Peel and Stick Wallpaper Makeover

2 Materials
2 Hours

Wallpaper is making a comeback but the process of hanging wallpaper is a daunting task. That’s where peel and stick wallpaper comes in. You can update something big like a wall or something small like a piece of furniture.
As always, I went big!
This is my nieces bedroom. It needed to be updated in a big way and I thought a accent wall would be perfect.
You can purchase peel and stick wallpaper at several stores and I found mine at Target. They had a wide variety of designs to choose from. I decided on shiplap.
I began by placing a laser level on the wall using it to ensure that my paper was perfectly straight.
I hung the first piece overlapping onto the opposite wall about a 1/4”.
The second piece covered part of the window. I applied the paper to the wall aligning it to the first piece.
Once the paper was in place, I used a utility knife to cut away the paper that overhung the window. I didn’t need to be neat as I was going to replace the casing around the window.
As I applied the wallpaper to the wall, I only removed about one foot of the paper backing as I smoothed the paper onto the wall. This helps to handle the paper so it’s not sticking where you don’t want it.
To smooth the wallpaper against the wall I used a wallpaper smoothing tool - yup, that’s what it’s called.
You’ll notice the outlet on the wall. I applied the paper over the outlet and then carefully cut it out.
On the other side of the window, a larger piece of wallpaper would cover the window and I didn’t want to waste that much paper so I cut it inline with the top of the window. I then moved to the bottom of the window and did the same thing.
Once that was done, I started again at the top with a full piece of paper.
For the last piece of wallpaper,
A-I measured from the edge of the paper to the corner of the wall and added 1/4” to that measurement.
B-I transferred the measurements onto the paper
C-And cut it out on a work surface.
I added a 1/4” to the measurements so the paper would overlap past the corner.
I cut the wallpaper perfectly straight using a puddy knife as a guide for my utility knife.
If you remember, when I started, I overlapped the first piece a 1/4” onto the opposite wall. I also cut the overlapping paper on that side too.
Here is the finished wall. What a difference! It looks like real shiplap and because the paper is textured, it feels like it too.
Check back to see the reveal of my niece’s updated bedroom.
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Suggested materials:

  • Wallpaper  (Target)
  • Utility Knife  (Lowe’s)

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Have a question about this project?

3 of 4 questions
  • Dagmar's Home
    Dagmar's Home
    on Dec 31, 2018

    How is this wallpaper holding up?

  • Vickie
    on Jun 6, 2020

    With the paper peel and stick how well did it stay stuck to the wall with moisture in bathroom. Thank you.

    • Flipturn
      on Jun 23, 2020

      The room where the paper was applied is a bedroom, not a bathroom.

  • Melissa Schuck Rice
    Melissa Schuck Rice
    on Jun 21, 2020

    Did you apply any additional adhesive? Some videos show doing this. If so, what did you use? Does the wall need to be sanded completely smooth? Have paper but still hesitant to start. Thank you

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3 of 9 comments
  • Helen
    on Jun 3, 2018

    It really turned out lovely. Thanks for sharing....

  • Flipturn
    on Jun 23, 2020

    Keep in mind that peel and stick wallpaper is not the same as contact (Con-Tac) paper, or what is referred to as MacTac in some parts of the world.

    • Flipturn
      3 minutes ago


      Very good question.

      How much damage to the sheetrock the peel-and-stick wallpaper might cause when removed, depends on several factors:

      -the quality of the paper and the backing glue

      -the type of sheetrock and thickness

      -the type of paint that may be on the sheetrock

      -the length of time that the wallpaper has been on

      So, although this type of wallpaper is sold as wall covering that is 'easy to remove' unfortunately, there is no cut and dry answer.

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