Peel and stick wallpaper is the hot ticket of the moment for treatments on blah walls! In this post I’ll explain how we took a difficult space to work in and transformed the look inexpensively. This is the laundry room at our beach house and we completed a full makeover, finishing up last weekend!
Up above is the semi-before, after we purchased a new washer and dryer when the 18 year old set went kerplunk. I apologize that I don’t have a real before, but can’t find the photos! 😝 This room is not very large and has no window, but it’s quite functional for our needs. We had to replace the countertop and backsplash when we had some sort of leak in the wall a few months ago. We kept the deep farmhouse sink and purchased a new faucet. As you might have noticed, the cabinets have different door fronts! That’s due to the builder only installing the floor cabinet and no cabinets over the washer/dryer. We salvaged those cabinets that are above from a kitchen remodel here. Works for us, especially since this is our second home and we need to stick to a tight budget.
The Best Way To Paint Cabinet Doors
We have painted loads and oodles of furniture and cabinets ourselves over the years! For this small amount of cabinet painting we chose to roll them. The first step was to remove the doors and tape off where the wall meets the cabinetry. Using a small roller, we painted the sides and front of the cabinets first.
Next we laid the doors down on a blanket and rolled them. We use Benjamin Moore paints on our construction site jobs and our own home projects. We start out by applying a good primer and then we rolled two coats of Benjamin Moore Hale Navy satin in the Aura line. Of course allowing time to dry between coats.
The satin finish has a nice sheen to it! The hardware was an extra set that came with the cabinets we used in the bathroom remodels. If you check out these bathroom remodels you might better understand the theme that we are going for at our beach home! In this post you’ll see the two main bathroom remodels…head to toe gut jobs. The powder room renovation has more navy blue…and was our first peel and stick wallpaper attempt. See that post here!
As you can see…there are these annoying and not attractive at all 🙈 utility areas on the wall. However, they are necessary, especially the one that has the washer water shut off valves. So we came up with a creative way to hide them!
Peel And Stick Wallpaper – Working In A Difficult Space
For more detailed information on how to hang peel and stick wallpaper, head over here – How To Hang Peel And Stick Wallpaper Like A Pro
Basically you need to:
- Measure your space and order the correct amount of wallpaper, depending on the repeats in the pattern. We bought this wallpaper on Etsy and the seller had great instructions about ordering.
- Once your paper arrives and before you start, figure out how you’re going to lay it out and match the pattern. More details on my post mentioned above.
- Measure, measure, measure your walls once you have the paper in hand and decide where you’ll be placing the first piece. You DO NOT want to end up on a corner with a thin strip, so use your judgement on where to start.
You can see the dilemma here and other than the washer shut off I have no idea what those other things are! My husband is really quite the genius at figuring things out and I left this to him.
See the strip that’s holding the upper cabinet in place? It was my idea to use some foam board and wallpaper it. Then just some tack nails to hang it on the strip. My husband felt that the foam board would warp, so he built a framework with 1 x 4’s. We need to be able to take off the foam board if there is any sort of issue!
After cutting, at this time he attached the 1 x 4’s with a screw gun. Clearly this confused me, but he knew what steps to take one by one.
Installing The Peel And Stick Wallpaper
Following along, I watched him attach the first panel of the peel and stick wallpaper adjacent to the corner. This isn’t a large space and it was difficult to work in such a constricted area. Peel and stick wallpaper is a bit like contact paper. You pull away the backing of your cut piece in one corner first. It should be noted that different papers seem to have different stickability. This paper was EXTREMELY sticky, so we really had to get it right the first time!
I didn’t get a good image of him attaching the foam board unfortunately. He used 1 1/4″ drywall screws for that. Last but not least he applied the peel and stick wallpaper over the foam board once it was attached to the wall. It was the only way to cover it in this difficult space. It can be removed if necessary to turn off the water supply. I added a small area rug and a thin hairpin leg table for folding laundry on the opposite wall.
The Finished Project!
There is a small gap behind the washer/dryer due to the shut off area, but it’s not that noticeable in person.
I love the design of this peel and stick wallpaper!
It’s a big improvement and really brightens up the room nicely!
Have you thought about using peel and stick wallpaper in a space in your home? Keep in mind that you really CAN peel it off if necessary!
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