How to Wallpaper A Floor – a renter-friendly alternative!

At the risk of sounding absolutely insane, and most likely causing the raising of an eyebrow (or two), I’m here to tell you today that it’s not a myth- you can indeed wallpaper a floor.! 


At the risk of sounding absolutely insane, and most likely causing the raising of an eyebrow (or two), I’m here to tell you today that it’s not a myth- you can indeed wallpaper a floor! 

Everything you need to know about how to wallpaper a floor using contact paper / grillo designs


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Renting as a concept, is great.

It gives you the freedom to live wherever you choose (within your means), you dont have to worry about the cost of general house maintenance and it’s also much cheaper (and easier) to get on the renter ladder than it is the property one.. yada yada (I could go on, except this is a post for another day…) .

There is however, one slightly annoying clause to renting though… and that is the in-ability to decorate how you want. It might feel like your home, but you dont ‘own’ it.

Paint a dark feature wall … know you’ll have to paint it back.

Hang a picture… holes will need to be filled in.

Re-tile the bathroom …  that’s a crazy idea, let’s not carried away now!

New flooring just coz… erm that’s a big no!

Or rather, kind of pointless.

I mean I’m sure there are landlords out there who will be thrilled at the thought of you shelling out on new flooring, as you are essentially adding value to their house , but realistically speaking, unless you’re earning quite a few dosh (and if you are, put that money into saving for your own house!) it’s kind of out of the question .

FIY I’m not talking at you by the way, I’m talking about myself here. Yes I’m the crazy girl who wanted to change her flooring.

It’s kind of hard to photograph, but the flooring in my mini porch entrance was dark, had a million scratches and just generally looked dull and gloomy


How to wallpaper a laminate floor / grillo designs


I really wanted to give the whole area a freshen up, but didn’t feel like what I had in mind would match the floor. Replacing the laminate was a no go…


How to wallpaper a floor in the entrance of your home /How to wallpaper a laminate floor / grillo designs


So.. guess what? I decided I would wallpaper it.

Yup you heard right. Wallpaper it!

And it’s not the first time either. A few years back I did the same thing to my rather ugly kitchen linoleum floor – and loved it! I’ve since moved from that house ( I can tell you now it was a total breeze to pull up), and I’ve been itching to try it again!

Just about the same time I was turning over wallpaper sources in my head, I was approached by a Wallpaper company based in  Los Angeles, called I liked that they had in-house designers for a more customised approach and together we worked to create a gorgeous print for my floor.

Heres another sneak peek.


Tips on how to wallpaper a floor with contact paper / grillo designs



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  • I wouldn’t really advice large spaces for this concept.  The smaller the better i.e. Utility room,  toilet, bathroom, porch (foyer)etc.
  • Ensure the flooring surface is flat and smooth before applying the wallpaper covering i.e fill in any imperfections with wood filler or sand if needed.
  • I actually used a wallpaper with an adhesive backing in this tutorial. Its known as contact paper in the US but here in the UK  we often refer to it as Fablon or sticky back Vinyl.  If you are using standard wallpaper without a sticky back, you’ll need PVA (modpodge glue) or wallpaper glue to stick it down (see my previous post)

I think that’s it.. so lets get down to the nitty gritty!






And here are all the steps!


1.Clean your surface well before applying the wallpaper (contact paper)

2.Measure and cut out the length of wallpaper you need. I admit to not completing this step initially as DesignYourWall had sent the exact fit for me (although slightly larger)


contact paper used to wallpaper a floor/ grillo designs


3. Peel back the backing of the wallpaper bit by bit and line it up against the edge of your floor. Use the other hand to  smooth out the paper with the card as you go. If you find air bubbles appear just lift the contact paper back up and smooth it out again.

4. Once the paper is in place, use an xacto knife and/or scissors to remove excess wallpaper and  neaten up the corners and edges.


Remove the edges of the contact paper when you wallpaper a floor / grillo designs


5. Optional: Give the floor a light sanding with 220 – 280 fine sandpaper.

6. Vacuum up at any residue/dust.


wallpaper a floor - vacuum up at dust residue / grillo designs


7. Finally the floor needs to be sealed. Open a can of clear polyurethane and stir well. For best results, use a floor pad ( I used a paint brush) and apply it to the floor with long, even strokes. Let the floor dry for approximately four hours between coats.

