Wallpaper: It’s Not So Bad After All

wallpapering the hallway

 It is done.  I lived through the wallpapering.  Below is the before of the hallway … dark coffee colored walls and trim … making this small space look even smaller.

Before Wallpaper

First, I started with the trim.  I gave it a fresh coat of Benjamin Moore Regal Select in White Dove.  It immediately brightened up the room and made it feel bigger.  The next day was wallpapering day and I thought of every excuse as to why I shouldn’t start this project.  Finally, it was getting to be 2:00 in the afternoon, and I couldn’t think of any more excuses.  I had to dive into the deep, dark, cold waters of wallpapering.  At least that was how I remembered it.

 I haven’t had a lot of experience wallpapering, but the few times I’ve attempted it, there were always problems.  One time, years ago, a good friend of mine helped me wallpaper a room.  When we were all done, we decided to take a break.  When we came back to the room 15 minutes later to admire our work, and all the paper was on the floor.  It had just rolled off the walls and onto the floor.  I guess we needed to size the walls.  My friend even helped me put it back up.  Now, that is a good friend.

wallpapering the hallway: At Home on the Bay

   This Painted Tulip wallpaper by Over and Over boasted that it had SureStrip technology.  SureStrip backed wallpaper claims to be the world’s easiest wallpaper.  It uses words like revolutionary and environmentally friendly in it’s description, and says it’s new adhesive technology made it easy to install with no “booking” required.  I was a sceptic.  But I can attest to it’s claims.  They are true.  It was the easiest wallpaper I have ever installed.  There weren’t any air bubbles to deal with either.  I’m guessing because it is a vinyl free, breathable wallpaper.

At Home on the Bay: Hallway Wallpaper

There was one more claim it made.  It claims to be easily removable … that it will come off  in strips … no tools necessary, and the removal process will not damage the walls, but I won’t be able to attest to that claim for a while.  I really like how it looks.

I’ll be showing you how I made a school house light for less next time.

In case you are wondering where I’ve been, my computer has been having some issues and it has been down since Saturday, so it has been really hard to post, but it should be fixed this weekend, so that I can get back to a regular posting schedule.

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  1. Barbara (WA) says

    Your wall paper and freshly painted trim look wonderful!! Hmmm, those claims by the company are interesting. I have never never ever ever wanted to deal with putting up or taking down wallpaper again in my life but now I have second thoughts. . . :)

  2. says

    Wow! What a difference the wallpaper has made in your entry. I love it. I have always heard that if you wallpaper a small room with a large print the room will appear bigger. It looks really pretty Mary and I hope it’s everything the company says it is. Pamela

  3. Cindy says

    Another gorgeous project!! I have never done wallpaper before, but your results are truly stunning!

  4. says

    Hi Mary,

    The wallpaper looks absolutely beautiful! The entrance says, “Come in! Sit down and stay a while!”. Fresh and inviting, a great job!


  5. Terri says

    I hate wallpaper in general because it is the pits to remove unless applied properly. Having said that, your choice of wallpaper was lovely. That entry is certainly much more inviting.

  6. says

    I love it!!! Your entry hall has gone from the winter doldrums to a spring day! It makes me want to wallpaper again, even though I’ve spent the last few years removing the 80’s “unfriendly” wallpaper (courtesy of previous owner) from our walls.

    I can’t wait to see the rest!

  7. Margo says

    I haven’t considered wallpaper as a decorating option in years. After seeing this transformation my wheels are spinning. I love the pattern you chose…it’s fresh and pretty!

  8. says

    I love the pattern you chose, beautiful! I installed a simple border in a small room long time ago, it was so much trouble I promise never to install wallpaper again! Maybe I should consider it again!

  9. says

    This is gorgeous, can’t wait to see the whole space! I love wallpaper, but get tired of pattern quickly. this sounds like the way to go though. hanging and removing are huge obstacles for me.

  10. says

    I really love this, Mary! The paper really livens up the space in a way that paint wouldn’t, and it’s a lovely pattern. I have never tried to do wallpaper myself, I think you are brave!! And I’ve been hesitant to use it after all of the trouble we have had taking it down. It’s nice to know there are papers that come down easily. Again, I really love what you’ve done!


  11. says

    This post was timely! I just toured the York Factory in Pennsylvania and it seems like all of the designers and marketing professionals there are really excited about the SureStrip technology. One of the managers said to me that she thinks it will revolutionize the wallpaper industry in the US as we know it. The main premise behind it: when you want to remove your wallpaper it easily comes off in full sheets. This is meant to eliminate the time it takes (days) to remove wallpaper off your walls when you want to change them. If they market this technology the correct way I don’t see why thousands of people who don’t like wallpaper because of the removal process would not be open to using it now.