Tuesday, December 12, 2017

Faux Shiplap-Peel & Stick Wallpaper

Hey friends!  I hope you're all having a wonderful holiday season.  Even though I've been really busy, I still try to find time to do the things I enjoy.  My happy place is decorating my home.  I've made several posts on Instagram showing a few projects I've done with peel and stick wallpaper.  I've had a lot of questions, and so I thought I would get down to the nitty gritty with a blog post.

I am not being paid for or being sponsored by anyone for this post.  It's just me passing on some great information.

My laundry room is tiny and doesn't have a window.  I felt like it needed a little something to jazz things up.  If you have to do laundry, you can at least have a fun laundry room.  I wanted something that was easy to do, and not permanent.  After all, the name of my blog is Ever Evolving Home, because I love to change things up.  I discovered the peel and stick wallpaper from Target.  It's really just like contact paper, only thicker. The print I chose was black and white buffalo check.  Here's the link to that pattern, and the brand I used:

See how fun and cheery it is?  

After doing this project, I decided to go back and see what other patterns Target had in this brand, because I was pleased with the quality.  That's when I found the shiplap wallpaper.  My dining room doesn't get a lot of light either and I wanted to brighten that space also.  I love the look of shiplap, but I didn't want to damage the walls and feel like I did something so permanent that I couldn't change it when I was ready. I love what it did for the room!! It brightened things up and added some character and texture.  I might also add that the shiplap wallpaper does have a slight texture to it, and it's much thicker than the pattern I used in the laundry room.

Sorry for the Fall decor in December, This was the best photo of the paper.

Here's the link to the shiplap wallpaper:

Close up of the shiplap paper, so you can see the texture.

Here are some tips and facts before you take on this project.  
First things first, I am not an expert wallpaper hanger.  In fact, this wallpaper job isn't perfect.  So, if you are looking for perfect, I would hire someone to hang it for you.  I wanted simple, inexpensive, and temporary.  My walls aren't heavily textured, they really are pretty smooth.  If you have heavily textured walls, I wouldn't recommend using this wallpaper.  

Here is the amount of texture I have on my walls:

I also would fill in any holes in your wall that are larger that a small nail.  The wallpaper will bubble or crease in those areas.  Next, pick your pattern and purchase a good Exacto Knife, to make your cuts, and you'll need a level.  Also, make sure your walls are clean.  You'll start at the top corner, and I worked left to right.  
Two things that will help you:
First, cut a piece of wallpaper from your roll to fit the size of the area you are doing.  It makes it much easier to handle.   Second, and the most important thing, DON'T REMOVE THE BACKING ALL AT ONCE!! If you do, it will stick to itself, you, and anything near it, and you'll have a mess.  Use your level to make sure your lines are straight on the wallpaper.  It works best to do a small section, smooth it completely out, then pull down a little more backing and continue.  Some people use a wallpaper smoothing tool.  I actually started out with one, and I found that my hand worked better.  Maybe something to do with the warmth from my hand (not sure).  If you encounter bubbles or creases, smooth them out before you move on to the next section.  I really don't have any advice for cutting the edges, other than go slow and steady.  I did use my level against the edges while I made my cuts.  That helped make them straight, and even.  You also don't want to overlap each section of wallpaper; however, you do want to get them as close as possible so your seams become invisible.  The last thing I did was to go back over each section, and make sure they are all smooth and stuck down really well.  

I've had this wallpaper hanging in my home for months now, and haven't had a single problem with it trying to come off of the walls.  In fact, I just did another little area in my house.  It added the little bit of character that this plain little nook needed.

If you're doing a whole room, or just need an accent wall, I highly recommend using this wallpaper. It's a fun, quick and easy project!

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Tuesday, December 5, 2017

Cozy at Christmas Blog Tour

I'm so excited to be invited to join several other bloggers for the Cozy at Christmas Holiday Blog Tour.  After you've toured my home, be sure to check the list at the end of my post to continue the tour with the other amazing bloggers.  Then, continue the tour each day the rest of the week.

Welcome back to my home for Christmas! 

I've tried to incorporate a vintage feel to my holiday decor this year.  Most of my decor tends to either be vintage, or have a vintage look.  I completely change my decor during the holidays.  In fact, I put away a lot of my regular decor during the holidays.  The items I kept out with the Christmas decor were to help achieve the vintage feel.

In our guest bedroom, I kept things pretty simple with just a few touches of Christmas.

I also added several unique pieces to this corner in my dining room.

The silver trays, antique scale and spindles all give this Christmas vignette the vintage look I was trying to achieve.

I kept everything here simple and white.  I placed the nativity on the pedestal, and added the book page trees that I made years ago.  I love how they have yellowed and aged over time.

I have this vignette sitting on an antique table that belonged to my husband's Grandmother.

Our coffee bar gets used so much this time of year.  So, it had to have some holiday cheer.  It already looks vintage, so I just added some lights and greenery.  I also added this cute laundry cart and little Christmas tree for some holiday cheer. 

This is another corner of my dining room.  The tree is from Wal-Mart and I added it to the chippy plant stand.  It needed a skirt to cover the base of the tree, so I improvised by adding a linen pillow cover.  

I wanted to share my living room tree again, because I've already made a change to it.  I added some new Merry Christmas ribbon that I found at Homegoods.  I also added the old porch column to fill in the space beside the tree.  

I hope you've enjoyed seeing more of my home for Christmas.  I always appreciate you stopping by! Please visit the other talented bloggers in the tour by clicking the link to their blog below. Check back the rest of the week to see the new tours each day.  They all have homes filled with beautiful inspiration!  Thank you to Katie at Let's Add Sprinkles for organizing the tour.  You can visit her blog each day for the new tours, or just return to the links below.

Cozy At Christmas 

Thank you for joining us on the blog tour!