This guest room is the first one of our spare rooms to receive a refresh after a year of living in our new build. While our home is a custom build, we definitely wanted to incorporate some of our own projects and homemade features to make this place feel complete. This summer, our main guest room off the living room saw many changes including this wallpaper sign. I wanted something to hang on the shiplap wall above the bed that was custom, simple, and a spot of color. When I saw the beautiful wallpaper on D Marie Interiors website, I knew I needed to incorporate it in the room.
Instead of trying to tackle wallpapering an entire wall, I thought the room would present the same vibe from just a sample. And lucky for me, the wallpaper website sells by the yard! For this simple project, I used:
- Hobby Lobby sale framed sign
- Wallpaper samples
- Wallpaper adhesive
- Nail gun (optional)
The first thing I needed to find was a sign that was the right size to display above the bed. I was so excited to see that our Hobby Lobby has a whole clearance aisle, full of lots of scratch and dent items. Since I had planned on covering the inside part of a sign, I just found one that was the right size and had a frame color that I liked. This one, listed at $17.49 ended up being around $12 with additional 40% off that week!
Check to make sure the sign you pick has brackets on the back. Although this sign came displayed vertically with hangers on the back, they could easily be removed and reattached to hang it horizontally.
Now there are different ways to attach the wallpaper to your sign. I originally had planned on aligning and pasting both yards and then using an X-Acto knife to slice off the excess around the edges. This is the quickest way to finish the project but also more risky. Pieces could get sliced too short and if that’s your only sample, then that would cause a problem. We decided to go the safer route and detach the frame from the center. Now, there is just a flat board to cover with the wallpaper.
Now the wallpaper is finally ready to be pasted. There are different types of wallpaper paste. I grabbed the only brand they had at Lowe’s and it seemed to work fine. Only a portion of the tub was needed.
The wallpaper directions instruct you paste the back of the paper with a brush but this did not hold to the board at all. Instead, paste the whole board with the brush then align and press the paper on top. Since one yard did not fit completely width wise, I had to add another row on top to completely cover the middle. I was worried about the seam appearing visible but I could not see it at all on the finished project. We left extra material hanging off of each side of the board so that the frame could be placed back on top to help reinforce the paper being held down. When the paper is completely pressed on top of the paper board, there were many bubbles and wrinkles. Much to my surprise, most of the imperfections were quickly eliminated by using a hair dryer to heat the surface.
Allow the entire board to dry for about 20 minutes before reattaching the frame. My husband used a nail gun to piece all of the sides back together.
In order to prevent holes in the shiplap, this lightweight sign was hung by nails that were hammered into the gaps of the shiplap planks. When I decide to change this sign out that goes with a different season, I’ll just need to make a new one with a different seasonal pattern. For now, I’m enjoying the summer that is left!