7 Things to Know Before You Use Peel and Stick Wallpaper

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.

This post has been updated for 2020.

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The laundry room is complete! See the full reveal here!

How long will it last?

I originally did this post two years ago and I’m happy to say that I haven’t had one issue with the durability of this wallpaper. It is installed in a high traffic area and I’ve been able to keep it relatively clean. All of the corners are staying put and the color is just as vibrant as it was when I installed it.   

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. See the full reveal of the new laundry room here.

peel and stick wallpaper room

Where can I buy it?

I bought this wallpaper from Target, and they carry lots of different prints. There are also plenty of options on Amazon, you can see a whole list in my Amazon Store.

Peel and Stick Wallpaper Graphic

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

  1. 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?

    • 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.

  2. 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?

  3. 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!

      • As a wallpaper installer, I like the comment that we are underpaid!
        That being said, DON’T bypass the light sanding of the wall before any attempt to hang! Those little invisible pokeys NOW, will telegraph through P&S vinyl in a big way and are VERY difficult to do anything with after the install! It’s tempting to NOT sand but payoff is huge! Just sayin’…

  4. 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.

  5. I just finished hanging wallpaper in our laundry room as well. I ABSOLUTELY LOVE IT!!!! I learned Bellacor has all of Joanna Gaines’ styles in stock in both wet/dry adhesive and peel and stick types. I too chose one that didn’t have a repeat pattern. My FAVORITE HACK i learned off You Tube is to put masking tap at the top piece you cut so you know which “end is up” and from the bottom, to roll it back up but “inside out”. This was SUPER EASY to hang each piece. The adhesive side faced the wall and as you unroll your cut piece you peel the removable covering towards you. Then with one hand hold the roll and the other hand smooth-as-you-go! A-MAZ-ING!


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