peel and stick wallpaper

Is your budget tight but you have grand taste? If you want chic on a shoestring decorating then you’re in the right spot! I’m sharing my design office transformation! We have an upstairs office that the previous owners used as the homework room for their teenage girls. I fell in love with the “treehouse” feel of it. It has dark wood pitched ceilings, an insane amount of built in cabinetry and more storage than any girl needs! What I didn’t love was the paint and trim colors and how heavy it felt mixed to the cabinetry. I wanted white and gray wallpaper, but I wanted it on a budget. I discovered NuWallpaper WallPops wallpaper. It’s a removable peel and stick wallpaper. You heard me – removable wallpaper. What? Too good to be true?

the before

office with dark wood ceiling and yellow walls and brown trim

after using removable wallpaper

peel and stick wallpaper in dark office with dark wood built ins and library ladder

Whoa! Would you then believe me that I did all of this myself with just removable peel and stick wallpaper, new trim paint and a trip to Homegoods and Target? I spent maybe $750 total (that includes the console – but not the lighting fixtures) and what a gigantic transformation!

NuWallpaper wallPops wallpaper used

Dandelion Taupe

I admit, at first I was skeptical of removable wallpaper. I’ve used it for murals in my kids room before, but it always felt a bit cheap looking. My house is covered with gorgeous designer wallpaper that was professionally hung. I worried that if I did “stickers” it would not at all keep up with the aesthetic of my home. Wrong. So wrong. The finished look was an example of chic on a shoestring decorating if I’ve ever seen one!

NuWallpaper WallPops wallpaper sent me some white and gray wallpaper rolls to experiment with. I told them I needed to try the product myself and like it or I wouldn’t share this with you all. Well, I didn’t just like it, I loved it. I think the white and gray wallpaper pattern is so pretty, feminine and refreshing!

chic on a shoestring decorating

taupe floral wallpaper with white marble and washed wood console in light gray office. Chic on a shoestring decorating!
White and gray wallpaper. The easiest and most affordable way to transform a room! My home office before and after photos.
NuWallpaper WallPops gray wallpaper. pink oscar de la rents coffee table book stacked with other coffee table books on a console

Before starting, I painted all trim and doors in white using Sherwin-Williams Divine White for the trim, which is what my entire house is done in. This helped brighten the space. It’s crazy how much a little paint can do!

Getting the technique down will take a little bit of practice, so if you’re more comfortable starting in a part of the room that’s not noticeable, do that. Once I got the technique down, I was off to the races. These are some of the tips I recommend using when hanging the NuWallpaper WallPops wallpaper.

removable peel and stick wallpaper recommendations

  1. Wiped down all of the walls with a slightly damp rag and let them dry.
  2. Start at a center focal point of main wall with paper to hang your first piece.
  3. Begin at the top pulling removable wallpaper down slowly. Use tension as backing paper is pulled off.
  4. At the bottom by the trim, leave a bit hanging off and scissor cut it leaving it straggling a little.
  5. Use hands to smooth out all of the bubbles.
  6. Repeat this by lining up the pattern.
  7. When I was done, I used a razor blade to trim all top and bottom areas for a smooth line.

why use removable wallpaper

The main reason I loved this removable wallpaper is it’s beautiful but incredibly forgiving. If it creases or sticks to itself and you pull it open, it still looks great. I didn’t find that it creased much at all, and if it did it wasn’t that noticeable.

Yes, there was about an hour learning curve. Once I made a few “whoopsies” I was off to the races and my mistakes didn’t show.

As I update this post, it’s been over six months and the removable peel and stick wallpaper hasn’t come down at all except for one place (a tiny, tiny corner) and I think that’s because when I hung it I had already “whoopsied” too many times and it lost it’s full strength stickiness. But hey, like I said, it’s not professionally hung wallpaper!

removable peel and stick wallpaper caveats

Now. Is the white and gray wallpaper flawlessly hung? Uh….no. Can you see errors I made? Absolutely. So don’t look too hard! If you are a perfectionist then this isn’t for you – hire someone and use real wallpaper. But if you want a gorgeous look for less and want to do it yourself then I can’t recommend this product enough. This gives you a fantastic bang for your buck!

One other warning is that if you have textured walls, then this probably won’t work or look as good. I have smooth walls. They have the tiniest bit of texture, but they are typical walls. To be safe, I sanded them ever so slightly but nothing really major. I spent 20 minutes at most in this big room sanding.

Wall pops wallpaper dandelion wallpaper hung with personal art and a gold starburst mirror and hydrangea floral arrangement on a white console table
Removable peel and stick wallpaper door. Home office painted in divine white paint by sherwin williams with removable peel and stick wallpaper

To finish the look, I added some inexpensive white linen drapes from West Elm, a console I found at Homegoods (pretty one here), a few frames, new pillow and voila! I’m working on getting some new sconces for the wall now but other than that, I’m happy with how the room turned out – and I’m happy that it didn’t cost that much money! So is my husband!

I recommend giving removable peel and stick wallpaper a try. It would look fabulous on an accent wall, guest bedroom, entryway, etc. The only place I wouldn’t put it is a full bathroom because the steam would likely not be happy with stickers! But two thumbs up for NuWallpaper WallPops wallpaper!

finish the white and gray wallpaper look

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  • Mary Akin
    November 14, 2016

    Hi Kelly

    I love your office makeover. I was curious if on the peel and stick you had any trouble making the seams smooth where they meet? I am concerned that they will separate. My husband is looking at a rustic plank look for his office area.

    Thank you for your time

    • Kelly
      November 14, 2016

      Hi Mary! No, no trouble with that at all. The only issue with this type of paper I find is that 1) it won’t work on textured walls and 2) aligning it takes some practice. I found it to be forgiving though with the “whoopsies” and I’m someone who can overlook places where I messed up. If you aren’t able to overlook those areas, then this isn’t for you. But I’ve had zero issues with the seams coming undone. It’s still on there as smoothly as the day I put it on! Let me know how it goes!

      • Mary Akin
        November 14, 2016

        Thank you so much Kelly for answering. We both can live with a few imperfections (been married 49 years – lol). My husband is very excited that the seams hold up.

        Have a great evening

        • Kelly
          November 18, 2016

          Oh good! Please let me know how it goes. Would love to know how your experience is compared to mine! And 49 years – congratulations!!!

  • KB
    December 15, 2016

    Does a wall need to be completely smooth? Our playroom walls are marred from the previous owner’s shoddy removal of wallpaper.

    • Kelly
      December 16, 2016

      Hi! Completely smooth? No. But smooth enough, yes. What you’re describing sounds like the wall is a bit inconstant so is patchy. If that’s the case you may want to sand down the rough edges. You may want to get one roll and see how it goes. I know it doesn’t apply well to textured walls. My walls were standard wall finish so I just used a light damp cloth to get any dust off and had no issues. But any holes that weren’t patched definitely showed through, so you may have same issue. How rough is it?

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