I decided the first project I needed to complete would have to be my closet. It was in rough shape and it needed to be cleaned up before my clothes could be put away, so it was a necessary choice. I also wanted to try my hand at wall paper so a closet was a safe place to start.
The previous owner had already installed a Rubbermaid closet system and since it was in good condition I decided to keep it. The first order of business however was redoing some of the drywall taping and mudding on the ceiling and walls that was not done correctly. This is something we’ll need to do a lot in this house.
I purchased the wallpaper from Home Depot along with all of the supplies. (Lists and links are below). Once I had the walls and ceiling fixed up, and the walls were clean and smooth, I applied 2 coats of size to the walls. I did not use a lining paper first and am happy with the final results so I’d say this would be a decision you’d need to make based on your own preference. It really didn’t seem necessary as the wallpaper I chose was textured and quite thick. I had set up my folding table upstairs in the bedroom to make it easier for measuring and cutting the wallpaper, then let loose!
It’s important to start by picking where on the wall you should hang the first sheet and depending on the pattern on your wallpaper where to start your first cuts. Depending on the pattern, you may need to trim some paper at the top of the roll. Always add 100 mm to each section you cut to allow for final trimming. Getting the measurements right and starting each cut at the right point in the pattern was the hardest part of the process. The Graham and Brown paper is used was not prepasted so I needed to use a brush to apply the adhesive paste to the paper. I actually found working with this a lot easier than I thought it would be. I expected a mess everywhere and that it would be harder to position the paper on the wall and align it but am quite impressed it really wasn’t that difficult!
The most difficult area to work with was the internal corners. the sources I learned from encouraged using off-cuts and overlapping and these techniques definitely work well but it’s still very difficult to get a crisp corner and keep the paper aligned. The final corner I did took a few tries to get it right.
The other challenging area was the hatch to the attic. I measured where the edges of the hatch were. I then papered right over the hatch and measured the wall to find my starting points and used a knife to cut the outline of the hatch.
Overall, I’m really satisfied with my results. It is a slow process for a first timer, but was still complete in a day. One tip I don’t want to miss. Make sure you know how many rolls you will need. It’s important you check the batch numbers when buying your rolls so you get the same colour on every roll. There can be slight variations every time the manufacturer runs a new batch. I would buy an extra roll in the future to ensure I’m not having to run back out and not be able to get the same batch.
For the closet system, I added a drawer, shifted the shoe shelves upwards and reinstalled the hanger rod as it was not properly secured to the wall. I also added top shelves and trim to give the unit a more custom look.
In the pictures you’ll notice a black and white damask board with jewellery hanging. This is a project I had done previously using a cork board and fabric and I used it to organize and display some of my costume jewellery.
I truly love the finished look, but still looking for the right runner for the space and May switch out the mirror for another tower of drawers and shelves in the future. My only complaint about the space is that because it is a closet, the light fixture is not hardwired so I wasn’t able to hang a little chandelier to really make the space glamorous. I also still need to complete George’s!
Tools Needed to Hang Wallpaper
- 5 Rolls of Wallpaper (56 sq ft per roll)
- Dynamic Wall Size
- Paste Brush or roller.
- Knife or snap off blade.
- Sponge & bucket of clean water.
- Smoothing brush or plastic smoother.
- Tape Measure.
- 6-in inch Putty knife or straight edge.
I checked out a lot of resources for this project including several different how to videos but the series I found the most comprehensive and complete was https://youtu.be/drcqCH2wv48