How to Install Peel and Stick Wallpaper in a Half Bathroom

How to install peel and stick wallpaper in a half bathroom.  I have joined the wallpaper club.  This new peel and stick wallpaper is amazing.  It's easy enough to install with no mess.  It goes on easy and when you're tired of it, it can be taken down fast and mess free. Leaving a wall that doesn't need cleaned up to enjoy.

The uninspiring wall that will soon be pretty

This uninspiring wall that will soon look so pretty.

It is going to look so good with the beadboard and baseboard inspired modern crown moulding.  You can check out the ceiling installation here.  

What to buy

Buying the peel and stick wallpaper is a fun adventure.  There are so many brands and styles available.  It's a fun creative process deciding on the design you are want.  Choosing the design will greatly effect the look of the space.

The cute peel and stick wallpaper pattern I chose.

The cute peel and stick pattern I chose.

I found this cute pattern  at Lowe's.  It is from the Scott Brother's line. Do you know Drew and Jonathan Scott from the show Property Brothers.  They have other shows but this is the one I've seen the most.  Anyway there are a few options in store but a never ending amount of choices online.

What to do Next

I think picking a pattern or design is almost more tricky then getting it hung.  Unless you're one of those people who knows exactly what they want and not worried about budget.  I usually know if I like something or not but the final decisions can be a little difficult.

But because it is peel and stick you don't have to stress too much about it.  It's mess free going up and taking it down.  It wont damage your walls or leave a sticky mess in your home.

Starting the Installation

Because this was our first time installing peel and stick wall paper I read the instructions carefully to get an idea about how it works.  The directions are great but we each do things a little differently.  There were a couple instructions that did not work for me, or I wasn't understanding what it was wanting me to do.  With this pattern we were not able to overlap it like it suggested.  If we would have overlapped it the pattern would have been off.  They also suggested marking the wall to get it going straight.  But marking it a bit smaller then the actual width, which didn't make sense to me.  One final piece of direction was how much backing to pull off as you worked your way down the wall.  It worked better for us to pull more off then suggested.  We were working in a tight space so I don't know if that made the difference or not.  

Starting the Peel and Stick Wallpaper Installation

Starting the Peel and Stick Wallpaper Installation

Getting the Hang Of It

It does take a little getting used to but once you get the hang of it, it installs easy enough.  Monte and I worked together because this was our first time installing the peel and stick wallpaper but it can be done by one person.  The hardest part is making sure your running straight.  You don't want to trust your walls because chances are they aren't square.  You will want to use a level.  Doing the whole length of wall was a little harder then if you were doing a shorter space.  I did have the wallpaper sticking to itself a couple times but we were able to get it unstuck and still usable. 

It is really just a learning process that goes a lot smoother once you've worked with it for a while and figuring out what works best for you.  We all have our own way of doing things, there isn't a right and wrong.  If only pulling off a little of the backing at a time works best for you then do it that way.  But for us it definitely worked better to pull off more then instructed.

The Key to Making it Look Good

I purchased a little installation kit with the wallpaper.  This included a knife to cut the top bottom and edges and a smoothing tool.  This smoothing tool works wonders.  You will smooth as you go down the wall.  Pulling off a few feet of backing along the way.  It worked better for us to pull a little more backing off then the instructions say but we'd just smooth and smooth.  If for some reason it isn't working great just pull it off the wall and try again.

Peel and stick wallpaper installation

Installing the peel and stick wallpaper

For each new piece you install you'll want to carefully line up your pattern at the top.  There were be a little waste but lining up the pattern is key.  The pattern will repeat itself often so you just line it up and go from there.  Depending on the length of the space you're working with will factor how much waste you have. Our ceilings are 10'.  I think the rolls I bought are designed for 8' celings, normally a rolls of wallpaper would do two lengths but we were only able to get one out of it.  After lining up the pattern we were short to finish the second length.  I have a lot of waste.  In hind site I should of searched for longer rolls online.  Not sure if they're available but would be worth it if they are.  I didn't want to have horizontal seams.  

Figuring Out the Final Piece

The final piece to be installed was pretty narrow.  If you are rounding the corner you would press it into the edge and carry on.  Since we were doing an accent wall we were cutting it to fit.  We decided it would be much easier to cut it on the floor then try and deal with it on the wall.  We measured the width we would need and cut it a fraction wider just to be safe.

Cutting the final piece

Cutting the final piece.

I just measured what I needed, used a long level to get a straight line they my decently sharp scissors to cut it.

It Adds So Much to This Space

Looks so Pretty

Looks so Pretty

I love the drama that is added to this small half bathroom.  The color works perfect in here and the pattern is the perfect amount of business.

A beautiful space

A beautiful space

Adding the peel and stick wallpaper created such a beautiful space.  It adds warmth and charm and makes it unique.  The best part is when I get tired of it I can take it down and do something different without my walls being damaged.

Decor to the Door  

If you love beautiful decor check out my shop and see whats NEW.  This cute shelf in the half bathroom is a great place for some pretty decor.

Pretty space with pretty decor

You can do fun seasonal decor or neutral pieces that will carry you through season after season.