Wallpapering - a skill I never knew I had

Wallpapering? Normally a work that is followed by "Dad can you help?"

Decorating is not my strong point. I have many great ideas but never manage to do much with these ideas but this all changed when I attempted wallpapering

Wallpapering is not something I had ever attempted. I had watched my dad do it and just the thought of doing it made me sweat but when you have a baby who is eight months old and you haven't decorated her room it is time to get over the fear and make a go.

One reason it took us so long to get started with the wallpapering was that the room was covered in dreadful woodchip wallpaper which took forever to remove. Eventually we got there.


The first problem is knowing how many rolls of paper to buy. This could have been made easier if we had measured the room before heading out to the shops to look at paper but thankfully our estimate on how many rolls we needed worked out - in fact we had one roll too many. We even got bargains. Homebase had 25% off wallpaper and one shop we got a roll of paper reduced from £23 to £3.99!


Armed with paper and all the accessories you would ever need to start a decorating shop, we headed home to work out how to go about the process of wallpapering. The first strip of paper had two plugs that needed holes cut which scared me at first but also gave me a boost of confidence - if I can do that I can do it all.



Before long I had done a wall. I just wish the paper had been paste on the wall as I got bored waiting the five minutes between pasting the paper and putting it on.


From that point on I felt fairly confident that I could manage to do this and cracked on for as long as I could before I got bored. It took an evening and and afternoon (but only because we had to wait for plaster to dry) to get finished but the end result was well worth it. I can honestly say that I do not think I will ever be buying paint again. Wallpaper makes a much neater and professional result than paint has ever done.


Once finished we went out and bought curtains, although I am not so pleased with them as they are not quite the right shade of red but they are better than the falling apart, navy, homemade disasters that have been in the house since I moved in. They are also thermal lined which is a bonus as we have noticed that the windows don't seem to seal right at the top and let in a huge draft.


To finish off the room my husband put up a new light which we bought before the the wallpaper and which luckily blended in well with the colour scheme.


How did you decorate your wee one's room? How did you decide to do it that way?


Training Mummy

Training Mummy is a 30 something mum to two beautiful children - a girl born February 2014 and a boy born in October 2015.

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