Let me start off by saying, Eric despises hanging wallpaper. He complains that it is time consuming, finicky and difficult. If he was writing this post, he would warn you to avoid wallpaper at all cost.
Despite Eric’s aversion to wallpaper, I managed to convince him to paper the back of our old IKEA Billy bookshelf with leftovers from our front entrance. Although the project was relatively straight forward and we managed to complete it last Sunday night on a whim, the final project turned out far from perfect.
Forget about how Eric feels about wallpaper… Isn’t this paper the most delicious design? I know it has been used to death around the internets but I just can’t get enough of it!
As luck would have it, I completely forgot to take a before picture of the bookshelf. I blame the prego brain. What respectful blogger starts a DIY project without taking a before picture?
The picture above is the best I can do for a before picture. Unfortunately, from this angle, you can’t really see the shelves or how dark they were. You will just have to take my word for it. The shelves were D-A-R-K and difficult to photograph.
Here’s the photo from the IKEA webpage to give you a better Idea of what the shelf looked like before:
After convincing Eric this project was a good idea, The next step was to take the shelf apart so we could wallpaper Billy’s cheap cardboard backing. In retrospect, we probably should’ve primed the shelf backing before applying the wallpaper.
Eric slapped the wallpaper on the cardboard backing and we got ready to put the bookshelf back together.
By morning we had problem. The wallpaper didn’t stick along the seam and as a result, it shrunk and left a gap. Eric thinks that the shelf back was too smooth for the wallpaper to stick. As a result, the wallpaper shrunk, leaving a gap at the seam.
In this photo, you can see the gap in the seam just above the green cookbook. To compensate for the gap, I strategically palced books, picture frames and vases.
In the end, this project didn’t turn out perfectly. Despite the minor flaw, I think it looks much better. Since there is no before photo, you are just going to have to trust me on this one. Meanwhile, Eric cannot believe that he agreed to wallpaper a whole new wall in the baby’s room. Completing this project simply reaffirmed that wallpaper is the most difficult DIY project to take on.