The Strawbridges/Creative

How to Create Your Own Wallpaper Museum

I’ll never forget the day I walked into the attic at The Chateau and discovered an emporium of vintage wallpaper…it was there that the idea of the Wallpaper Museum was born.

Dorothy was zero and lived in a papoose on my hip. I was still very much a city girl at this stage and must have been very brave as the attic was dark and full of spiders! But my excitement for exploring and seeing what had been left behind outweighed any worry. In the very back of the first room was a tall wooden cupboard. The wallpaper was covered over and I honestly could not believe my eyes when it was uncovered.

Hundreds of rolls of leftover wallpaper used in the house since it’s birth in 1867. To say I was excited would be a massive understatement and I got on to creating our very own ‘Wallpaper Museum’ as soon as I could. Here’s what you’ll need if you want to have a go at creating your own.

Hundreds of rolls of leftover wallpaper used in the house since it’s birth in 1867. To say I was excited would be a massive understatement and I got on to creating our very own ‘Wallpaper Museum’ as soon as I could. Here’s what you’ll need if you want to have a go at creating your own.

- Angel Strawbridge

Here’s what you’ll need if you want to have a go at creating your own...

  • Wallpaper pieces
  • Rotary cutter
  • Cutting board
  • Wooden template
  • Wallpaper paste
  • Stud hammer
  • Studs
  • Scissors
  • Brush
  • Trim
1

Decide on a design for the wallpaper shapes, choose a geometric design to make it simple to join together.

2

Make a template out of wood with a small handle on it so you can steady it as you cut the shapes.

3

Place the template on the wallpaper on the cutting board and use a rotary cutter to cut cleanly around the shape. Cut lots…you need more than you think! If your cutter is really sharp, you can cut more than one layer at a time.

4

If there is a particularly interesting pattern in the wallpaper, position the template to include it. Make sure the stripes are straight.

5

Once you have lots of cut shapes, mark your wall on the vertical and horizontal. We used a laser pointer to do this. The first few pieces need to be straight and upright.

6

Use wallpaper paste to stick them onto the wall.

7

Make sure your joins are as tight as possible and keep checking the vertical and horizontal lines so the pattern stays true.

8

Once dry, use the trim to cover the joins tacking every corner.

Don’t forget, you can also join the Escape to The Chateau Fan Club on Facebook and join a community of like-minded creative people who love to share their craft and DIY projects. So, if you’ve completed your own Wallpaper Museum, the team and I would love to see it! Make sure you tag us on Instagram @the_chateau_tv or post your project in the Escape to The Chateau Fan Club on Facebook.