Tips For Hanging Wallpaper With Paste

Wondering a fun way to spice up your home and bring a little more adventure to it?!?!? How about a fun wallpaper mural to add to the space! Come join us today as we share our new jungle inspired entertainment room + share tips and tricks for putting up your own wallpaper!

Wallpaper Weekend

This past weekend Jake and I had so much fun putting up our new wallpaper from Photowall! It went surprisingly fast getting it all up and I LOVE how it all turned out!

When we moved into our new house, Jake said that he didn’t want to do any wallpaper in this home. In our last house he did 11 walls of wallpaper….so I guess that is understandable 🙂 Well…… I was looking online at Photowall’s selection and I saw this jungle mountain landscape wallpaper. I thought it was sooo neat and cool! It looked like something out of an Epcot ride and I just knew it was “the one.” I showed it to Jake and he looked at me and said, “you should buy that right now!” hahaha I guess he was sold right away! I seriously have never seen him so excited for a house project.

Once we ordered the wallpaper, it shipped so quickly (all the way from Sweden!). Jake was tracking the wallpaper and planned for the day it arrived to start prepping the walls! He was soooo excited for the wallpaper and couldn’t wait to get it on the walls! (Jake even ordered himself a dinosaur mural for his music room, pictured below).

With the quarantine going on right now, this wallpaper mural is just what we needed! We travel quite a bit, and not going on out any adventures lately, we realized we needed to bring the adventure home! Our last house we lived in we worked with the builder to customize everything. The home we are in now was a spec home, so we are slowly adding ways to personalize it to us. I am a huge fan of using wallpaper to spice up a space and make a space feel like you!

Tips For Putting Up Traditional Wallpaper

After installing over 10 walls of wallpaper, Jake put together some tips and tricks to make sure you have a successful time putting up your wallpaper!

Have all your supplies ready to go before you mix your paste.

Photowall is super cool because when you buy your wallpaper you can also purchase a kit for $18.00 (an awesome price for everything it includes). The kit includes most of the needed supplies to hang your paper. The wallpaper comes with glue/paste but you’ll also want a brush for applying glue, a seam roller for making the seams invisible, a paperhanging brush for smoothing the strips, a knife and cutting guide for trimming excess wallpaper, plus a bubble level, a pencil and a tape measure.

We would also add to that list a bucket to mix the paste/glue, a large paint rolling brush, stirring stick and paint tray to pour the glue in. Have all of these items out and ready to go before you mix your glue!

Slowly pour in the paste to the warm water to avoid lumps.

With your paste make sure to check out the instructions for it on water ratio. Typically paste will use warm water. As you pour the paste into the water, make sure to stir as you go and slowly add in the mixture. If you dump in all the paste at once you will get giant clumps and it will be hard to work with!

Try and get everything done in one day.

It’s best to get your wallpaper project done in one day. If you are doing a few walls, focus on one and complete it before moving onto the next. This way you don’t have to mix paste again,

Have an assistant close by who can help line up the wallpaper.

It’s handy to have a helper close by who can help line up the wallpaper when hanging it. Jake has been awesome and always does all the wallpaper by himself but I try to be close by to help out when needed.

Have a few damp rags around to help wipe up excess paste.

Most likely you will get paste on your hands, on side boards, etc. Any excess glue also can squeeze out when you push the wallpaper down. It’s nice to have a damp rag around to wipe your hands or excess glue!

Take the time to cover outlet covers and light switch covers.

This is one detail my mom always said to do with our wallpaper. It really takes the wallpaper up a notch and makes it look more professional. Yes it takes some time, but it’s totally worth it! If you don’t know how to do this, find some youtube video tutorials to help out! Once you do one, the rest go a little quicker. (Can you spot the light switch and outlet in the photo below?)

Where Should I Order Wallpaper From?

Alright…this is the real question!?!?! We have ordered wallpaper from a ton of different places over the years. If you are looking to do traditional wallpaper, I can’t recommend Photowall enough! We have beens super impressed with these two wallpapers we ordered from them. The paper is thick, easy to install, the colors print out gorgeous, fast free shipping, and the online selection is AMAZING!! And if you have a picture of your own you love, you can even get it turned into a wallpaper! There is a huge selection of patterned prints, murals, and so much more!

If you are looking for a fun wallpaper to spice up your space, Photowall was so awesome and gave us a 25% off code we could share with all our friends and readers! Use code “kelseybang25” for 25% off your entire purchase! Code is good till June 16th, 2020.

What kind of wallpaper pattern would you pick for your home?! We would love to hear all about it in the comments below! Thanks for stopping by today!

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5 Comments
  • Elizabeth Walker
    May 23, 2020

    What a true bliss! Lovely family!
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  • Gata Collins
    May 23, 2020

    Such a happy family!
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  • Mica
    June 6, 2020

    Oh wow! This looks so good! It must have taken a lot of time and patience to hang it all up and align it all but it looks great, it’s a really fun result! 🙂

    Hope you are having a lovely weekend! We had a (small due to restrictions) party for my son’s birthday yesterday, it was really fun 🙂

  • Derick Marwin
    July 1, 2020

    I have hung wallpaper in my home successfully for 25 years. As a matter of fact, just last month I hung a wallpaper border in my laundry room.

    First, be sure the walls are clean and free of dust and grease. This would be a good time to paint the ceiling if the border is being installed at the top of the wall’s edge. If the room is freshly painted, allow at least 12 hours for the paint to cure. If the wallboard is new, please prime so when the border is removed in the future, you will not give yourself a major headache when the paper pulls the wallboard apart.

    • Kelsey Bang
      July 1, 2020

      oh Derick, this is fantastic!! Thank you so much for sharing! You rock!

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