unpasted wallpaper
wallpaper direct - how to book wallpaper

4. Prepare or “book” your wallpaper to be hung by activating the glue. My paper was on paste it, and that’s what I will be talking about here.  Using a paint roller apply and even coat of wallpaper paste to the back of the first piece to be hung. Fold the bottom into the center and the top into the center without creasing the paper. Allow the paper to rest in this position until the glue becomes fully activated. The amount of time required for this will be noted on your directions for your wallpaper.

new wallpaper - hanging wallpaper

5. Unfold the top half of the strip and apply the paper to the wall letting some of the wallpaper overlap the ceiling and they are joining while using your line as your guide.  Using a wallpaper smoothing tool gently smooth the paper into place removing any air bubbles and being careful not to tear the paper. Unfold the bottom half and smooth into place. Then smooth the entire strip from top to bottom and the center out, working diagonally. Use a sponge or o’clock and clean water to remove any excess glue, then trim, using a long putty knife as a guide and a utility knife, trim any excess paper. I find it easiest to cut above the putty knife to keep the paper from pulling and tearing.

.. and repeat until done!

wallpaper - hanging wallpaperfor dummies


beautiful wallpapers - how-to-hang-wallpaper

Now, wash the glue out of your hair and enjoy the new look of your room!

I LOVE the look of my new paper from Wallpaper Boulevard. If you’re in the market for a paper of any style, be sure to check out their selection. Their prices are fantastic, and the customer service can’t be beaten! Thanks so much for dropping by and be sure to check back here on Thursday for a Game Room update!

For even more wallpaper inspiration and tips, check out these links!


One Room Challenge – {Week Three and Four} – Flowers in the Attic

Hey, lovelies! Thanks so much for all of the love on my simple DIY Halloween shirt. How is it that Halloween is just a few days away?!

Time is flying by.. especially in One Room Challenge land! I can’t believe we are in week four! Ahhh!!

Although we’ve been working our hineys off, or maybe because we’ve been working our hineys off – and because we celebrated not only our anniversary AND hosted our annual Halloween party – I’m a week behind in sharing my progress! I’m playing catch-up this week with progress from week three and four!

In case you missed week two, we are once again a willing and excited linking participant in the One Room Challenge hosted by Calling It Home. We are feverishly making over what we hope will be an inviting and dramatic – in all the best ways – Game Room. For those of you who are new here and visiting from Calling It Home, welcome! I’m so glad to meet you, and I hope you’ll take a look around! #wave

In week one we shared our ideas for making over our room. Week two,   we talked about our plan to bring a little bit of bling and drama to our 22’x13′ space.  The past two weeks we started putting some of our plans into action! Finally!
Although the room is hardly looking complete, We’ve made a good start on many things. We spent a good deal of our time last week opening and finishing off an attic space directly off of the room we are working on. The attic space is quite large – about 22’x 10′ – and has a window in it. It’s always bugged me to no end that we had nearly an entire room in our house on the other side of the wall that we couldn’t use!
Too, we have to go in there every year, and to date, it’s been a bit challenging. With no floor and the door a size that would make even a Smurf have to duck not to hit his head, it’s always an adventure to put out the wreaths on our windows every Christmas!
That was the first order of business – enlarging the door. My design called for Board and Batten trim on the walls, and I wanted to hide the new larger door within the wall treatment.
After cutting a larger hole in the wall. The size being determined by the board and batten trim plan, I popped inside, balancing on the joists and went about planning where and how I could put up some useable storage. To cut down on costs, I decided to close up half of the attic, blocking it so that no curious monkeys could explore the length of it and end up falling through the ceiling. The other half would receive a basic floor and wall paneling to cover the insulation. I’d planned to leave the trusses running across the attic and just work them into my plan for shelving, but it was going to be a bit difficult to move around in there. Difficult or no, I was willing to do what needed to be done to find a place to house our various monopoly and operation games. Imagine my surprise when Shay commented with “You know.. I bet we could just move those trusses and put a support beam in. They aren’t supporting the roof, just this wall.” Squeal!

We got to work, removing three trusses and relocating them on the other side of the door. We added a support beam to ensure the integrity of the ceiling. Next came the floor, light with a pull-cord, and finally the paneling. Our doorway is still relatively small, and we did end up having to cut our panels for both the flooring and the walls before putting them through, but not until after we’d gotten them good and stuck.

You can’t blame us for trying.

The new door was made with a piece of 3/4″ plywood, with basic brass hinges. To ensure the door would be hidden within the board and batten, I added a spring-loaded magnet closure. The closure was inexpensive and just perfect for what I need!

I’m so happy with how this little-unexpected project turned out. We didn’t know how much we needed the storage until we had it!

