Wallpaper is something that daunts many people, not excluding myself.
I sigh over pictures in magazines with accent walls. I flip through sample books whenever I might be near one.
But it was always the installation and the finicky paste/glue/mess/oh-my-god-am-I-going-to-regret-this? thing that held me back. Wallpaper seemed so…. permanent.
I’d seen the design shows. I know all about steamers and scrapers and sweaty brows. Wallpaper was serious business.
Then I learned about this awesome product called Wall Appeals by Wallternatives. It’s wallpaper that you can stick on, but then take off – whenever you need to.
I know. It’s crazy, isn’t it?
I chose the Bee Sweet Bonnie Christine Wall Appeal panels. I loved the colour combination, and the fact that there was a bit of drama happening.
Each panel is 2′ wide by 4′ high. They’re self-adhesive panels and can be peeled right back off of the wall at any time.
It’s totally wild. I couldn’t believe that I was putting up wallpaper. By myself. With my children at home.
The room I chose to gussy up was my powder room. It’s a small, basic bathroom just hanging out on our main floor. Aside from our floors (which I looooove and I should write about soon), there’s isn’t much in the way of colour.
It’s just a bunch of wall.
And toilet paper.
Don’t you feel like that picture is just yelling about the TP? At least you know we have plenty of it, if you’re coming over for a visit.
I decided on one rainy day that I was going to hang the wallpaper. The children were being unusually independent. It was time to gussy up the bathroom.
I grabbed my Wall Appeal panels, a chair, and my box cutter. Kadie, my dear bloggy friend at Seven Alive, wrote that she used a paint stick to get the air bubbles out of her own Wall Appeal panels, so I hastily grabbed one of those, too. (Good tip, Kadie!)
Because the panels are 2X4 feet, the room came together very quickly. And because I love me some instant gratification, this was fabulous for me. I was wallpapering, people! Isn’t this amazing?!?
The trouble with having only small children at home while you’re doing projects like this is that nobody can photograph you doing something as awesome as wallpapering your bathroom. So… just imagine me in there, smoothing out bubbles and being medium-to-very-awkward over the toilet.
When Mr. Suburble came home, he did a double-take as he walked past the bathroom. “Whoa! What happened here?!?”
It’s an amazing impact. I’ve had so many comments and gasps as people walk past the bathroom. And when I show them that it’s really just giant wall-stickers? Ones that don’t damage the wall?
People are incredulous then. No scraping? No permanency? No risk?
Nope. It’s easy. And you can do it in about an hour.
Head to the Wallternatives website to see all of the other amazing patterns you can choose from (or decals, if that’s more your thing).
Tara, this is amazing!! I can’t believe it’s not traditional wallpaper. I absolutely love it. Great choice girl.
Oh, a piece of art would look amazing but I don’t think you could go wrong with either of those 3 choices.
Thanks so much, lady! I loved how quickly this whole project unfolded. I’m still debating what to do for a wall feature… I’ll probably have to break out some paint at some point.
danielle @ 2 Little Superheroes
I’m in love with this pattern, I’m wondering if all the boys in my house would agree to this 🙂
Bah… the boys will be fine with it! I say, if mama’s happy, everyone’s happy. 🙂
This is a great idea. These wall panels turn a dull room into a vibrant space, and I like that they can be removed or replaced with another design. Enjoy a restful weekend, Tara 🙂
Thank you so much! I was really thrilled with how the room turned out, too!
Whoa!! What a difference!! Looks awesome, and so easy!
It was SO easy. I was amazed how quickly it transformed the room too!
THAT is my kind of wallpaper. When we moved in together we had a rental apartment and to this day I remember taking a week to scrape off the 1970’s stuck on wallpaper. It was so bad it turned me off of wallpaper altogether. This is something I would because if I change my mind (which I will b/c I get bored so easily) this would be perfect. Does it come in black print? It would save me from painting our bedroom wall. 😉
Oh, the old-school wallpaper is something to be afraid of. I remember deciding to paint over 1970s grasscloth in the first townhouse I ever owned. And yes, there are some black and white prints! You should check it out!
That is beautiful! I had no idea wallpaper came in panels like that, and that it could be removed!! This is genius…now I’m thinking of places to hang some in my house! And to answer your question, I would leave it! It’s art all by itself!
I can see how these panels would get addictive. I’m already thinking of another wall to gussy up! 🙂
The website doesn’t have much information about this product. The panels are 2 x 4 feet? How many panels are in the package? It doesn’t say how to prep the wall or how specifically to hang the “wall paper”. Any additional information you can supply would be most helpful. Thank you.
Yes, the panels are 2′ x 4′ – you have to order each individually. The wall doesn’t need much prep beyond ensuring that it’s all a solid colour, and isn’t rough or uneven (drastically – you would want to sand that out). The panels are self-adhesive, and stick on just like a sticker would. You have to match up the pattern at the seams (it’s pre-cut that way), and smooth out the air bubbles as you work.
Let me know if you need any more information. I can send you some more details, if that would help!