Now, this is the story all about how our bedroom wall got turned up side down! And I’d like to take a minute just sit right there, I’ll tell you how we recovered from this absolute nightmare! That was just for your Fresh Prince fans out there! .. but, that’s enough frivolity .. this is no laughing matter 😉
Our bedroom redecorating has been an ongoing project for a while now. It’s a case of finding the right things, time to get it done and fixing the mistakes we’re making along the way! Like wallpapering this feature wall with this glitter wallpaper. But sometimes what seems a disaster at the time can be the best thing to happen to you. Let me explain.
The truth about glitter wallpaper
We’ve used glitter wallpaper from Glitter Bug Wall Paper before – you can check out our hallway here. And we absolutely love it!! Really, we do!! And I would highly recommend anyone to have this in their home. What we don’t love is putting it up. It wasn’t too bad in the hallway as many of the joins were in the corners. But, this one in the bedroom? Not so much!! In fact, it was smack bang in the middle of the wall. And whatever we tried, we just could NOT get the join to be straight.
For those of you not familiar with this wallpaper, it comes on a fabric roll. Any joins are made by using a “double cutting” technique with a sharp blade. Which.is.hard…!! Short version, if you’re using this .. for your own sanity .. and your marriage .. get an experienced wallpaper hanging person!!
We got the first bit up fine ..
The second bit .. was BAD .. So bad in fact that we decided we couldn’t leave it. There was no hiding it and it would have always stood out. I mean, you could get a train through there .. There was only one thing for it …
That’s right .. we pulled it ALL down.
Oh, I forgot to mention, you put this wallpaper up with a PVA type glue. So of course it pulled the paint right off with it too .. Just marvelous!! You know when you start a project and you’re supposed to make progress? We were worse off at the end of the day than when we started it. It was not a good weekend!!
how we rescued it!
OK, so back to the drawing board. We looked at alternative wallpaper samples. But we kept coming back to the glitter paper .. there had to be a way around it.
Pinterest was consulted (of course!!) and panelled walls seemed a great alternative. Now, I’d like to take the credit for the next bit, but Rob came up with the idea of wallpapering the glitter paper inside the panels. Genius!! All the benefit of the glitter wallpaper with none of the joins!!
And so here’s what we did ..
Creating your panelled wall
We measured the wall and decided on the rough size of the squares we wanted to have. B&Q did a great job cutting the MDF strips to size. All we had to do was cut them into slightly smaller pieces with a small saw. First we created the border all around the wall. Like this:
Next, we placed the vertical pieces in the middle of the wall, and then in the middle again. (We put the television bracket up first and worked around it!) Until we got this:
Which left creating the squares with the smaller horizontal pieces. Here’s me pretending to do all the hard work 😉
Making it all pretty
Once it was all glued in place (with No Nails) and dried, we painted the MDF with a suitable white paint.
The inside of the squares was also painted white with emulsion to avoid any colour peeping through when we’re putting the wallpaper up.
Rob then cut the wallpaper in the size of the squares.
And this is what we ended up with!
We’ve got panels, we’ve got glitter and most important of all?? .. we’ve got no joins!!
We’re lucky with the television too – our airing cupboard is right behind our wall so any leads are pulled through the wall and hiding in there.
The chest of drawers is a simple one from Ikea which fits perfectly!
I can’t show you all of the bedroom yet while we’re putting some finishing touches to it, but you can check out how I painted an old dresser in our bedroom here.
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