A popular choice for wallpaper these days is a wallpaper mural forest scene. Using one one of these creative illustrations on your wall can instantly transform a space turning it into one of the most interesting places in your home. They’re beautiful pieces of art and a way use nature without actually bringing nature inside. Anyone whose let a plant die you’ve paid good money for knows the value of this.
When PhotoWall of Sweden reached out to me about trying their wallpaper, I knew I had to give it a go!
Everything I needed arrived in a neat package.
When I say everything I needed I mean everything. Even a level and paper cutter come with the wallpaper kit. All you see here was packaged along with the wallpaper (and MORE) so I didn’t need to take any time looking for the right tools for the job. What a breeze. My least favorite part of any project is gathering the many supplies which was all done for me. A great start to this project.
This was my very first wallpaper attempt at wallpapering and I was a little anxious about messing up. Thankfully PhotoWall gave written directions each step of the way. The wallpaper came in strips and it was like putting a puzzle together piece by piece. I’m not even a puzzle person friends, but this was satisfying.
Apply Wallpaper Glue to Wall
The powder wallpaper glue mixed with water to form a paste. Then I just rolled it on my wall little by little as I put the paper up. No photos of me doing this because I was alone, but I did film it so go to my Instagram here and here to watch how easy it was to get it done.
Apply Wallpaper to Wall
Yep, I’m actually smiling. No anxiety once I started this project and got each section of paper to line up evenly.
. It went smoothly up until I almost attached a piece upside down. I say almost because I caught the mistake and only had to pull a small amount of the paper off the wall and flip it around to the right side. The clock was ticking before the kid’s came back inside from playing and I was rushing to finish. Don’t rush and this won’t happen to you.
The applicator that came with the wallpaper helped to smooth out wrinkles and was actually fun for me to do.
Voila! My quaint mural forest scene was up. When I stood back I saw the mural needed a little something else. I didn’t like the gap at the top and bottom of the wall. When in doubt, add molding. So I did.
Remove Old Molding
I began by removing the existing builder grade floor molding. Don’t underestimate the impact of upgraded molding, it’s worth every penny. First, I used an Xacto knife to cut the old caulk between the molding and wall.
The I used a paint scraper and screw driver to separate the molding from the wall.
I found a trim the size I wanted to frame out the mural, and used a nail gun to attach the trim to the wall.
For the crown molding and baseboards I went with larger pieces of molding for a grander look to support the vintage feel of the mural.
Although I didn’t mind the gray color of the wall between the white trim and molding, I felt it drew attention away from the mural.
In order to give the illusion of more molding I painted the gray wall white bringing the two moldings together visually, and drawing the eye to the center and mural.
The end result was better than I had hoped. Super satisfying to see this all come together. The best part is adding trim comes at a minimal cost and adds to the value of your home.
Camouflage the Outlet Cover
With such a beautiful mural to admire I needed to find a way to camouflage the white outlet cover on the wall. All it took was mixing together black and white paint, as well as a little confidence.
I painted right over the cover and tried the best I could to make the outlet cover fade into the mural picture. So much better than a glaring white rectangle disrupting the peaceful woodland scene.
Check out our Instagram @purehappyhome and see the video of how I did this wall.
If you haven’t already tried wallpapering I highly recommend it. It took me a long time to finally give it a try and really I made it out to be much harder than it was. Now I’m deciding where I’ll use it next!
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Let me know how you think I did and if you’d try this in your home.