Made it: Framed Wallpaper

Well, it’s done! Our lovely framed wallpaper wall. Annnd: I lurve it.

Our house is sort of awkward. It’s tiny and old with a weird shape. The living room/dining room is long and skinny, and setting up a comfortable space has been a challenge. Especially with this giant wall. Sooo, I gave up on it. Yup. I threw a couple of random frames up there, and let the wall die slowly until I didn’t even care anymore…. That’s a lie though. I do care, and have cared what that wall actually looks like. It’s what you see walking into my home. ::BAM:: Hello boring wall.

I needed a change. That’s where my wallpaper comes into play. Everyone say, “Hello, beautiful wallpaper!” When I was at Alt Summit last January, I met a few HP people. They were lovely. AND, I got a coupon to try out some custom wallpaper! Yup, that wallpaper is custom… my illustrations. It’s so exciting to see my work up on my wall! Next up: my own fabric line errr yeah. Hee.

How we did it:

– Put up your wallpaper (pre-measured/cut to the size you want). This wallpaper is easy to put up… it just requires water. There’s a whole video how-to if you’re interested (and, removing it is just as easy… with water). Siiide note: the video totally shows a lady doing this by herself… ummm. It required both my hubs and myself (along with some cursing). It is simple… but, a pain in my bum.

– Using trim, from a local home supply store, nail in a frame around the installed wallpaper.

– Time to paint the frame! If you have any gaps or spacing, use some caulk to fill the holes in before painting.

– You’re finished! Add some artwork if you’d like. Ta da!

 //Wallpaper c/o: Walls by, Gallery Direct//

We are in no way finished with this room… at all. I’m contemplating painting all my walls white. Crazy right? I just love adding color with accessories, etc. So, we’ll see. Plus, still in the process of working on our fireplace… hoping to be finished with that by fall (yeah).

Annnd. guess what? I have moooore wallpaper. I have all the wallpapers in the world!!! Sorry about that… anyway: it’s for a project we’re waiting to start after the heat wave…. it’s going in the hottest room in the home. I will definitely be sharing that when we’re done!

– Chelsey

P.S. I don’t believe Gallery Direct is set up for custom orders yet, but they will be soon!

Disclosure: I did not receive any payment for writing this post. The opinions expressed herein are mine, and do not reflect the views of the HP and Walls by, Gallery Direct. 


  • Jess Judkins on said:

    You have a painting from the blackapple!!! I LOVE that etsy shop

    • The Paper Mama on said:

      It's a print. And, she lives in Oregon. I bought it right from her… and, I may have completely frozen up… and was silent. I was so excited. ha!

  • paige on said:

    frames inside of a frame on wallpaper. mind blown.
    love this!

  • Eleanor on said:

    I adore the print of your wallpaper. I'd love it in a fabric too! Is there a way to purchase your wallpaper through the site you mentioned?
    Have you heard of this site: You can use your own design to create fabric! So it's similar to your wallpaper. I would love to do it, except I can't decide on a design, ha. Seriously, though, I LOVE yours–so pretty and easy on the eyes, but interesting enough to keep it from getting old, you know. 🙂

  • OT and ET on said:

    Awesome. Awesome possum! It looks fantastic.

  • Jessica on said:

    I've been waiting for this post! It looks great and I love that it's personal. Can't wait to see what you do with the rest of the room. 🙂

  • Mallory on said:

    I've never seen this done before- it looks great. It adds so much more dimension to the room.

  • Chelsea on said:

    It looks awesome! great job!

  • tracy on said:

    Uh, hello?! You need to design wallpaper!! Or fabric! Everyone would buy either/or. Get thee to a textile design class asap!! Love the wallpaper frame. We have a tiny, old house with the bizarrely long living room also- it's a tough one.

    • The Paper Mama on said:

      Those old homes are so awkward! And, thank you! That would be amazing to be a textile designer. <3

  • Kelsey on said:

    Yup. I'm still obsessed with your wall. Love!

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