I have been quite nervous about wallpapering my daughter’s half bathroom. The walls are so uneven and even with paint it looked dull. I thought it would be fun to get out of my comfort zone of only wallpapering simple walls that have no crazy angles or hard to reach areas. After some researching I had a plan, so here are some best wallpapering tips for a small bathroom.
How much wallpaper for small bathroom is needed !
I calculated the square footage of the bathroom which was 300 square feet of walls and each roll of the paper I found is 56 square feet so I needed at least 6 rolls.
- Paste brush
- Utility blade
- Metal Spatula
- Plastic Spatula
Cutting the wallpaper
Measure from the top to the bottom of the walls and add 2 inches on top and bottom. So the walls were 120 inches long so I added 2 inches on top and two inches on bottom. Those extra inches will help when you are putting up the wallpaper and matching up the pattern.
Drawing the Plumb Line.
This is the line you have to draw vertically all the way around the walls to match up the wallpaper evenly. With a level on the wall draw the width of the wallpaper and the length as well, add one inch to the width. The wallpaper was 24 inches so I had to add 1 inch to compensate for extra space I may need.
Keeping it Organized
With a pencil name each strip of wallpaper you cut with a letter from A-Z. This order will make it easier to match up the wallpaper. Make sure you are matching the patterns before you put it up.
Pour the adhesive in a paint tray.With a clean paint brush I coated the walls with a thin layer of adhesive. I only worked with the width of one strip of wallpaper at a time so I would not be rushed.
Putting up the first sheet
I started from the top and left 2 inches on top and matched the pattern perfectly.With a plastic spatula smooth out the wallpaper along with soft hands until all the wrinkles are gone. I love this wallpaper it’s so easy to work with and matches so easily.
Cutting the extra two inches on top
With a sharp utility blade and a metal spatula place the metal spatula at the edge and run the blade along the spatula so it cannot cut the wallpaper. Do this all the way along the extra paper until it’s all cut off.
Follow this pattern all the way around the bathroom space. If there are walls that are shorter just cut the strips in half to make easier to move around.
Graham and Brown have great wall paper that is versatile to work with and washable. This one I used on the bathroom is called Kelly’s Ikat Wallpaper. It’s the best washable wallpaper I have ever work with. The seams match up so seamlessly. It was like magic. If you enjoyed this DIY project check out how to decoupage a desk.
This is a collaboration project with Graham & Brown.