It’s finally here! The Marimekko wallpaper has taken up residence on my walls! Thanks to my awesome mother who came to visit over the weekend, we got down to business and wallpapered the heck out of my hallway.
When I first decided to wallpaper, I thought I would do it myself. I was all, how hard could it be? Then I taped a length of paper up on the wall to see how it would look, and just wrestling to get it up there and back down without damaging the paper or killing myself made me realize one thing: I need my mother.
My mom is world-renowned for many things, and just one of them is Wallpaper Champion of Western Pennsylvania, 1970 – 1990. I have many early childhood memories of going to relatives’ houses and hanging out for the day while my mom hung wallpaper in their homes. Back then, and in fact up until a couple months ago, I always thought, why don’t they hang their own wallpaper? What’s the big deal, and what do they need my mother for? Now I get it.
Now it was my turn to be freaked out by The Paper, and once again my mom came to the rescue. But bonus! She also shared all her wallpaper wisdom with me. I’m proud to report that by the end of our project (actually, by about halfway through), I was feeling quite confident with the whole wallpaper business. It’s definitely a two-person job (especially for beginners) but it’s really not difficult at all once you get the hang of it and if you have the right tools. Wallpaper has made a major comeback recently, so if you’re one of those people who’s been coveting the paper but feeling intimidated by it all, I say go for it. It’s really not that bad!
I love, love, love, love, love LOVE how the hallway turned out. When we started putting the paper up I was still worried that it would be too crazy. We thought we might do just one accent wall to tone down the crazy quotient, and in fact after completing the first wall we almost decided to stop there. But then we decided to go for it, and we did all four walls of the hallway – and we were both so glad we did. It looks super, super cool and I kind of just want to live in my little entryway for the rest of my life.
I’ll do a full photo reveal of the whole shebang once I finish hanging light fixtures and whatnot. (PS, the big fabric thing hanging on the wall that you see in the mirror is the Marimekko fabric panel I’m hanging above the sofa. Right now it’s tacked up on the wall college-dorm-tapestry style, but that’s just temporary so I could be sure I like it. I’ll be mounting and hanging it properly soon.)
Also, in case you’re wondering – yes, I rent my apartment, and no, I don’t care. Sometimes I just have to be a rebel. A wild, crazy, wallpaper-hanging rebel. Living on the edge, people. The edge!