April 4, 2011

How to Hang Beadboard Wallpaper

{An easy backsplash idea}

I was very nervous to start this project......I really was indecisive about whether or not I would like the beadboard....would it be yet "another color" in the kitchen to match?.....would it be a hard project?.......did I really know how to hang wallpaper on my own??....didn't I vow to myself to never again use wallpaper???  (I drive myself CRAZY with decision making!)

One Saturday morning, my hubby had our kids at the AWANA games and I just decided to go for it.....to take the risk.....afterall, the entire roll only cost $16!

I am SOOOO glad that I did because hanging beadboard wallpaper was a SUPER easy job and I just LOVE it!!  My kids were amazed by the progress I would make in only an hour's time!

Unfortunately, while I was hanging the wallpaper, the stabilizer on my camera was turned off so EVERY picture was blurry.....I'm going to do my best to recreate the scene!

First, pick a starting point.  I decided to paper to the door so that was my starting point.   I also had an easy break at the window! (Please ignore the blurry, it looks like a 2-year old-took-the-shot picture!)

I decided how high on the wall I wanted the paper to go and I used a little level and drew a level line.  The big thing about wallpaper is that the first piece HAS GOT TO BE STRAIGHT!  Otherwise, it just continues to get "out of plumb."  (I think that is the official way to say it just gets more and more crooked!)

I lined my piece up with the framing around the door.  I figured that since the contractors put that in, it should be straight. (HA!)

I was careful to use my husband's T-square to make all of my paper cuts so that I was working with straight lines.

As I worked my way around, I had some issues......I wasn't worried because I knew that I was going to cover that with trim. 

See.....all gone!

A $2.00 piece of foam trim took care of that problem!

Make sure that you pay attention to the "top" and the "bottom" of the wallpaper.  The right and left side look different to help you line the ends up.  I almost hung a piece upside-down!

Right now, the seam is a little more noticeable because there's orange paint underneath it....I've yet to actually paint the wallpaper....which you are supposed to do!

I topped the wallpaper off with some foam chair rail.  Truly, the stuff costs about $8.00 for an 8 foot section, but mine was all scrap that I had leftover from my Fake Wainscoating Project!

Overall, I couldn't be more pleased! 

Beadboard wallpaper looks real....it's easy to hang....and it's super cheap!  I'm thinking of putting it on the bottom of my daughter's room........hmmm, will that be my next room overhaul???  


Holly @ Roller Coaster Life said...

Looks great! I love it! Brings some freshness in there!

amber said...

That wallpaper is the coolest! Love it! It looks great!

Rona's Home Page said...

I love the curtains!

Just Jaime said...

Only $16 for the roll? NICE!

Finger Click Saver said...

Hello, new follower from Thrifty Thursday Hop. I love the bead board. I put bead board in my bathroom but would really like the wall paper in my living/dining room...only b/c I like to change things way too often. Anyway, stop by when you can. Sue... www.fingerclicksaver.com

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