The 24th January marked my nine year anniversary of being in my lovely house. Nine years of constantly being unable to decide on a colour scheme, or a theme for each room. My two bedroom house is quite reasonable in size but it seriously has given my stress over the years when it comes to styling and decorating. So much so, that my second bedroom has literally become a dumping ground for shoes and clothes, and although there is a spare bed in there, it was basically used as a bed-drobe. I needed to bring the love the back and turn this waste of space into a tranquil room that would be suitable for having guests to stay as well as giving me an area when I could possibly utilise it as a relaxing blogging space, and in the future as a You Tube filming area.
As a single lady, I’ve got used to doing small home improvements but the thought of wallpapering a room filled me with dread. I knew that I had to get in some help, in the form of my friend for hanging the wallpaper, but the rest of the room I tackled logically. After clearing as much of the room as possible, and shrinking my wardobe down to a more manageable size, I set about scrubbing the room with sugar soap to get it as clean as possible. Nine years of being unloved had really set in there. Things like the skirting boards and window ledge were needing some TLC, as they had never been touched since I moved in. A fresh coat of gloss paint made the world of difference, whilst a lick of magnolia across the walls that weren’t being papered brightened it up dramatically.
On the wall that was being papered, I could see just from looking that the wall sloped to the left hand side which in a normal wallpaper hanging situation a plump line would help to get the wallpaper straight. Luckily for me, the wall was already papered with lining paper that was level, and made a huge difference in the papering processing. The only tools that I needed were a pair of step ladders, a table to paste on, paste, a pasting brush and a wooden spoon, scissors, a seam roller and a brush to sweep the bubbles from the paper. I set a whole day to paper one wall as I was really unsure of how it would go.
The paper that I chose was the Inspired Wallpapers Vintage Lace Rose Gold Damask wallpaper from Crown. At £9.99 per roll, its a really good quality paper, and looks a lot more expensive that it cost. I selected three rolls for the one wall, however in total only one drop from the third roll was used, leaving plenty over in case I decided to paper another smaller wall.
Hanging the first piece took the most concentration, mainly because it was the first piece and we wanted to be spot on with the hanging. The first piece was in the centre of the wall, and from there I worked in towards the window and then back out towards the left hand side and into the corner. In total, between the two of us working together, we completed the wall in under three hours, with a break halfway through for bacon butties and tea. I don’t think I would do anything differently next time, except for not papering the top and bottom where the creases were as they did slightly stick to the skirt and the ceiling. Matching the joins was quite easy and actually quite enjoyable. A bit like a giant paper jigsaw, I worried more about getting a smooth seam and matching join, and it’s come out beautifully. The wall underneath could have been re-plastered for a smoother finish but for an instant revamp, I’m so happy with the outcome.
As I’ve redecorated the wall, of course I had to restyle the room. Once all my new furniture arrives and is in place, I’ll be updating the blog on how I’ve created a relaxing space that is so on trend that it hurts.
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