I’ve loved wallpaper ever since I can remember. While most kids on Friday afternoons were making plans on the playground to meet up at DiscoveryZone, I was daydreaming about the hours I’d be spending at the wallpaper store come Saturday with my Mom. My love for everything eclectic definitely comes from her, as does my love of wall coverings.
I’d say I’m very fortunate when it comes to having a handy husband, but wallpaper was where he drew the line. He knew his talents in the workshop far outweighed his patience with trying to maneuver around our dining area and line up wallpaper according to my ever-so-picky eye. After a recent move I was up late one night just staring at all the blank beige walls that surrounded me. Our old home was a much more open floor plan, which was the perfect excuse not to wallpaper. When we moved my husband finally caved and agreed to wallpaper and hiring an install team to hang it just right.
For those of you who know me personally, through the shop or otherwise, you know how frugal I can be. After doing much research and spending way too much time looking at countless wall covering options I finally decided that one thing was for certain; I couldn’t decide which one. That’s what initially led me to grasscloth. And I’m here to tell you, there are TONS of options out there for this option too. I decided, since I wasn’t sure what type of dining room table we’d be building yet for our new space, to simply go with a light color grasscloth. I ended up being SO happy with this choice and, ultimately, it made the install much easier too since the wall color was similar to the grasscloth color I’d chosen.
As I previously mentioned, I’m not one for deciding. So as fate would have it last Sunday afternoon while running errands I quickly ran in to our local Pottery Barn outlet store and there on the shelf were 5 rolls of Tempaper Textured Grasscloth in the color Sand. While these can be rather pricy, I was lucky enough to score each role at 60% off which made this DIY project that much sweeter!
Let me say this: Although my love of wallpaper goes WAY back, my love or knowledge of actually hanging any type of wall covering was WAY limited. Which brings me to the best part yet…y’all this stuff was AMAZING!! I kept waiting to make mistakes and for this to end up being a big DIY no-no, and it turned out every bit as amazing as I’d imagined in my mind…even a little more if I’m telling the truth. And EASY!! Wait… it’s about to get even better. This product is removable and damage free…for real. If you don’t like it or you change your mind or your décor a month or a year from now…it’ll come right off! Seriously, how is everyone not using this!?!
Here’s what I used to complete my look:
-Tempaper Brand Textured Removable Wallpaper in Color Sand- I used 5 rolls to complete my dining room.
-A plastic spatula, seriously, I found this in my hubby’s tool box and it worked like magic!
-A razor blade
-A tape measure
I can’t believe that’s all it took either! I first measured the length I’d need starting at the ceiling and ending where our wainscoting begins. I gave myself about 1inch to much on both the top and bottom. This allowed for plenty of room to line it up nicely, and easily. There are two tips I have and they proved to work wonders with this. Overlay, Overlay, Overlay…that’s how I was able make this seamless and have it line up literally perfectly. It also allowed there to be breathing room if you will for air pockets. (Although, this product was so easy to use I found I had very little of that problem when I applied it simply starting from top to bottom with the plastic spatula.
My second tip is this: don’t cut the width of the roll. This was especially important for this type of wall covering. I didn’t want any appearance of uneven lines. Although this isn’t true “Grasscloth”, it is textured to look and feel just like the real thing. One thing that always bugged me about the real thing was the unevenness of the color variations. We have a lot of light in our dining room and I knew I’d end up hating it if it were uneven or different colors between panels. This again was another reason I can’t say enough good things about Tempaper, it was so easy and there were times I had to peel it up to lay it just right and it was easy to peel, line up, and smooth out.
After you have it lined up just use your razor knife to follow the molding or the edge of the walls. I was fortunate that we have molding and trim so it was simple to keep a straight edge.
And y’all that’s it! Again, super easy! I honestly cannot believe I waited so long to embark on the adventures of wall covering. This is an easy, quick solution to add a touch of elegance to any room. All in all, I am in love with the way this room turned out. It’s seamless, looks and feels just like grasscloth, I installed it myself, and when I’m ready for something different, it’s easy and damage-free to remove! Email me or stop by the shop for any questions you may have, I’m more than happy to help! May the wall covering adventures that await you be filled with texture, color, and ease! xo- SB