Installing Traditional Wallpaper/Week five One Room Challenge

Well, folks, we’ve made it to week five. YAY! The weeks have once again flown by. This One Room Challenge has had a unique twist for me as it’s in my daughter’s home, so traveling to Chicago from West Michigan has added its own challenges and lack of sleep (bonus for the extra time together, though). On the plus side, I’ve had more muscle in the form of my daughter and son-in-law, which came in really handy this week with hanging the wallpaper.

Note: The wallpaper in this post is sponsored by Milton & King but the opinions are 100 percent my own.

The home office is a great place for a bold wallpaper choice.

A home office is a great place for a bold wallpaper choice.

Easy tips for hanging pasted wallpaper even if you are a rookie:

You’ll need:

  • Wallpaper

  • Wallpaper paste (a quality fungicide protected, tub adhesive)

  • Measuring tape

  • Scissors

  • Paint roller, paint tray, and paintbrush

  • Straight Edge

  • Sponge

  • Pencil

  • Level or Plumb-bob

  • X-acto knife (with ample blades)

  • Smoothing tool


  • Plan your wall– Accent or entire wall? Ceiling? Measure the height and width of the area you choose. It’s helpful always to buy a little more than you need. Milton & King has a calculator on their website that is extremely useful.

  • Prepare the wall– Fill in any holes. Lightly sand and smooth any imperfections. Wipe the wall down with a damp rag. Be sure to remove any light switch and electrical outlet panels and cover the outlets with electrical tape for safety.

  • Apply the paste: When using Paste-the-Wall wallpaper (which we chose from Milton & King), the paste is rolled on the wall before hanging each strip. This wallpaper is made with a special backing that does not expand when wet; therefore, it does not need to soak as with other application methods. Using paste-the-wall wallpaper can cut your hanging time in half since the wallpaper does not need to soak prior to hanging; it can be hung easily and quickly.

  • Hang Wallpaper- Be sure to start at the top and work your way down. As you place the paper on the wall, use your hand as a guide as you make your way down, smoothing as you go. Use a plastic wallpaper smoother to get out any bumps or ripples in the wallpaper in a downward motion. Once the paper is flat and smooth, you can use the Exacto blade to cut any excess at the bottom.

  • Trim/Cut-Use a utility knife to cut the excess paper along with the ceiling and floor and around any windows.

Preparing to wallpaper with traditional paper

So let’s talk about this wallpaper choice for the home office and how easy it was to get it on the wall. I have hung removable wallpaper at my own house, but the walls in my daughter’s 100-year-old home are not as smooth as mine, so we decided on a traditional wallpaper in their home office. It sounds intimidating, but it truly wasn’t. In addition, the feel and quality of the traditional paper was much more substantial than removable paper. I think in the future. I am a convert.

Prepping wall.

Prepping wall.

Wallpaper Paste

Wallpaper Paste

Preparing to paste the wall.

Preparing to paste the wall.

First roll is up

The first roll is up.

Trimming the bottom.

Trimming the bottom.

Trimming around the outlets

Trimming around the outlets

Smoothing out bumps and ripples

Smoothing out bumps and ripples

Calling it a day!

Calling it a day!

How to Install Traditional Wall Paper

We love the bold cactus wallpaper in this space and are excited to style it for the big reveal next week! Please grab a cup of coffee or glass of wine and take a peek at the amazing spaces the featured designers and the guest participants are working on. I am truly in awe.

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Until next time,


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  1. Joannie says:

    Such a statement paper Libbie! Love it!

  2. That wallpaper is awesome!! Now I want some cactus wallpaper! And kudos to the hanger…the seams look so good. This long distance thing works for you, Libbie….care to do an Atlanta-Michigan consult? XO ~~ Susie from Chelsea Project

  3. Alyssa says:

    Wow that wallpaper is such a showstopper!! And a great way to jazz up an office space. I cannot wait to see how you style it and see the final revel! Your daughter is lucky to have your design skills!

  4. Angela says:

    I have cactus wallpaper, too! How fun! Can’t wait to see how this turns out! 🙂


    That is such a great focal pattern for your room. I have to say wallpapering is not my favorite task, and I have not done it in years, but you guys make it look easy.

  6. Terri O'Connor says:

    So bold and cool! Love it!

  7. Pamela says:

    Such rich, pretty colors! Looks awesome!

  8. Mary says:

    Wow that is going to be one gorgeous room. I love those bold colors on the wallpaper.

  9. Jess says:

    I love the wallpaper and how it really creates a vibrant look to the room, the green painted walls are perfect next too it. I have never put up wallpaper, but you did a great job!

  10. I love wallpaper and I hung plenty of it years ago. Now that wallpaper is back in trend I might have to give this a try!

  11. Johanna says:

    I’ve never hung wallpaper in my life! This is so cool to see and I love the paper that was chosen.

  12. michelle james says:

    What a statement piece this wallpaper is! I love the colors. 🙂

  13. Maria says:

    Lovely job! Great color on that wallpaper

  14. I’ve always thought that hanging wallpaper would be such a daunting task but you make it look so easy! And this wallpaper gets ALL the heart eye emojis!

    • Libbie Burling says:

      Thank you!! It was so much easier than I expected. I’m so happy we chose to go with traditional paper. xx

  15. Melanie says:

    Great wallpaper and how fun doing with your daughter! Just bought some peel and stick wallpaper.
    xx Melanie

  16. Meegan says:

    Oh my goodness! I am loving the colors, patterns and textures. Absolutely stunning.
    Definitely magazine worthy.

  17. Liz says:

    Awesome tutorial! I don’t think I have enough attention to detail to do it that well though 🙂

  18. Ali B says:

    The color and pattern are so fun! I can’t wait to see the completed room!

  19. Sarah says:

    Wow, that wallpaper is gorgeous! I love the colors and your instructions are so easy to follow. I hope they enjoy their home office.

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