This hexagon paper from Cole & Son is stunning and that foil gold detail is breathtaking. If you want an instant sophisticated glam in your space, this is your paper! Also for you DIY wallpaper-ers at home, the Home Depot has all the tools you need to make your wallpaper project a success. Here is a step-by-step illustration on "how to hang wallpaper " by the experts at the Home Depot, and this guide saved my life!
Now here is my version of a step-by-step guide on how to creating wallpaper panels. For all you renters out there where landlords prohibit any form of decoration being applied to all walls, this may be your solution. In our case, we started with two foam boards. I picked foam boards because they are light weight, easy to cut, and affordable. The height of the feature wall requires two boards for coverage. I could have done the boards individually, but Chris suggested to have them taped together as one piece so the paper wouldn't have a seam in the middle. This also made it easier to wallpaper.
Once we finished taping the boards together at the back, we flipped the piece over and put clear tape at the seam for extra hold. The last thing I want is the boards separating during transport and ruin the wallpaper.
With prep work out of the way, we are ready for the fun part. Be sure to do a dry run of where the paper will go, make sure it is lined up with the straight edge (especially when you have a patterned paper like mine). My wallpaper life saving tip: measure twice and fold once.
The paste application process was really just like rolling paint on the wall. A thin, even coat is always recommended and in our case, Cole & Son recommended putting the paste on the wall instead of the paper. So that was what we did. Always read the instruction to see what works best for your specific paper. It also helps to have a second person to assist you, especially when you want to slowly lay the paper on the board, and to smooth out any creases or air bubbles.
Our boards were wider than the width of the paper, so we needed to apply a second strip of wallpaper. We repeated the same process and using the first strip as our guide. We matched up the pattern and closed off the seam.
To make sure the seam between the wallpaper is securely adhered to the boards, we ran the seam roller along the seam. Be sure to not apply too much pressure on the boards. After all, they are foam boards and can be dented.
Final step prior to actual installation is to let the panel rest overnight for the glue to fully set. We also put a few books along the edges to avoid the boards being warped . Once dried, the wallpaper may create too much tension to the foam boards and you won't want that. So weight it down while the drying process takes place.
Want a sneak peek of the panel in place? I think you do.
See you Friday for a fun Father's Day special!