In other news, we’re working our way around the room, installing the board and batten trim.

We’ve added the built-in, something of a floating console table, over and behind where the sofa will eventually be.

Speaking of couches, the sofa is hopefully going to arrive in just a few days! I hope!

The snack/wine bar is built and will be installed tomorrow.

I finally got a chance to try out my new paint sprayer graciously given to me by Wagner. I think I’m pretty much in love and-and beyond graceful for their sponsorship. Just thinking of painting all of that trim by hand is enough to make me want to eat an entire batch of cookies.

All in all, it’s been a productive few weeks, despite the fact that I didn’t cross anything off my list – at least not something that was on it originally! Ah well, I’m going with it. Here is where we are at:

  1.  Built-in storage bench seating with bookshelves
  2.  Add a built-in snack bar with wine and spirits area
  3.  Add a built-in Media cabinet for a TV and other components
  4.  Create an organized craft-supply closet
  5. Bold geometric wallpaper
  6. Board and Batten wall trim throughout
  7. Dart Board
  8. Black Gloss Ceiling
  9. Convertible sofa or sofa bed
  10. Move and re-felt the pool table
  11. Finish attic space to act as storage and a fun secret hide-out

Historically, this is the week that I start to panic and fall apart a bit. I’m pretty good in stressful situations – at least until I find myself in multiple stressful situations at the same time, which is the case these days. Calgon, Take me away!

Wondering where to start? The best place is always the beginning!

If you’re looking for more ORC fun, you might want to take a look at these!


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How to Transform your Bonus Room to a Game Room

We are participating in the One Room Challenge, making over our bonus room! See the before and find out what we’re hoping to accomplish with the makeover. 

Bonus Room Make-over Ideas

bonus room makeover ideas pin

Wednesday was the first official day of Calling it Home’s Fall edition of the One Room Challenge. What’s the One Room Challenge, or ORC, as it’s affectionately called by us DIY bloggers? The ORC, a twice-a-year event, is a gathering together of 20 insanely talented bloggers who each commit to transforming one room in six short weeks. Crazy, right? But oh so fun! There is a linking participant event every Thursday for the next six weeks to include those of us not in the 20 group. That’s where I come in!

If you’re visiting from Calling it Home, it’s so great to meet you! My small family of seven (ha!) moved into this house about nine years ago. The first few years we spent most of our time keeping everyone alive – five is a fair number of kids. After being relatively satisfied with that, we decided to tackle a few DIY projects. Since then, little by little, we’ve been making this home truly our own! I hope you’ll stay and look around. Here are a few things to get you started:

A few details about our home  

Project Library

This being my second ORC, I can tell you it is the most excruciating, equally frustrating and exhilarating, intense and gratifying experience ever. I loved every minute of it when I took on the challenge last April to make over our dining room into a more multi-purpose space – specifically a playroom/dining room combination. After that, I never thought I’d be uttering these words again, but here we are. So why would I take this all on again you ask? Well, with great challenge comes great reward. Apparently, I thrive on madness with a side of stress. And luckily for me, my husband loves me a lot which helped me to convince him that this is a good idea. So here we go!


I’ve decided to make-over the bonus room over our garage. This room has had many lives and purposes in the nine years that we’ve lived here. It began as the shared bedroom of our younger girls. When they became old enough to move into their rooms, it then morphed into a classroom/craft/media room.

gameroom - before

game room makeover - before classroom

As time has gone on, the inconvenience of running up and down the stairs after my son between lessons became impractical and we’ve used this room less and less for a classroom. As a result, we’ve moved most of our school work down to the kitchen table, and all of our school supplies to the office, which is much more efficient. The bonus room is now more of a catch-all – of junk that is! There are a few useful things in there, like an obscene amount of crafting materials!

Game Room Before 2

My goal is similar to that of my first ORC – to create a more functional space that our whole family can enjoy.

Game Room Before 3

And so the challenge becomes apparent! With all of my 13’x21′ space I must overhaul our bonus room within the following criteria:

  1. An area the whole family can enjoy.
  2. Includes our buried pool table, a media area, and an area to house crafting supplies
  3. Carve out a comfy place for an occasional guest to sleep
  4. Must have: a teeny bit of Art Noveau flare

A piece of cake, right?

So how my going to accomplish all of this? Well, for that answer, you’re going to have to stop by next week. For now, here is a bit of a sneak peek of some of the ideas I’ve been having!


Rec Room Plan - with yellow sofa
Option 1


Rec Room Plan - Plan B
Option 2
Rec Room Plan - Option 3
Option 3

Let the games begin! I’M SO EXCITED!

Update: Wondering where to start? The best place is always the beginning!


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