DIY wallpaper project

I wanted to brighten up a chimney wall that’s in my kitchen/dining area. So I decided to try my hand for the first time at wallpapering.

It’s not that easy…first of all it wasn’t sticking  enough so I re-pasted the wall (some papers you paste the paper, others you paste the wall).  Then there was the effort of smoothing out any wrinkles or bubbles. And before that was the measuring and marking on the wall to make sure it would hang straight. Oh, and removing the picture hook that the clock was hanging on and replacing it afterwards.

Anyway, here’s the before and after (complete with minpin):


The wallpaper is byEijffinger, which is a Dutch brand and quite expensive. But I bought a half-roll from an interiors shop that was closing down…it’s well worth checking out shops that are moving in case you can score bargains! Overall I’m pleased; the yellow-green echoes the colour of other walls in the dining area, even though the chimney breast is more coffee-coloured. And it has certainly injected a pop of vibrancy to the area!

I think next time I’ll pay a professional paper hanger though…especially when doing whole walls.  My skull wallpaper has just arrived (remember this post about gothic wallpaper)? so it’s next on the hit list. I’ll be sure to post the results. Have you ever tried your hand at wallpapering?


  1. Ohh! It looks good, really effective! It does add a nice pop of colour!
    I’ve never wallpapered, but I think if I ever had my own house, i’d probably give it a try for a feature wall. There are so many amazing designs available!

    • Oh thank you Nat! I’m really addicted to fab wallpapers now…bnut am leaving the next lot to professionals! Mind you, I’m tackling painting the walls…and making a bit of a mess 🙂

  2. Cool, where did you get your wallpaper printed?

  3. Gorgeous!! I love the colour choice and the metallic is fab!