My husband thought I was crazy for wanting to decorate our utility room. It's an otherwise boring and mundane area one could easily overlook. But I love the welcoming feel of a decorated laundry room / utility room / storage space. It makes the area so inviting, which really can't hurt when it comes to laundry and housework-related spaces.
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I gathered my favorite elements from each picture and decided on what I specifically wanted in my pantry/laundry/utility room: • beadboard • shelves • baskets (lots of them!) • soft light fixture • wallpaper
Fortunately, our home was built with the pantry shelves. Such an awesome bonus! The floors were also existing, which I love having (easy to clean + pretty contrast).
The first step was installing the beadboard. My husband is so good to me, and he sacrificed time out of his busy schedule to install and paint them. We decided not to extend the beadboard between the shelves because, honestly, it would have been a lot of work!
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I picked out my wallpaper (see pic above) at Target. It was very affordable- around $30 a roll. Since half of our accent wall was taken with beadboard, I figured I would have a little left over to hang above the washer and dryer.
Here's where it gets sticky (pardon the pun). Wallpaper is just not an easy task. I knew this going in, but I thought surely my perfectionism coupled with my husband's expertise would give us a leg up. I was wrong!
We got one strip up with no problem. When we went to hang the other strip, we realized the pattern repeat was not designed so you could just start back up right next to where you left off. So instead, we decided to overlap it.
Worst idea yet. The paper crumpled and was uneven in places, and the more we took it off and re-adhered it, the more it damaged the existing paper and the new strip. We gave up after that.
But I'm determined to finish this project. I think it will look great if I do a little more measuring and tweaking. (And I will probably have to buy a second roll of wallpaper!)
What about you? Have you ever tried wallpaper, temporary or regular? I would love to hear your tips and tricks!