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Here’s How to Create a Custom Look with Peel and Stick Wallpaper

Here’s How to Create a Custom Look with Peel and Stick Wallpaper

Looking for a quick way to change the look of your home? Peel and stick wallpaper offers a DIY-friendly method to update your interior décor. Stick-on wallpaper is easy to apply and comes in a wide assortment of on-trend colours and designs. It’s also easy to remove and won’t damage your walls if properly applied.

Refresh Your Walls with Self-Adhesive Wallpaper

Refresh your walls with removable wallpaper. It has the look and feel of real wallpaper but requires far less time and effort to apply. The design options are endless, from traditional to modern to rustic. Add a splash of colour or a striking design to any room.

Décor Ideas for Different Rooms

Stick-on wallpaper lets you update your living space quickly and easily. It’s a great choice if you live in a rental unit or are looking for a more temporary fix. Removable wallpaper is simple to take down, so you can make temporary or long-term changes to suit your mood or current trends. Use stick-on wallpaper in your bathroom or laundry room to for an instant style upgrade.
Update your bedroom, dining room or living room. Choose textured shiplap wallpaper for the look of real wood without the cost. Choose reclaimed brick or weathered stone paper for industrial or rustic style, or opt for a subtle, sophisticated pattern.
If you don’t want to wallpaper the entire room, create an accent wall as a striking focal point.

Creative Craft Projects

Get creative! Another great way to use self-adhesive wallpaper is with craft projects around the house: 
  • Update your kitchen backsplash with a tile or marble pattern 
  • Apply it to the base of your kitchen island or bar 
  • Line a bookcase or bedside tables with a fun print that pops 
  • Decorate a headboard or the top of your desk 
  • Draw attention to your staircase risers with a traditional or modern design

Tips and Tricks When Applying Removable Wallpaper

When applied correctly, temporary wallpaper is quick and easy to apply and won’t damage your walls. Keep these tips in mind: 
  • Clean and dry the surface first: the wallpaper won’t adhere well to an unclean surface 
  • If the surface is newly painted, wait at least 30 days for it to dry before papering 
  • Make sure to remove any electrical outlet face plates and wall fixtures 
  • Don’t use removable wallpaper on a textured wall: apply it only to a smooth, flat surface 
  • Apply the paper over eggshell, satin, or semi-gloss paint: don’t apply it on matte or flat paint as the adhesive may cause damage
We do not recommend installing peel and stick wallpaper on: 
  • Textured walls 
  • Wallpaper 
  • Brick/cinderblock 
  • Unpainted drywall/sheetrock or plaster 
  • Non-stick paint 
  • Floors

How to Measure

Once you decide on a design, you’ll want to figure out how many rolls you need. To do so:  
  1. Determine the coverage of one roll 
  2. Measure the height and width of the wall (or surface) to find the square footage 
  3. Calculate as follows: (width x height) ÷ roll coverage = number of rolls  
Example: (9 ft. x 8 ft.) ÷ 28.18 sq. ft. = 2.6 rolls. (In this case, you would round up to 3 rolls.) 

Purchasing Tip: It’s a good idea to order extra wallpaper. Once you calculate how much you need, add an extra 10–20% to account for any mistakes during your calculations or application. 

Windows and Doors 
If you have large windows or a large doorway, you can simply calculate their square footage and subtract it from the wall area. For standard sizes, we recommend you calculate it the same way you would a blank wall to ensure you have enough wallpaper.

Steps to Successful Stick-On Wallpaper Installation

Follow these steps to successfully install your stylish new peel and stick wallpaper
  1. Give the product time to acclimate to the room temperature before applying, ideally a minimum of 48 hours. 
  2. Make sure you have all the required tools handy: utility knife, level, ruler, pencil, measuring tape, plastic smoother and step stool. 
  3. Remove all electrical outlet face plates and fixtures. 
  4. Thoroughly clean and dry the surface. 
  5. Beginning on the left side of your wall, measure out the width of the paper with a tape measure and mark the wall lightly with a pencil (for a feature wall, start in the center to ensure symmetry). 
  6. Put your level on this mark and draw a straight, vertical line. This is the guide for your first strip. Allow an extra inch or two for trimming both the top and bottom. 
  7. Measure and pre-cut strips of wallpaper to fit the height of the wall. 
  8. Peel back about 12 inches of the backing on a strip. Line up the top of the paper at the ceiling and slowly peel and stick the paper down the wall. Note: Allow a bit of excess paper to overlap at the ceiling. 
  9. Repeat to the right with remaining strips, taking care to overlap the seams. 
  10. Use a plastic smoother to get rid of the air bubbles and create an even look. Trim off excess material at the ceiling and baseboard.
Now that you’ve mastered the application, you’re ready to enjoy your stylish new room! 

Peel and stick wallpaper is a great way to freshen up any space in your home. From an entire room to an accent wall or craft project, it adds character and lets you create a custom look. Browse our selection of stick-on wallpaper and start decorating!

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