We’ve come a long way since that photo! We did keep the existing marble tile (and had the grout refreshed), but the walls have changed A LOT.
I spent the most time choosing this wallpaper. The reason I was so indecisive was since we did the the turquoise floor in the room right beside the entry, I didn’t want anything super loud or colorful because the floor is already SO bold. But I also didn’t want it to be boring. So it look a LONG TIME to find the perfect paper. I’m so glad I let it stay unfinished for six months because eventually we did find the perfect one.
What we ended up choosing is from Juju Papers. It’s handmade in Portland and really beautiful in person. It’s gold foiled, but not super shiny. I can’t wait for you to see the finished photos because these photos are only from my phone and don’t even do the space justice.
I posted this photo midway through the process because I was excited about the former wallpaper being covered and our new pink door, but I think I accidentally misled some people because it LOOKS like we were painting over wallpaper. I would actually never recommend painting over wallpaper unless it’s so old that it might be a safety concern.
In this photo they were patching over a few holes and the wall where the chair rails used to be, and then it was primed so that the old pattern would not show through the wallpaper. This is normal. In each room they basically diagnose whether you can prime and cover the paper or if it needs to be removed. It just depends on the condition of your old paper.
I have gotten a lot of questions about DIYing wallpaper, and I honestly think it’s one of the things that you should not DIY. The paper is typically more expensive than the install. So DIYing the install is so risky. If you mess up, you could potentially ruin a lot of good paper and waste even more money. And after watching three rooms in our home be wallpapered, I can see how incredibly technical the whole process is. Very tedious!
Oh! And if you live in the Nashville area and need a wallpaper install recommendation, you can email me! elsie AT abeautifulmess DOT com. I am happy to share my source with you. (I love them!!)
Here’s a photo from install day.
Happy doesn’t even begin to describe it! Since this is the first room you see when you walk in the house, it REALLY changed the space. Jeremy was so happy as well. It feels so much closer to complete now… it’s just crazy!
(Sorry to repeat the same pic again.)
I didn’t really talk about the pink door and that just doesn’t seem right! We’ve only painted the inside of it so far. I’m really glad we decided on pink. It really fits the space and makes it feel so personalized. I have this super cool door hardware in the closet. It was actually one of the first things I bought before we moved (I was WAY over eager, you guys), and I can’t wait to finally put it to good use.
Next up – hang our mirror, put down a rug, do a little styling and CALL IT DONE. It’s so close.