Choosing and Hanging Wallpaper with Graham & Brown


If you are anything like me, for years we’ve been taught that wallpaper is terrible. Bloggers and friends have told tales of the horrors of removing wallpaper from homes. They steamed, scraped and made drywall repairs as I sat and listened to (or read) their stories and swore up and down I’d never have a house with wallpaper. When wallpaper started reappearing on the blog scene I cringed. I often questioned why on earth someone would wallpaper?! Did they not remember the horror stories?! How did this come back?! Then, I started seeing rooms with wallpaper and liking it. My specific turning point was when I say a powder room makeover from Emily at Go Haus Go. She used this absolutely AMAZING ostrich wallpaper and I was in love. 

As wallpaper has really started trending back in, I’ve realized that I love bold or quirky patterns. If you’re going to use wallpaper, it better make a huge impact (in my opinion). But, as much as I loved it in other people’s spaces, I was still so afraid to use it in my own home. Enter Graham & Brown. They supplied me with some of their wallpaper to try to conquer my fears. I chose a bold pattern (Boheme Jade), but decided to test things out in an inconspicuous space, aka the closet. I figured, worst case scenario, I hate it and can just take it down or ignore it. As I mentioned in my last post, Jesse is still very anti-wallpaper. This means that I was on my own for hanging it. 

Luckily for me, the wallpaper I selected was paste the wall wallpaper. I had ZERO idea what this meant, but Graham & Brown has several tutorials and FAQ’s on their site for a novice like myself. I learned that paste the wall is an easier way to hang wallpaper because the paste is applied directly to the wall (duh) like paint. Then you apply the wallpaper over the paste. It was also very simple to adjust the paper on the wall this way. I hung the wallpaper totally solo, but it definitely would have been a little easier if I had an extra set of hands. Including prep time, it only took me 2 hours to hang my wallpaper. This may seem like a long time, but I thought it was super short considering I had never touched wallpaper before. Here’s a little video tutorial.

The other great thing about paste the wall wallpaper is that removal is supposed to be super easy. Apparently, it should just peel off the wall with little to no damage to be prepared. This will come in handy if Jesse makes me take it down. I have five months for him to get used to it and if he still really hates it, then I will take it down. Afterall, it’s his closet too and marriage involves compromise sometimes. I’m hoping he comes around though. He already seems a little less hostile towards it haha. 

I would say that the hardest part about wallpapering is choosing your wallpaper. There are so many amazing options out there! Graham & Brown has so many different patterns and colors to choose from. It helped that I knew I wanted a floral pattern, definitely narrowed things down! The great thing is that they have samples available! A small sample is only $2 and shipping is free! Definitely helps narrow down all of the options. Especially if you’re indecisive like me…

Don’t forget that it’s International Wallpaper Week! You can still get up to 35% off through Sunday from Graham & Brown.

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