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! 

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

 

Thanks to DesignYourWall.com for partnering with me on this project.



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 DesignYourWall.com. 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

 

MATERIALS NEEDED TO WALLPAPER A FLOOR

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A FEW THINGS TO KNOW BEFORE YOU WALLPAPER A FLOOR

  • 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!

 

STEPS: HOW TO WALLPAPER A FLOOR

HERE’S THE VIDEO TUTORIAL!

 

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

 

 

Watch the Video

 

***This post was sponsored by DesignYourWall.com – you can visit their online store to browse all their fabulous wallpaper, mural and contact paper selections. I only partner with brands I LOVE and think you will LOVE too!  All ideas, photos and opinions are 100% my own

 

 

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Comments

  1. Rheanna

    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!

  2. DeDe

    I LOVE LOVE LOVE LOVE this idea!!!! Thank you for sharing!!

    1. Ahh I’m so glad you like it!

  3. Cat

    So amazing that the land lord gave you permission. Looks gorgeous.

  4. Lo

    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!

  5. Murcilla Mosleh

    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. Murcilla Mosleh

      They are bout 2-2.5mm thick

    2. 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.

  6. Very nice and economical makeover… tfs!

  7. Laura

    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!

    1. Ahh thanks so much. Im really glad you like it!

  8. Wallpaper a floor? Huh, I never thought about it before, but it does sound like a great idea. Love the post!

  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. Oh I love it! That pattern is amazing and really brightens up that room. Would never have thought about doing this!

    1. Thanks so much Katie 🙂

  11. 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. 🙂

    1. Yay thanks so much. Hope you like what you read 🙂

  12. 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

  13. Brilliant idea!! I can’t get over how effective that looks – as a renter in London, I know the pain of ugly floors etc. Very inspiring!! Thanks for this!

  14. Medina I just cannot get over how incredible this looks!! I’m so jealous, do you want to come and do my laminate?? 🙂 Thank you for sharing with #HomeEtc X

  15. 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!

  16. 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.

    1. Ahh thanks so much. With this idea, the sky really is the limit!

  17. This is amazing! I would NEVER have thought of wallpapering a floor. It looks fantastic, you must be thrilled xx #HomeEtc

    1. Yes I am, I love it! Thank you 🙂