4 Easy ways to decorate with wallpaper

You will find a varied selection of wallpaper at your local Builders Warehouse and there are so many ways to use wallpaper in a home - other than on walls. Here are some interesting ways to add a new dimension to your home with a roll of wallpaper.


Wallpaper staircase
If you are looking for ways to add interest to a plain staircase, here's an easy way to customise a staircase and make it a beautiful feature in the home. Cover the risers - the vertical board - of each stair with wallpaper.

Follow the instructions on the wallpaper paste package to ensure the paper is well stuck down. Check out the latest range of wallpapers at Builders Warehouse and coordinate the colour and pattern to your home.



Wallpaper tabletop



It's so easy to dress up a tabletop, sideboard, coffee table or cabinet with pieces of wallpaper. Using wallpaper is an affordable way to add design that can be changed to suit the occasion.




Wallpaper a closet or cupboard



We know you can use wallpaper to dress up drawers, but what about using colourful wallpaper to add interest to a closet or built-in wardrobe, or even a bathroom cabinet !


Wallpaper bookcase


Create an instant feature by adding wallpaper to the back of a bookcase or wall cabinet. Choose a pattern and colour that blends well with decor in the room but let the bookcase stand out and shine.


How to apply wallpaper to your project

The best type of wallpaper to use on surfaces other than walls is vinyl wallpaper. This type of wallpaper already has a protective finish that allows you to wipe clean.

  1. Whatever project you are tackling, it's always best to lightly sand the surface with 180-grit sandpaper before you stick down the wallpaper. This light sanding will provide a better surface for the wallpaper paste to stick onto. Be sure to wipe clean after sanding.
  2. Use a tape measure to determine the size of wallpaper pieces you need to cut, and cut these neatly with a sharp craft knife and steel ruler.
  3. Mix up the wallpaper paste according to the instructions and then place all your pieces on a covered worktop, so that you can apply the paste to the back.
  4. Gently lift up the pasted pieces and carefully place them on your project, making sure to accurately line up edges before pasting down. Use a sponge to wipe across the surface from the centre to the sides, top and bottom to ensure that there are no air bubbles.
  5. Pay particular attention to edges, as these are the areas most likely to lift or peel back if not pasted and stuck down.
  6. For added protection, such as on a tabletop, apply two coats of clear acrylic sealer over the wallpapered project - or cover with a layer of 5mm glass cut to size.