Tips For Hanging Peel and Stick Wallpaper… there were some bumps (literally and figuratively) along the way, but our trials and tribulations are your gain!

For this project, we’re going back to our bedroom (in a PG kind of way!), because when we last left this room it was freshly painted, except for one of the walls. ↓ Master Bedroom Renovation 6As a quick refresher, here’s how the room looked before we started any of the remodel projects. ↓Master Bedroom Before 3Now though, the brown wall – the one our bed still rests against – is covered in wallpaper. But not the early 90’s floral style you might be thinking of – no, this is totally trendy. 😉

Best part is, it’s peel and stick, so if/when we decide we don’t like it anymore, we can easily remove it.

For those unfamiliar, peel and stick wallpaper means it comes with self-adhesive backing, unlike traditional wallpaper. 

As for applying it – well, that wasn’t always so easy – here’s what we learned:

First and foremost, make sure you buy the correct lot numbers. Trust me on this one. The wallpaper comes in rolls and depending on the size of your wall, you’ll likely need several rolls. We used three rolls. Hanging Wallpaper 13Turns out it says it right on the package – at least, for the brand we used – but we didn’t pay close attention to that fact, which led us to hanging two entire rolls before we realized the color was slightly off. It also led to an exhaustive search of several area Targets (I think 5 to be exact) to get a correct amount of the same lot numbers.

Before you start, clean your wall or walls of any dust or dirt. You might not notice it everyday, but walls can be dirty! Warning: graphic image below. :)We used a Magic Eraser, and as you can probably tell, it worked. Hanging Wallpaper 2If you’re applying wallpaper in an older home, much like ours, don’t assume your wall or ceiling lines are square. Hanging Wallpaper 16What does that mean? For our room, it meant measuring each panel (one roll, got us two vertical panels) longer than the vertical length of the wall. Once the panel was applied to the wall, we cut off the excess paper with a utility knife at the baseboard of the wall. This helped create a look of even lines. Hanging Wallpaper 8For us, it also meant overlapping the corner panels against the adjacent wall, and again taking a utility knife to cut a straight line using the crease of the corner as a guide.

For this room, we actually did both corner panels first and worked our way across the center of the wall.

Try your hardest to exercise patience when applying the wallpaper. I’m not joking about this one, this is a tip that came straight from Jeff! Hanging Wallpaper 9At times, applying the wallpaper can be extremely frustrating to apply, because air bubbles and creases will pop up as you go, but Jeff says to go very slow as you remove the paper backing on each panel and start to stick it to the wall. When removing the paper backing, do so as you go down the wall, not all at once. Additionally, be sure – simply using your hands – to carefully smooth out the bubbles and creases as you go.

After you’ve applied each panel, use a plastic puddy knife – plastic will keep it from scratching the wall – to help smooth out the wallpaper.

Lastly, and this will be necessary if you have uneven walls, fill in possible gaps between the wallpaper and ceiling, or adjacent wall with a paint (for us, the same paint as the ceiling and wall) and a small brush. Hanging Wallpaper 14Finally, step back and admire your work! ↓ Hanging Wallpaper Before and AfterRemember, every wall and home is different, so what worked for us might not work best for you. Additionally, we chose a wallpaper without a pattern, so we had the luxury of not having to worry about perfectly matching up the patterns between panels. Peel and Stick WallpaperWe love the way it turned out, it was our little “daring” pop of color. Just living life on the wild side over here. 🙂

We still have a lot of decorating to do, so this room is far from complete!

P.S. Headboard, mirror and side tables came from Wayfair, and the lamps from West Elm.

P.P.S. any lingering questions? Feel free to leave them in the comments section below!

9 Comments

9 Comments on Tips for Hanging Peel and Stick Wallpaper…

  1. Jen
    January 21, 2016 at 9:23 am (1 year ago)

    I’m looking for a solution to my issue at home and wondering if this will solve it. We have a very old home w plaster wallpaper board in the dining room. Do you think I can just wallpaper w this peel and stick over that. I don’t want to have to redo all the walls in the room.

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    • Anamarie @ Less Than Average Height
      January 21, 2016 at 11:01 am (1 year ago)

      Hi Jen! That’s a great question. I consulted with my husband and he said it’s certainly worth a shot and thinks it should work. The peel & stick wallpaper is fairly cheap and easy to apply, so even if you decide you don’t like it, you can easily remove it!

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  2. Linda
    April 2, 2016 at 11:01 pm (1 year ago)

    Thanks Anamarie for your advise !! You two are just to cute !!! 😊

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  3. Rachel
    October 26, 2016 at 9:41 pm (6 months ago)

    I’m planning to apply this over a wood paneled fireplace. Do you think I should prime it first to even out the fake wood grains? And how should I cut it around the mantel? While it’s hanging? Thanks!

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  4. Jen
    December 15, 2016 at 6:31 pm (4 months ago)

    When I put it on the wall it does not stay up. The next day it was off the wall how do I keep it up on the wall?

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    • Anamarie @ Less Than Average Height
      December 21, 2016 at 11:04 am (4 months ago)

      Hi Jen! Apologies for the delay in getting back to you! In our experience, making sure we had a really clean wall with all the dust off was an important factor in getting the wallpaper to stick. We’ve only used the Horizon and Karat brand from Target, so unfortunately I can’t speak to other brands, but we’ve had great luck with that wallpaper thus far.

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  5. Chardae
    February 14, 2017 at 11:44 pm (2 months ago)

    I have applied my wallpaper but it won’t stay on….what can I do to keep it on the wall? Its the brand from Target.

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  6. Ann
    March 5, 2017 at 12:31 am (2 months ago)

    I can’t truly tell from the pictures, but did you have to prime over the holes you patched before applying the P & S? Just wondering as normal wallpaper application they advise to prime the wall first so hoping that the extra expense of the p & s paper means that I wouldn’t have to…

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