Since the housing market went crazy over the past two years, Tristan and I decided that it would be best that we stay in our cute little apartment until we’re ready to buy our own house. This way we can save as much money as possible [our landlord recognizes we’re amazing tenants who take care of the property and would rather have low rent than high profit with crappy tenants] and we have time to wait it out until the market cools off. So because we plan on staying here for the unforeseeable future we figured why not invest in some personal touches/upgrades to make it feel more us and our home.
Today I’m taking you along as we upgrade one of the otherwise blank walls in our house to an incredible faux brick accent wall! This decor hack is 100% renter friendly with peel & stick vinyl wallpaper that’s very easy to apply for first timers like myself. I’ll give you all the details on everything you need to know when it comes to creating this accent wall and the methods/tools I used to achieve the best symmetry. Without further ado – let’s create an accent wall!
- peel & stick wallpaper [this is the one I used and I 10000% recommend it!]
- measuring tape
- utility knife
- wallpaper smoothing tool
Before starting the application it’s recommended that you leave the wallpaper out for 48 hours in whatever room you’re using it in so it can acclimatize. While you’re waiting the 48 hours make sure you have all the tools that you’ll need to make the application as easy as possible. During this waiting period you’ll also want to make sure you wash the wall to make sure you’re applying the wallpaper to a blank/clean surface!
measuring for perfect symmetry
Following the instructions that are included with the wallpaper is super important. For an accent wall they suggest you start by applying the first panel in the middle of the wall and work your way out from there. They also suggest leaving some extra material around the edges to allow for any shrinkage over a 24 hour period that you can trim off the next day.
Starting at the roof [leaving yourself some overlap] peel back the backing and away you go!
I found that the part that requires the most patience is applying the wallpaper to the crease between the wall and the ceiling. For that section I worked the wallpaper on starting at the left corner and smoothing it out horizontally until I reached the right corner. From there I slowly worked in sections, pulling the backing off and smoothing on the wallpaper in a vertical motion.
The wallpaper was extremely easy to line up, mainly because the brick pattern created its own guideline. It was also easy to remove and re-apply if I did need to fix a spot and it didn’t peel any paint off of the wall making it 100% renter friendly!
Our wall took three panels to fully cover which turned out to be two rolls but we had enough left over to do another smaller accent wall in our kitchen.
trimming the edges
This is the final and most important step. As I learned – start from the bottom and work your way up so you can get the hang of it without standing on a ladder. You also want to make sure you have maximum patience for this step because it’s important to go slow and create the most accurate cut line you can manage. I find if you try to move quickly while trimming the edges using the utility knife it’s easy to lose control which will mess up your line.
tips to take away:
- Patience is KEY
- Make sure you have the proper tools and supplies for application
- Follow the instructions provided with the wallpaper
- Have fun with it!!! Don’t put too much pressure on getting it perfect
It’s safe to say that I’m in love with the way wallpaper can transform a space… this may have created an accent wall obsession, but we’ll see LOL.
I hope this post inspired you to be bold and try out some wallpaper in your home! If you follow the tips and tricks in this post it’ll be so easy you’ll be wishing you had done it sooner!
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