Many people dismiss the idea of kitchen wallpaper, but in fact it could be an easy way to update the heart of the home. A less expensive option than tiles, kitchen wallpaper and kitchen wall murals are an effortless way to add some personality to your walls. Discover tips on how to hang kitchen wallpaper below.
Kitchen wallpaper tools & materials
First, select your wallpaper design and colour, and order enough wallpaper to cover your wall. If you need help you can email email@example.com with the width x height of your wall and we can calculate a roll estimate for you.
What you will need:
- A sharp pair of scissors and a knife to cut the wallpaper lengths
- A pencil and spirit level to make sure wallpaper strips are applied straight
- A measuring tape to measure the right length of the wallpaper strips to cover your wall
Image: Tropical Shore wallpaper in Berry by Wallpaper + Folk for FEATHR
How to hang kitchen wallpaper
Mark the walls using your pencil and spirit level to ensure straight wallpaper strips application. It's very important to get the first strip perfectly straight.
- FEATHR wallpapers are a paste the wall product. The paste needs to be applied directly on the wall, not the back of the wallcovering. Use a good quality paste for non-woven wallcovering. All purpose and heavy duty pastes are not suitable. Apply the paste evenly to the wall to an area slightly wider than the width of the roll.
- Check design direction prior to hanging. Hang wallpaper one length at a time. Press the dry lengths onto the wall with a soft brush.
- Work from the centre to the edges of the wallpaper to remove any bubbles. Avoid squeezing paste out of joins, as it can damage the surface. Wipe off any paste while still moist, using a clean damp sponge. Do not rub.
- Trim top and bottom with a sharp knife. See more kitchen wallpaper hanging tips here.
Image: Enlightened Love wallpaper in Sage by Amber Goldhammer for FEATHR
Kitchen wallpaper with Decorator’s Varnish
Decorator’s varnish is a great option for waterproofing kitchen wall murals and wallpaper. The clear acrylic varnish uses nano-technology to protect the wallpaper surface. You can waterproof any type of kitchen wallpaper with decorator's varnish. The varnish usually comes in three finishes: gloss, satin and matt.
How to apply Decorator’s Varnish:
- First wipe the wall you want to cover with a clean rag. Remove any dirt or grease that could affect the finish.
- Put enough decorator's varnish to cover the wall into a bucket. You can brush or spray the varnish, but don’t roll it on with a paint roller as you will not get the needed results. If brushing, use a high-quality synthetic-bristle brush, as the varnish is water-based.
- Start brushing from the top of the wall, brushing parallel to the ceiling. After covering an area approx 15cm wide, start brushing with long, vertical brushstrokes. Stroke upwards, finishing the stroke on the existing varnish, to help prevent drips.
- If you are spraying the varnish, first mask the ceiling with masking paper and tape, and cover the floor with plastic. Spray frequently to keep the pressure high, either vertically or horizontally. Keep the tip at least 6 inches from the wall to prevent drips.
- Wait for the decorator’s varnish to dry (from 2 to 4 hours), then repeat. Repeat once more if needed.
Image: Layered With Love wallpaper in Sand by Lyra Morgan for FEATHR
Vinyl kitchen wallpaper
All FEATHR wallpapers are also available on vinyl - it’s a hardwearing washable wallpaper for kitchens and can withstand wear and tear very well. The surface is also wipeable, which makes it particularly suitable for kitchens and bathrooms. where condensation occurs and can be a problem, because the vinyl creates a good water-resistant surface.
Image: Oh La La Verdgris wallpaper by Kiki Slaughter for FEATHR
Check out the full FEATHR wallpaper range for more kitchen wallpaper ideas.