Apr 3, 2012

Nursery Wallpaper is Up!

I am wallpaper incompetent, as I’ve mentioned before. Combined with being enormous and unable to bend in my third trimester, I am now pretty much useless when it comes to wallpaper installation. Lucky for me, once again my lovely mother took over the process. It wasn’t easy - this particular roll of paper (Woods by Cole & Son) requires special non-staining paste and actual wallpapering tools. Unlike most modern wallpapers that you block in water and smooth on the wall with a sponge, this old fashioned paper can’t get wet. You have to use real tools to smooth it out and it’s very unforgiving. When buying wallpaper, almost every roll out there has the warning “Professional Installation Recommended” so it’s hard to tell which ones are going to be horrible and which ones are going to be fine. I don't recommend this one to anyone without experience.

Despite the finickiness of this paper it was well worth it - the wall looks beautiful! My mom did a fantastic job. It’s even better in person, the photos don’t do it justice. I love how it looks like an enchanted entryway into a storybook forest of trees. The black and white birches have enough boldness and contrast to stand up to the dark espresso furniture in the room without getting lost.

(Updated) To see how the room is going to be laid out, check out the planned nursery layout here.


  1. Would you do the other wall by the window too or just the one wall?

    1. Just the one wall with wallpaper - the wall with the window is going to have a white built-in bookcase that Mike is making over the next few weeks. The room is so small we desperately need the additional storage for toys and books and things!

  2. OMG! That looks amazing!! Thank goodness both our mom's are wallpaper hanging experts!! :) ~shan