My Experience Taking Off Removable Wallpaper
I did a thing.
I took down our fun, eclectic, temporary wallpaper.
But I had my reasons:
After the water damage in our home this last winter, the bottom of the wallpaper was peeling off. Not anything to do with the integrity of the wallpaper - but we had to replace the trim around the floor, and it damaged the bottom part of some portions of the wallpaper. I moved the bed against the peeling piece and it was hidden.
Still…. it bothered me that it was there. I knew the paper was peeling behind the bed, even if nobody else knew.
Here is the original post about this room and the wallpaper.
And if I am being completely honest, it wasn’t just the peeling piece of paper that made me want to take this wallpaper off. I loved the cactus wall but something I didn’t consider is our house is not eclectic, each room flows into the next, and I felt this room was jarring. That feeling combined with the peeling wallpaper piece behind his bed and I was okay with making a change.
There’s a fine line with never being satisfied with the way your home looks, and giving yourself permission to change your home when it’s not working for you anymore. I never want to be the person never satisfied- always switching everything - constantly bringing in new pieces just to get rid of them months later. At the same time, I give myself permission to let the house work for us, and that means it evolves. It means thinking carefully about each piece I bring into my home, buying quality furnishings that will last, but also changing something that doesn’t feel right.
All this to say, we said goodbye to the removable wallpaper. If you are curious about how stick on, removable, or temporary wallpaper looks when it comes off, this is my experience:
I started very slowly, peeling from the top down. The first pieces came off clean. After about the third piece I saw drywall and paint pieces coming up. The drywall made me nervous. So I tried starting at the bottom and went up, slowly peeling it up towards the ceiling. That worked for a bit, and then it pulled the drywall and paint again. So I’m not sure that the direction you pull in matters.
All this to say, if you’re going to put on removable wallpaper, be okay with the fact that you may have to paint the wall after you take down the wallpaper. It’s not a gurantee- half of my pieces came off with no damage - and I don’t know exactly why some pieces peeled off the wall and paint and why other pieces didn’t. This wallpaper was on less than a year.
You can see it’s not disastrous. For me, I will still happily use removable wallpaper again in the future- the damage to Leo’s wall is something I can repair myself for maybe $20 in supplies, since I have the same paint on hand. But you need to have the time and the patience for dealing with that.
The next weekend I patched this up, and then had my painter paint the top half Sherwin Williams Extra White. The bottom he gave a fresh coat of the same color - Sherwin Williams Ice Cube. I snapped a quick picture of how the room looks currently - without art or anything up on the walls yet, just unstaged but already better.
Check back to see how this room ends up! I have been asking for your opinion on my gram stories about which way I should arrange the furniture in here and we are just about done!