I’ve done a bunch of updates on my dark kitchen and they have made a world of difference! This has been a DIY space that I’ve tried to do on a tight budget and I’ve been thrilled with the results so far. But the insides of my cabinets have remained untouched. I thought that wallpaper would add some pattern and lighten them up.
Here’s the kitchen from when we first moved in-
Then, after a bunch of updates, here’s how it currently is looking-
But, I still wasn’t happy with the insides of the cabinets.
To get started, I ordered a bunch of wallpaper samples from A-Street Prints. I knew I wanted pink, so I thought I’d share my favorites in case anyone else is in the market for blush wallpaper.
1 pink whimsy fauna wallpaper / 2 windsong pink crane wallpaper / 3 Ainsley pink boho floral / 4 ophelia pink elephant / 5 Lovebirds Light Pink Folk Stripe / 6 visby Scandinavian wallpaper / 7 Helsing woodland / 8 Arendal terrazzo metallic / 9 peony tree petal by Sarah Richardson
Doesn’t A-Street prints have the cutest selection?! If I had a small room to wallpaper, I’d totally go for the crane wallpaper! My sister has another color way of the Visby Scandinavian wallpaper in her entry and it’s SO cute!
I put my samples in the back of the cabinet to choose my favorite and ended up loving number 7- the Ainsley pink boho floral. I liked the colors, scale, and appreciate the more busy pattern to hide any mistakes since papering inside a cabinet can be tricky.
how to wallpaper cabinets
Let’s start with the video tutorial so you get an overview on what I did. Then, I’ll dive in with more details below:If the video doesn’t work here, you can watch it on YouTube here. P.s. I’m trying to build that page up, so if you’d subscribe, I’d really appreciate that!
- Wallpaper– 1 roll was enough for the inside of my cabinets
- Wallpaper paste
- Straight Edge
- Measuring Tape
- Paint brush
- Wet rag
step 1- measure and cut
Start by measuring the inside of one section of one cabinet. What I found worked best was to cut 2-3 matching pieces for one section, paste it on, and then move to the next section. Say the height for that section is 10″ tall- I’d cut that and then match the wallpaper still on the roll and mark the matched section. Then I’d use my straight edge and a pencil to mark my cut marks and then cut.
When the pieces were cut, I found it helpful to mark the backs with an arrow of which side was the top (with this pattern it was easy to mix up). I’d also mark the back with a number- 1 was the left, 2 was the middle, and 3 was the right.
step 2- fit and paste
Now I had my cut pieces that matched- aka the pattern on the left side of the cabinet, back, and, right side all match up to make a continuous image. Next, I’d take those pieces and hold them up in the cabinet to dry fit them and make sure that they worked. If I needed to make any changes or trim anything, I’d do that.
Since the wallpaper now fit perfectly, it was now time to apply the paste. When I’m wallpapering a wall, I put the paste onto the wall. For this project, I found it easier to paste directly onto the back of the paper. This was especially nice on the higher up cabinets since I had to be on a step stool less time with this method.
step 3- hang the wallpaper
Finally- time to put the wallpaper inside of the cabinet! Start on the left and work to the right. The paper is pasted at this point, so you just need to stick it inside the cabinet. Take your time to nicely match the pattern. Use a rag and wipe up any excess glue.
Then just repeat these steps until all of the cabinets are finished! For me, I had a little 2″ ledge at the top and bottom of the cabinets. It was time consuming to wallpaper that (though it looks good). This was a slow project- at first it took me 30 minutes for each section of the cabinet! But it was definitely worth it!
Here are the cabinets all finished up! When the doors are closed, this is a subtle update- especially in person. Now the cabinets feel less like a dark black hole. Since our kitchen gets very little natural light, anything I can do to lighten it up makes a huge difference!
If you’re interested in wallpapering your cabinets or really any room in your house, I have a giveaway with A-Street prints on my Instagram right now fo 6 rolls of wallpaper in your choice of print! Go here to enter!
Now, I think I have wallpaper in almost every room of my house. I just love the pattern and personality you can get from papering your walls! And once you get the hang of it, it really isn’t that hard. Let me know if you have any wallpaper questions in the comments.
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