If you love gender neutral ideas for kids room. Here is a tutorial on how to hang gender neutral wallpaper for boys bedroom.
Picking out Wallpaper
For the last few years I have been doing lots of wallpapering. This particular wallpaper project is for my grandson’s Preston bedroom and its my favorite. The wallpaper my daughter choose was amazing to work with. It was easy to install because the paper was thick and not thin which made it less likely to tear when adding the adhesive or carrying it around when placing it on the walls. This is important factor because some papers are thin.
When picking a pattern for gender neutral room you need to take in consideration the age of the child and patterns. Preston is 2 1/2 years old so going with soft neutral colors would be the best. Ashley found one on sale from Serena & Lilly. The soft beige tones of bamboo striped pattern was perfect. This would go great for any kids room whether it be girl or boy.
Material for Gender Neutral Wallpaper
- Wallpaper: Serena & Lilly Veranda Wallpaper
- Adhesive: I have used many and the best is when it comes all ready prepared. Don’t get any that have to be mixed with water.
- Wallpaper Brush
- Utility blade: Make sure the blades come where you can snap it off with a plier or some wallpaper kits come with 4 or 5 blades you can take off and put on handle.
- Spatula: Metals are the best.
- Painter tray
- Gloves: Surgical gloves for applying the adhesive.
- Scissors: Super sharp
- Cutting Table
How To Hang Gender Neutral Wallpaper
Step 1: Clean Walls
A clean wall goes a long way. If your walls are not clean the adhesive will not stick to the wallpaper. Trust me I made the mistake of not cleaning walls after the pollen season last spring. What a mistake 🙁
Step 2: Cutting The Wallpaper
You will need a ladder. Take the roll of wallpaper holding the top of the wallpaper against the top of the wall. Let the wallpaper drop to the floor while you are holding the very top of the paper. Ask someone to pencil in a line where to cut where it ends. Add 4 inches. Take it to the cutting table and make sure you use a level when cutting the paper.
Step 3: Adhesive
With the brush coat the wallpaper with the adhesive from top to bottom making sure you don’t miss any sections. Take your time.
Step 3: Hanging The Paper.
Get a ladder and hang the paper with the adhesive starting from the top passing the spatular over the wallpaper. Make sure you flatten any bubbles that are forming. Use a damp sponge to remove any debris which keeps the wallpaper clean. Thats why its important to get a wallpaper that is durable.
Step 4: Cutting The Edges
With a sharp utility blade position blade below the spatial where you are cutting the edge off. You may have to do the same on the top. Make sure you use a sharp blade each time. I didn’t like the way one of my cute came out. (below) It looked ragged. Thats because I didn’t break off the used blade sooner.
Step 6: For Hard To Reach Cuts
For hard to reach area that have to be cut in a specific way measure the same way as in Step 2. Unfortunately this is where you will waste wallpaper but it has to be done this way. With a help of your friend, when holding the paper pencil where you will cut which is by the window for me. I made sure I had enough in case I blotched. Add 4 inches on the side. Take paper back to the table to cut and add adhesive.
Once you figure out where to cut, add the adhesive and place on wall the same way as in step 3. This is the hard part, but use soft hands when flatting the paper onto the wall.
I am really happy with Preston’s room. The pattern looks perfect with everything else in his room.
TIP: Like I said earlier I have wallpapered many room and each time I find ways that are easier. In my video on wallpapering a dining room. I take a different approach and measure the walls with a measuring tape. This way is more time consuming and its good if you are alone. The way I did it in this post was much faster and I had a helper to pencil where to cut. The cutting is the same and you need a level to make sure its a straight cut. So both ways is fine.
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