(If you’re a UK reader, here is the exact source for this floor varnish)


Sealing the floor is the last step in this wallpaper a floor tutorial / grillo designs


You need at least 3 coats for a good seal. Make sure to leave the floor for at least 48hr to cure before moving in furniture. If in doubt, follow the instructions on the back of the can!


Here is the floor, 3 coats later


how to wallpaper a floor as a renter / grillo designs

Easy way to wallpaper a floor in a rental / grillo designs


Furniture in – including the bench I made earlier this year and done!


How to wallpaper a floor in a porch entrance / grillo designs


Didn’t I tell you it was super easy!!


Here are some more pretty after shots of this entrance makeover.

I’ll be writing another post in a few days with a few more pictures and sources for some of the decor I used, so watch this space!


Renter friendly tips on how to wallpaper a floor / grillo designs


How to wallpaper a floor tutorial / grillo designs


Wallpaper a floor in a rented home / grillo designs


Wallpaper a floor for with modern contact paper / Grillo Designs



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  1. This is so awesome! I am married to a career officer in the Army (in the U.S.) and are always renting due to our military lifestyle of moving every couple of years. I hate not being able to make the house creatively mine because we rent but this seems like an amazing doable and creative thing that I can actually do… Now I just need to convince my husband that is doable and removable! I love it!!! (Also am excited to check out the wallpaper website. I also have gotten into flipping furniture so I’m excited to see what wallpaper I can find to add to my furniture flips!) I love your bench too btw and can’t wait to make one for my next (rental) house! ❤️

  2. I wallpapered a small entryway floor about 40 years ago.

    At the time, the advice I received was that ONLY an uncoated paper would work for this, because an coating would prevent an overcoat of polyurethane from adhering properly.

    So I got a roll of plain rice-paper pattern, laid it down, put six coats of polyurethane on top (with drying time in between). That worked perfectly–was still fine when I left the house 12 years later–and FAR cheaper than retiling the blessed floor.

    So is the advice I got about using a porous, uncoated, unsealed wallpaper still sound?

    Because there’s this horrible parquet floor in the dining room…………

  3. There is contact paper, there is regular wall paper and there is peel and stick paper, which is best to use? Contact paper is hard to work with for me so could use help with this

  4. This is brilliant! It looks great, and I’m inspired to try my own renters contact paper diy in my kitchen. Thanks for the post!

  5. I’m super anxious to see how it hold us to foot traffic. How did it do at your other place? Thanks for the diy!

  6. This looks great, thanks for a very clear & detailed write up. Do you have any idea how long it lasts and/or how easy it is to get off?

    1. Hi Lo. When you remove it you will need to apply heat (so use a hair dryer) and then you will need to remove the sticky residue so you can use a steamer or other products for this. With regards to how long this lasts, Ill keep you updated!

  7. This is amazing.
    Just wondering, is sticky back Vinyl just normal vinyl that you’d find in flooring stores/online?
    I hate my bathroom vinyl, so Im looking to replace it. But the sticky vinyls I’m looking at look thicker than the paper you’ve used.

    1. Hi Murcilla. To be honest not really. I think what you are referring to is linoleum flooring . What I’m referring to is a fablon type material and is quite thin. Lino is great but the don’t have a lot of variety in styles. Also maybe a lot more expensive than fablon.

  8. I absolutely love this idea. I’m not a fan usually of geometric designs but you may have just converted me, that floor looks fantastic.

    Love the bench too!

  9. Thank you for sharing at The Creative Circle link party! This fantastic DIY is my featured pick this week. I mean I would’ve never thought of wallpapering the floor, just brilliant. Stop by and check it out!

  10. This is THE coolest thing I think I have seen in a long time. It is such a great idea to create a space that feels like your own which can be hard to do when you are renting.
    First time visitor, think I will get a cup of coffee and click on more links. 🙂

  11. This is literally the best thing I’ve read in AGES!!!!!! Ohmygoodness Medina — I LOVE it. I’ve wallpapered a ceiling (in the house we’re in at the moment actually) — but I’ve never wallpaper a floor. This is FAB. Well done chickie — amazing job. Thanks so much for sharing on #HomeEtc

  12. You never cease to amaze me! It looks fabulous and is such a bright update for your entryway. I’m sure pulling it up will be a breeze, and you’re smart not to spend your hard earned money upgrading someone else’s property. This is a solution that I’m sure many renters will be jumping at to try. Beautiful!

  13. I love the wallpaper you have chosen Medina, your floor looks gorgeous. I’m going to have to try this one day, the trouble is I know I won’t be able to decide on a wallpaper.

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