Wallpaper!! + $100 Ace Giveaway

October 29, 2014

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We got the wallpaper in the entry up and it is dreamy and just what we hoped! It actually made the area look bigger (hard to portray in photos–you really must stop by) and so much more interesting.


As a refresher, here’s how the entry looked last month.


For our Ace Hardware project for October, they urged us to spruce up our entryway and we’ve been doing just that. We were able to get a new finish nailer to install our baseboards (finally) this month and had enough left over to get all the supplies we needed at our local store to hang the wallpaper.

While I knew I wanted some accent or wallpaper on the far wall in the entry, I struggled finding a wallpaper that would suit it, and to be honest, to suit me too. Wallpaper is kind of personal like that. I wanted something smaller scale but still classic. I came across this photo and tucked it away as my inspiration. I loved the abstract dottiness. It felt classic but cool.


I went hunting for something similar and found this paper from Hygge & West. Up close you can see “the abstract stone shapes uniquely arranged to create an alluring pattern.” … Their words, but just as true. ;)


And as you step back, it softens considerably.



Although Ace did have everything we needed for the project, I didn’t get any actual in progress photos, but our friends Kim and Scott just hung wallpaper from, coincidently,  the same company, so do go check out their tutorial. This wall took about 4 hours not including the time we took removing the old doorbell box. What a difference, right?! I think I would like to wallpaper the switch plates, but I was advised to get a different glue for that so I’ll have to track that down and give you an update on that later.


Now I can’t wait to wallpaper something else–the bedroom? Yes. It’s addicting and so satisfying. Our entry is coming along quickly now so you’ll definitely see an update on that front before the week is up. And as always, Ace loves to help our readers get their projects done, too. Together with our friends at Ace, we’ll be giving away a $100 Ace Hardware gift card to one of you! The giveaway runs through this Friday, October 31st at midnight MST, and the winner will be announced as an update to this post. You can easily enter using the Rafflecopter widget below. Take Luck!

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We’re excited to be collaborating with Ace Hardware as a part of their Ace Blogger Panel. Ace has provided us with compensation and the materials necessary to complete this project and strive to be as generous with our readers (thanks, Ace!) All opinions are our own.

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  1. Olivia says:

    Can’t believe I won!!!!! I am SO excited! Thank you so much,

  2. Cathy says:

    I love how bold yet understated that wallpaper is!

  3. Dandi D says:

    We have been doing a lot of repairs on our house, so it would be great to win this!

  4. Heather says:

    Love the new wallpaper! Looks great. The entry is really coming together, guys!

  5. ashley says:

    Yassss! Love that paper!

  6. Caitlin says:

    I love that wallpaper! Inspiring to see someone just go for it and have it work out so great!

  7. Jill Cote says:

    Love all of the updates :)

  8. Linda says:

    would love to win 100 dollars for some paint from ACE!!!!

  9. Carolsue says:

    Your hardwood floors are so beautiful!
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  10. Sara says:

    I am not 100% on board with wallpaper – having removed paisley wallpaper in our bathroom (complete with pink wood trim) – but you have me thinking about it.

  11. Charlotte says:

    Oh my goodness love the wall paper!!

  12. barbara says:

    I’m almost on the wallpaper train! Your entry might convince me to board!!! And didn’t you say sometime that a new bench was coming to the entryway? I can’t wait to see that!

  13. Neena says:

    Am really getting closer and closer to wallpapering my small hallway half-bath. This post is really providing a lot of inspiration!

  14. Jess says:

    Super chic! Love it.

  15. Sue says:

    Are other people experiencing problems with your website failing to load? For the past couple of weeks it usually does not load . Safari on an iPad , the bar gets halfway across and then stops.

    • Julia says:

      That is so weird! I am on Safari myself. Although on my laptop. And we recently moved to a different servers ($$$) to help with that. I will for sure look into for you, Sue. No good.

  16. we just moved this summer and are constantly at home improvement stores. ace is one of our faves!

  17. Charlene says:

    Love the wallpaper!

  18. I like it a lot! Just wondering, are your walls completely flat? I wonder how this process would be different for textured walls.

  19. Macy says:

    I love Ace! Their paint is the only one I like to use and I love the small-town feel each store has, like being a “regular” customer :)

  20. Ashley says:

    I love it! I’m dying to do wallpaper somewhere!

  21. Laura J says:

    OH I love that wallpaper! It looks so elegant! I would love to do that in my hallway! I was just going to repaint, but that would look so nice!

  22. Lindsey says:

    Looks great – I love the bench sneak peeks on Instagram too! Can’t wait to see it all come together!

