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Updating Your Apartment

Renters, like myself, do not always have it easy when it comes to showcasing personality in our homes. We have rules and guidelines that must be followed, which do not allow our creative juices to really show. We recently moved into a new duplex and I knew I really wanted this to be my first home I took the time, energy, and unfortunately the money to make look really good. The problem was I was still renting and I couldn’t paint or do anything that would permanently effect the house. This is how my research started on ways to spruce up my rental. We all know most apartments come in a plain-jane eggshell or light gray paint color on every single wall. I don’t know about you, but I can’t stand eggshell! So, I searched the internet & came across the perfect solution….REMOVABLE WALLPAPER!! This was the perfect invention for renters or really anyone that likes to change their home decor often. You’re able to wallpaper an accent wall or entire room, and peel it off without damaging the underlying walls. PERFECT!!

After you have found the perfect print of removable wallpaper (we found ours at anewall.com), it’s time to measure your wall so you know exactly how much to order. Both rooms in our home that we have temporary wallpaper on are just “accent walls”. This is where you only feature the wallpaper or decals on one wall in the room. In my opinion, this is a great way to add personality and color/print into a room without overwhelming it & your pocketbook lol. Once you have your measurements, submit & order your wallpaper! I do want to say when I ordered mine, I added a few extra inches so that I had some “forgiveness” if I was to mess up.

Once you’re wallpaper arrives, it’s time to prep the wall. Take a dry, clean cloth and wipe the entire wall so you have a nice starting base. The ANEWALL panels we used came numbered on the back in chronological order from left to right. This way you knew where to start and what went next. The first thing we did was lay out all the panels, well at least the first few since they were so large from the wall we were doing. Luckily since we were wallpapering our bedroom, I had our king bed to lay out the panels on three at a time, and this made it really organized. When you have your first panel ready to hang starting to the left, make sure to leave a small overhang at the top. This prevents gapping due to an uneven ceiling. Trust me, we learned this the hard way on the very first room we did this in. The best part of this removable wallpaper is that if it’s not lined up right, you can remove it and do it again. They are repositionable! Once you have it where you want it, take a credit card or squeegee to get out any air bubbles and smooth the paper onto wall. When you get to the bottom, use an exacto knife to cut the excess off at the trim. This is also what you will be doing with the overhang you left at the top for each panel.

Tip- Remove any electric socket or light switch covers so you can wallpaper over and then cut hole out of wallpaper and put your cover back on. This way you don’t accidentally mess up trying to trace the cover and tear one of your panels.

Follow your wallpaper instructions when it comes to putting up the remaining panels. ANEWALL instructions told us to overlay 2 inches of the next panel on the existing panel for each one. We also had a vibrant print for this wallpaper as you can see, so it was quite easy to know exactly where the 2 inches fell & where they correctly matched up. Once you hang the first few panels up, you really get the hang of it. We had a great system going by panel 3 where Eric did the hanging, I laid the panels out and prepared for the next one, while also handing him the tools he needed at time. I was his little assistant lol!

Tip- You will definitely need a sturdy ladder if you’re working on a full wall.

It really is an easy process to do and completely updates your home! This will definitely be something I continue to do whether I’m a renter or owner. You’re able to turn a dull, boring room into something fun & interesting without having to prime, paint, and/or damage walls. That’s a win-win for me!

Tip- We did this on the back wall of the bedroom, which is the wall you see in front of you when walking into the room. It’s a great attention grabber!
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