We’ve been working really hard on our little home and I’m dying to share all the details (plus way too many pics) with you. That being said, we’re nowhere near “reveal-ready” yet. I know what you’re thinking; “clearly you haven’t been working all that hard then” but in reality? We’ve been agonizing over every little decision (um, decorating is expensive) and that’s what’s really been holding us up – well, that and my penchant for falling head over heels in love with pieces on back-order although, given the terrible luck we’ve had with that (delivery of a lamp and a desk has been pushed out so many times that the first has actually gone astray and the second won’t be here until 2018) I think I may have learned my lesson.
I we knew we definitely wanted in the new house however, was an accent wall. I don’t know about you but I’ve been crushing on wallpaper for years so as soon as we decided to purchase a place of our own, I started “googling.” At first, all I could find were traditional papers which we weren’t all that keen on since old-school paper installation and removal is so tedious that you really have to be ready to commit – like, for life! Thankfully, I ended up stumbling across the perfect solution on Lulu & Georgia; Tempaper. Given how happy I am with my experience using Tempaper and just how many questions I’ve received since posting the final result to Insta-Stories I thought I’d share a little more about the process/brand.
Why: Made here in the US, Tempaper is a self adhesive, repositionable, removable and eco-friendly wallpaper (seriously, leave it up for a few days or a few years – the choice is yours) available in a ton of chic, contemporary and colorful styles – right now you can choose from 125 different prints or create your own custom look.
How: Essentially a gigantic sticker, you simply peel away the back liner until about a foot of the sticky underside is left exposed. From there, you carefully move the paper into position and once you’re pleased with how it’s lining up (i.e that the paper itself is 1. straight and 2. neatly lining up with any walls or paper previously installed) you simply smooth it on down. Once this is done, you continue to peel away the back liner in sections allowing the paper to continue falling naturally against the wall before pressing firmly against it to secure in place. Apart from that, the best advice I could possibly give you is this; watch the brand’s DEMO video and make sure you bribe a buddy to give you a helping hand. (Note: The Tempaper squeegee – $4.99 – is designed specifically to help smooth out air bubbles and guide paper into trickier corners. Unfortunately in the chaos of moving, I mislaid mine and found it again about a week after installation. Personally, I would have liked to have had it but it certainly wasn’t necessary either.)
The Reality: An extremely clever product, Tempaper is the perfect choice for renters, commitment-phobes and design enthusiasts alike. Sadly however, it seems to have suffered the same fate as every other much-hyped book, movie, restaurant or series. In other words, having read reviews before and after using Tempaper I couldn’t help but feel that people had mistakenly considered it some miracle product and therefore been left disappointed by it. Am I jumping to conclusions? Possibly but only because I very nearly fell into the same trap. Luckily, I read an embarrassing number of reviews and knew what to expect i.e. . . .
* Not wallpaper but temporary wallpaper – in other words you can’t expect the same texture/finish as regular paper.
* A little-effort as opposed to zero effort install – this one will require both your time and patience especially if, like me, you have an older home (ours was built in the 1800s) boasting lots of character including walls that are nowhere near straight! That being said, many other removable wallpapers utilize an adhesive that must be. mixed with water before it’ll actually “stick” which makes the process much messier and much more annoying.
If you ask me, these are the two most important things to note before investing in Tempaper. If you’re honestly okay with both then I say go for it – just don’t forget to set aside a weekend for your install (you may not need a whole weekend but I’m no DIY expert so I always appreciate having ample time to tackle projects such as this) and have a bottle of red handy so you can toast the results!
The Final Verdict: Personally, I couldn’t be happier with our little statement wall or our decision to use Tempaper. Would I use it again? Would I recommend it to a friend? Yes and yes!