For years I have been trying to convince my husband that we should wallpaper one of our walls. We have a wall right in the middle of our living room that would be just perfect. I had visions of chinoiserie patterns dancing like sugar plums inside my head, but I'm about to embark on a stained glass project for my stairs (you can just see them off to the side in some of the pictures) and I thought it might be a bit much.
I resigned myself to never trying the wallpaper trend - but then we went to our local giant hardware store and they had a little section of wallpaper samples. Lots of pretty patterns that looked a bit "much" for what I wanted, but there were some subtle ones too - including a soft cream with little glitter sparkles in it. Did someone say GLITTER?! I coaxed my husband over for a look and nearly fainted when he said he quite liked it and wouldn't mind having a go at putting some up (be still my beating heart). Seeing he'd be hanging it while I supervised, it was good that he was so keen.
So we purchased a couple of rolls of 'Disco Pearl' by Graham and Brown, and a paste kit (paste, roller, brush, tray, smoother) and moved a little bit of furniture - mixed up some paste (under supervision from our sticky beaked (literally) cat who had to check it all out. Fortunately she decided not to taste test after poking her nose in.
Today's wallpaper is a far cry from the wallpapering of 30+ years ago, when we last had a try at the process. No rolling out sheets of paper on a table and painting glue on the back and then trying to put the slightly soggy mess up against the wall.....today you actually just roll some of the paste onto the wall, then starting at the top, roll the paper down the wall and cut it off at the bottom. Smooth over the surface and it's onto the next piece.
One hour later we (hard working husband + supervising wife and cat) had a two metre wall finished (including around the power point) and it was dry and smooth and not a drop of mess in sight. It was completely pain free - the furniture was moved back, picture re-hung and time for a cuppa to admire the result.
It is hard to tell the difference in dull light - it's a very similar colour to our other painted walls, but turn on a light (or bring on some sunshine) and all the little sparkles come out - like a winter wonderland! You can see the sparkles a little bit in the picture above. The whole process was so easy that we're looking at where we can use the left over length - I'm trying to control myself from papering the whole house!