Monday, October 14, 2013

DIY: Front Entry Wallpaper

Since we moved into our new place our entryway was a difficult space to figure out.  It is very small, it's really not an entry "way" more so just a basic entry, it really would have been easier to just leave it "as is" and keep it basic and pretty much the same as all the other townhouses in our complex but that wouldn't have kept to our personalities.

I love the idea of a proper umbrella stand, a console for your keys, mail, etc., and maybe even some coat hooks for company. The reality is that these items would not look good in our entry space and therefore we had to nix the idea.

We had started throwing various ideas around and the one that both my husband and I could agree on was wallpaper. I love the idea of a beautiful, dramatic wallpapered space and my husband liked the idea of just keeping the space uncluttered and clean.

We found a gorgeous damask wallpaper at Home Depot for under $40 per roll. A similar style through Farrow & Ball runs just under $300 a roll, and other design stores in Vancouver will run up your tab similarly.
We followed the instructions from here and because the wallpaper was non-pasted rather than the traditional pre-pasted, these instructions were very handy as well. A wallpaper kit typically has everything you need for this project and is one of the best things out there, however, if you would prefer to buy things separately, the following are the key items to complete the job.

Before starting any part of the application, it is essential to pattern match so that your pieces will be ready to go up.   We measured and cut our pieces and made sure that all patterns lined up with each additional piece that would be added beside the previously applied piece.

As we were featuring the side wall, we worked from the middle out so that the main damask pattern would be centered.  A laser level is definitely the best item to centre the first piece, however they can be pretty pricey so if a manual level is what you have on hand, that would be fine as well, the bottom line is to just use a level.  The first piece is the crucial piece as it will be the precedent on how evenly all the other pieces will be applied.
We alternated sides when applying each new piece.

The final result.

We came away very satisfied with our results and were surprised at how quickly it came together.  Although it did take up the bulk of our evenings for one full week, we did take our time and we did have to run back to Home Depot for another roll so the time we spent felt justifiably longer than expected and next time we're pretty sure the application will not take as long.
 I hope you can try this amazing project one day.
Happy DIYing!

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