Complete a 3 Step DIY ‘Wallpaper’ Project in Under 30 Minutes
Things always start to get a little crazy leading up to the holidays and these last couple of weeks have been no exception. We’ve been working hard on a small powder room to give it a new look on a small budget. It hadn’t been changed in over 10 years and was in need of some updating. Here we go!
We’ve taken on several DIY projects to give this little space some new life, and we’ll share them with you along the way. We should wrap it up this coming week. The goal is to be done in time for Thanksgiving as the homeowners have over 25 people coming to celebrate. No pressure right?!? See the before pics below. We had taken down two art pieces hanging on the wall and began to patch and prep the wall for paint prior to this pic being taken. Other than that, what you see is what you get!
This little guy needed some love!
The homeowner wanted something bright and cheery in the space, so we ultimately decided on 2 shades of a cheery yellow. The lighter one is called Custard Cream by Behr. It’s cheery and lively without being overwhelming. I love the balance of this color! It’s definitely become one of my go-to yellows! The second color is called Inheritance, also by Behr. This color moves towards a golden yellow and certainly is a beauty! For the record, you will need two colors to complete this project.
From the beginning I knew I wanted to add a fun bold feature to the walls through color and pattern. Traditionally powder rooms are a great place to be daring because they are small and you don’t spend a lot of time in them. Initially, I thought wallpaper would pack a punch BUT we didn’t have the budget for it nor do we know how to hang it. We also didn’t want to hire it out for such a small space (sometimes it’s about knowing your limitations).
Time to get creative! Since we didn’t move forward with traditional wallpaper, I decided to create my own. Pros to this project are: pretty much anyone can do it (Really, no special skills necessary. If you can paint, you’re in!), it’s really cost effective (around $40 for paint and decals), and it only took about 20 to 25 minutes! Cons: You will need to wait for the paint to dry before moving from one step to the next.
Here’s the skinny! I saw these vinyl self-sticking wall decals at Home Depot for $20 and thought, if we stuck these little guys to the wall, could we somehow make our own wallpaper? For twenty bucks and a couple quarts of paint it was worth it to find out!
I wanted the ‘wallpaper’ to be apparent without being overwhelming so we kept the lighter yellow as the main color and the darker yellow as the ‘wallpaper’ accent. We also got the darker yellow in a high gloss enamel to give it an extra pop! It looks really gorgeous when the light hits it. We kept the lighter yellow in an eggshell finish. These were our two keys to success of the design. Doing one color lighter and one color darker in different finishes really made all the difference. If you take on this project make sure there are at least two shades difference between your colors, otherwise they will look like the same color. Um, yes I am speaking from experience here…grrrr!
So here are the 3 steps we followed to create our ‘wallpaper’:
Step 1: We painted the wall in the darker yellow (we added beadboard wainscoting while we waited for the paint to dry later so we only painted the top half of the wall). Also, because we knew this was not the finish color we didn’t bother to edge it out along the ceiling.
Notice the high sheen!
Step 2: We placed the wall decals all over the wall. Truth be told the decals came in a suggested shape to do a specific tree design but we did whatever we wanted and placed them all over which required us to cut a few of the branches with standard scissors. *Make sure to eyeball the wall and space the decals evenly as you go. We went around, at random, from wall to wall until we used all of the decal pieces. We kept in mind where our new art and decor pieces would hang and made sure not to waste any pieces!
Step 3: We painted over the decals in the lighter yellow and then peeled them off. We didn’t peel them immediately, we gave the paint about an hour of drying time (it was tacky to the touch).
Practicing our hand modeling!
That’s it! Once all the decals are peeled you have a new, original, and awesome DIY wallpaper to enjoy for years to come! Not bad for about $40 and 20 minutes! We loved how this little project turned out and so did the homeowner!
This is progress!
Since we’ll be done this week, I’ll able to show you how we completely updated a 30+ year old vanity for $130 and how the rest of the space turned out! Wish us luck and for those celebrating, have a wonderful holiday!
Create. Innovate. Decorate!