Bringing Happy to a Home Laundry Room

This home in Kingwood (far northeast Houston) was damaged by flooding during Hurricane Harvey, so the bottom portion of the walls had to be torn out and replaced. The repaired laundry room was functional, but not very inviting.

This cheery pattern changed all that!

The light black pen & ink-like images on a white background add whimsy and really brighten the room. I don’t think anyone would mind spending time in here on Laundry Day!

The motifs remind me of dandelions that have died and dried, that you puff on to make a wish.

The wallpaper is by York, in their Sure Strip line, which is one of my favorites. It is a pre-pasted paper, and is designed to strip off the wall easily and in one piece when it’s time to redecorate.

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2 Responses to “Bringing Happy to a Home Laundry Room”

  1. Emma Says:

    When you hung the sure strip wallpaper, did you encounter any issues with not enough paste around the edges? I’m going to be hanging sure strip in my nursery for the first time soon and I’ve heard complaints about edges peeling up, so I’m nervous!

    • thewallpaperlady Says:

      Hi Emma. Thanks for reading my blog! I love SureStrip – one of my favorites, actually. If you are DIYing, you should have a rather easy go of it.
      To be honest, I usually roll a THIN coat of paste on the wall, and also cut in along ceiling, floor, and corners with a brush. This adds just a little extra assurance.
      You would just need a gallon. Look for 780 or 785 by Sure Stik, or 838 by Roman’s. I would not use 880 or 234.
      Keep in mind that this voids their claim that the paper will strip off easily when you want to change the décor. But I’d rather know the paper is up securely, than worry about eight years down the road. Besides, if you know proper removal techniques, you won’t have trouble taking it down later.
      Also, while we’re on the topic of proper techniques … be sure you prep the wall correctly. Smooth any texture, remove all dust, and use a primer made for WALLPAPER. There is a good chance that those people who had trouble with seams were trying to hang on cheap flat latex paint, and it sucked off all the paste.
      I like Roman’s Pro 977 Ultra Prime, if you can find it. If you have a porous surface, Gardz is excellent. (It’s runny, so roll on carefully.) Some of my colleagues use Fresh Start from Benjamin Moore, or also 123 by Zinsser. Those are not wallpaper primers, but they seem to work for my buddies.
      I would not suggest R-35 or Rx-35.
      Let me know how it turns out!

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