7 Things to Know Before You Use Peel and Stick Wallpaper

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I decided to give our laundry room a facelift and wanted to do something bold on the walls. I’ve been hearing a ton about peel and stick wallpaper and found a pattern that I loved. The reviews were good. The Youtube videos looked easy enough. So I decided to give it a try, this is what I learned.

Peel and Stick Wallpaper Graphic

What I learned about peel and stick wallpaper

Pick an easy space. Don’t do what I did and pick a small room with three doors, cabinets and a washer/dryer to maneuver around.

Pick a simple pattern – or better yet, no pattern at all. I feel like I wasted a lot of wallpaper trying to match up the patterns between rows. The good thing about a busy pattern is that it hides the imperfections. Speaking of which…

Throw out your perfectionist tendencies. I wouldn’t have considered myself a perfectionist before starting this project. But holy hell. Lining up the pattern while trying to keep the wallpaper from sticking wrong…or to itself…or to your hair…was a bit of a time consuming nightmare. I came to terms with it being close enough and promised myself that I wouldn’t stare at the spots I knew where a little off when I used this room.

Peel and stick wallpaper pattern

Don’t do this project in front of your kids. Or just go and put $100 into your swear jar now. I believe I cursed everything from the wallpaper to the builders of our nearly 40 yr old home. Bite your tongue and take deep breathes and repeat after me “it will all be worth it”.

Just hang. I tried to follow the directions and precut my pieces but I couldn’t do it right. Nothing was matching or I cut them short and wound up wasting a ton of material. What worked for me was to pick my starting spot – I chose a corner part of the wall with zero obstructions – and get the top lined up and start sticking. I didn’t cut the piece at the bottom until I had about a foot adhered at the top.

Wallpaper installers are underpaid. I do think installing normal wallpaper is easier than installing peel and stick because you are able to move the wallpaper before it sets. Regardless, getting this done right on a consistent basis is an art.

It’s worth it. For all the swearing and sweat and cost….it looks amazing. It’s exactly what I wanted for this space. Stay tuned for the full laundry room reveal. (Subscribe and get email updates so you don’t miss it!)

peel and stick wallpaper room

13 thoughts on “7 Things to Know Before You Use Peel and Stick Wallpaper

  1. It does look amazing, Alice! You did a fantastic job. I think my favorite tip was to go ahead and put $100 in the swear jar!

  2. Ok, for all the fuss it looks AWESOME!! I watched my mother hang wallpaper in our bathroom years ago and it was definitely a process. I was hopeful that removable would be a bit less fussy than the real deal, but it sounds like it is still a fine art. So what about just doing an accent wall at the end of our hallway? Doable?

    1. Yes! Totally doable! I think using real wallpaper would be easier cause you can smush it around some to get it in place. This one there is no give at all.

  3. I’ve been wondering about peel and stick wallpaper. You’ve convinced me to try it. I loved using wallpaper years ago. Matching the pattern was always a pain. Did you get yours locally? Or, did you buy it online?

  4. I came across your post at a perfect time!! We are relocating next week and I am anxiuos to add some cool touches to our new home and just came across peel & stick wallpaper. You have me a little worried but I think I’ll go for it!

  5. I remember my mom doing her wall paper. She did a log cabin look and the wallpaper had to be put on sideways. You talk about a project. You did a fantastic job and most definitely something i would not do in front of my kiddo.

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