Wednesday, August 17, 2011

The Foyer Wallpaper is Up - Before and Afters Revealed!

I am so excited to write this post- the wallpaper is up! It has been a long journey, as I have been thinking about adding wallpaper to my home for the last year. I went back and forth on what to do and couldn't be happier for taking the plunge! I also love the look of stencil and thought about that for this space. But being a foyer, I thought this might be the best place to try wallpaper, as it is a heavy traffic area. My mom taught me some of her great tips, since this was my first wallpaper application! The hubby also helped as my wing man and the results are pretty good- it was actually easier than I anticipated. I will end this post with some wallpaper hanging tips, but for now, let's get to the before and afters!

Before



After





The walls in the foyer were painted Powell Buff by Benjamin Moore. The color was a nice, soft neutral, but I wanted a dramatic change. The wallpaper that I chose is a large print damask and can be found here. I searched and searched and finally found a pretty great deal. I don't have anything up on the walls yet, because I want to be 100% sure about what I hang up- I'm still a little afraid to put holes in the wallpaper! I have had some ideas for the coat rack corner: while the red coat rack is practical, I am looking for a change. I was thinking of replacing it with a bench, some pillows and a large intricate mirror above the bench. What are your thoughts?? And for the large wall leading into the kitchen, I was thinking about hanging a gallery of empty frames in a glossy black finish. Those are my ideas for now.

And now for some wallpaper hanging tips:

1. I found some very helpful articles here.
2. Thoroughly read the directions that come with the wallpaper. The most important one was to alternate rolls when hanging the panels. Let's say you have 2 rolls you are working with: the best way to save on pattern repeat and paper is to use roll 1, then 2. I would go back and forth that way, and it was amazing how much paper I saved. This damask print had a 20 1/2 inch repeat, which could lead to a lot of waste when you are matching up the pattern for your next panel.
3. Before placing your paper in the water, clearly mark which end is the top. I would use a pencil and write "top" on the back. This way, you know you won't forget!

There we have it! Check back soon, to see how the accessories are placed. Do you have any ideas for what to hang on the walls?

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15 comments:

Jessie said...

The wallpaper looks great! Well done, Amber! You did a wonderful job hanging the wallpaper. Thanks for all the useful tips, I will keep that in mind if I ever have to install wallpaper one day!

Looking forward to see the finishing touches in the foyer. :)

P/S: Don't miss my fabulous giveaway! Today is the last day to enter!

Jessie
www.mixandchic.com

Marci @ Timber and Lace said...

Wow, what a gorgeous wall paper you chose. I love the photo with your exterior black door against the wall paper. What about painting your interior door and side lights black. They would compliment the black frames in your fabulous gallery wall idea. Just a thought. It looks amazing

Kat said...

Lookin' good, girl!

Melissa @ Rooms said...

Yes, I agree with the above comment. I think having the door black on the interior side would really be bold and create an awesome contrast.

Holly said...

Talk about a completely new look - that is really great!! I like your idea of the black frames that would be great against the wallpaper. I also think a mirror would be great for the space as well.

Katy said...

Love love this!! Wow. I've always been nervous to use wallpaper, but now I am tempted :).

Kim@Chattafabulous said...

Completely lovely. Come do mine now!

SHERRY HART said...

I love it!!! AND...I can not believe you hung it yourself. I have tried it before and it was a disaster. But, that was way before tutorials and helpful hints they have on the computer now.

Cathy Wall said...

Oh my goodness this is awesome! You did a fabulous job hanging the paper, I'm so impressed. Love the idea of the black paint on the inside of the door and also the bench with pillows....go for it!

Cathy @ Room Rx

Brandi said...

gorgeous! Absolutely beautiful! Your walls look amazing!

Suzy www.savedbysuzy.blogspot.com said...

That looks amazing! Black paint would look great. I haven't hung wallpaper and am a little scared to try, but the results are definitely worth it. Looks like I'm going to be your newest follower!

Judy said...

I am in love with your wallpaper choice. It looks so amazing. Found you over at Roomspiration.

Ange said...

Looks great! I think a bench, mirror, pillows, etc. will be a great addition! Thanks for the wallpaper hanging tips, I've been contemplating some myself!

wackymural said...

See more great Children room wallpaper.

Mary Jo said...

I am so impressed by your wallpaper hanging skills, especially since it was your first time! It looks great, I love the subtle colors and the size of the print!

xo Mary Jo
http://MagicalMined.blogspot.com

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