It’s always been important to me that my children truly think of where we live as home; a place where they can relax and feel safe. Just as important is that their rooms are reflective of who they are as individuals and are a personal oasis when they need to get away. And so it only made sense when we moved, some of the first projects would be their bedrooms.
Right now, all three bedrooms are works in various stages of progress. The most complete of these rooms is Chrissy’s. She’s a light fixture and a few decorations away from sheer perfection . . . with the exception of her wallpaper.
It is the bane of my existence, peeling in a few spots and in others, threatening to fall off the wall altogether. Not quite sure as to why it’s only occurring in a few areas, but needless to say, I could not avoid it much longer. I need to complete this room. Here’s the thing: I’ve never wallpapered anything in my life. I have a healthy fear of and respect for wallpapering, so much so that we hired someone to install this for us. There’s something about aligning the pattern perfectly, without bubbles or tears, that scares me. I know, usually I go for it, but understand that only applies when I’m fairly certain I’ll be successful. If the odds are stocked against me, I’m happy to pay the professionals, which is what we did for the initial installation. But not this time.
This time, it was all me.
I read a few articles, watched a video or two and felt fairly confident I could make the necessary repairs. My next step was gathering the materials.
There wasn’t a great deal required 1) a sponge, 2) smoother, 3) small brush, and 4) seam repair glue.
Now it was time to work. Gently peeling back the loose paper, I squeezed the seam repair onto the wall, careful not to use too much. Once I had a section complete I smoothed it with my hand, then followed-up with the smoother to ensure no wrinkles or bubbles were present. In some spots if a little more glue was needed, I used the brush to spread the glue. My last step was to use a damp sponge and wipe away any residual glue. Not bad.
Okay, so that was relatively painless. Not perfect, but presentable. Confident, I headed to the opposite wall. Now the repair on this wall was larger, I knew, but what I hadn’t realized was just how large. It was humongous. The little tube of seam repair I had would definitely not be enough so I headed to Sherwin Williams and picked up a small container of wallpaper adhesive. Armed with the same tools, I went about the work of slathering adhesive on the wall with the paintbrush and aligning the wallpaper . . . but it didn’t quite fit. My seams weren’t connecting and the spacing on either side was way too obvious. I tugged ever so lightly, trying to pull some paper that was behind the vent cover when this happened:
I think I stared at that hole for five minutes digesting exactly what happened. I thought about my options and in my mind there was only one real solution. I’d have to replace the entire panel. Sure I could patch the hole, or replace only a portion of the panel, but because I was already unhappy with the alignment, I figured this would be a way to remedy both problems. And so before I could talk myself out of it, I ripped the panel down.
This is where you’d think it gets exciting. It doesn’t. I knew there was extra wallpaper in the garage, so no stress there. The rest was actually manageable. I used a similar process as with the smaller repair, only this was a large panel. The end result was gratifying.
My final step was to cut the whole for the vent and rehang it. Here’s the finished product.
And there you have it. I may not be an expert, but I do think the next wallpapering job that needs to be done in the house will be completed by me . . . and Kevin . . . but mostly me, because in comparison to him, I am an expert. Can you believe he’s never hung wallpaper? 😉