  23. Brad says:

    Looks awesome!

  24. Marianne in Mo. says:

    Glad to see people using wallpaper – I used to sell it, and love it!

  25. Lisa says:

    Love it! Wallpaper sure has come a long way!

  26. jenny says:

    I love the wallpaper. Sometimes I wish our home was better suited for some!

  27. Kait says:

    Oh my gosh! What an improvement! I love the black and white texture look. Beautiful!

  28. Jena Burkman says:

    Your wallpaper looks amazing, I love your style!

  29. Charlie says:

    I JUST finished papering a single wall in my laundry room and I LOVE it! Thanks for the inspiration :)

  30. Stacie M says:

    The wallpaper looks great! I may have to try some wallpaper for my entry. Great idea!

  31. Nicole S says:

    I’m working up my own bravery to wallpaper a wall in my home!! Love your choice!

  32. Rebecca N says:

    I can’t wait to see what the finished entry looks like :)

  33. Carla S says:

    I LOVE the flooring and wallpaper!!

  34. Elle says:

    The wall paper is interesting..thanks for the giveaway.

  35. Portia Smith says:

    Wallpaper looks awesome!

  36. Courtney says:

    Thanks for the chance!

  37. Colleen Boudreau says:

    Thank you! :)

  38. iamalighthouse says:

    Thanks for the giveaway! This would be sooo useful!

  39. Katrina says:

    Gorgeous! I live it. It makes me want to wallpaper all.the.things!

  40. Natalie H. says:

    What a difference! It looks fabulous.

  41. Dawn says:

    Nice neutral wallpaper! The house is shaping up!

  42. Michelle says:

    I love the look of your wall paper!

  43. Jenna says:

    very fun pattern!

  44. Amy says:

    Looks great!

  45. Kimberley D says:

    I love the after what a huge difference wallpaper makes.

  46. Amy says:

    After removing lots of 80s wallpaper (think tiny green pineapples) before I moved into my house, I am not sure I can ever hang wallpaper myself! I admire your bold choice though! I love Ace Hardware. They can always answer my questions and have whatever I need for my projects.

  47. kristin says:

    looks great! i wish my husband wasn’t so firmly anti-wallpaper, would love to add some to our house.

  48. Erin Ellis says:

    That looks fantastic! You are more more daring than I when it comes to wall coverings. I also really love your floor. Thank you for the wonderful giveaway.

  49. Janine says:

    You have such great style! I love all of your design choices & always look forward to each project that is published. You are an inspiration!

  50. Kim Henrichs says:

    That looks amazing!! I would love to do our entry way so inviting.

  51. I’m really thinking about wallpapering our stair risers… It’s just so hard to decide whether to go bold or classic with it!

  52. lana says:

    I absolutely love the wall paper! I’m thinking about an area in my house to wallpaper! Thanks for the inspiration!

  53. Looks great! I can’t wait to see more touches in the space.

  54. Samantha says:

    Gorgeous entryway, it really pops now. You made it very much like the inspiration photo you picked. So pretty!

  55. I have that same photo pinned on pinterest! I love wallpaper in an entryway! Now…if only I could get Steve to agree with me!

  56. Danielle says:

    love your inspiration photo. I think you did a great job finding one with a similar feel.

  57. Christina Marie Interiors says:

    Love how it turned out. I can always go for classic black and white and I haven’t seen this pattern before. Good choice!

  58. Amanda says:

    The wallpaper looks great :-)

  59. Maria says:

    I love this! You have such a style sense. This paper is perfect here. We are still working on getting paintings/photos, etc hung up — we have not decided what to do with our entry yet! I will just enjoy yours instead ;)

  60. Laura C says:

    Looks great – I love that pattern.

  61. Carolina says:

    I love me some Ace Hardware! Can’t wait to see your finished (twice) updated entry! :)

  62. Debbie says:

    I like that you incorporated wallpaper, but I just don’t like the pattern you chose. The way the white spaces repeat just looks so odd.

  63. Melissa c says:

    Looks great! Love every room in your house!

  64. Maryanne W. says:

    I have not mustered up enough courage to put wallpaper in my house yet. Yours looks amazing!

  65. Jennifer says:

    Ahh! love it! I have a tiny wall between our kitchen, living room and entry hallway that is begging for paint or wallpaper. wallpaper has always seemed so intimidating – especially finding the right pattern to live with. I think this one is perfect! looks almost animal print like (yay for me!) and yet, masculine enough in organic, geometric print that the hubby would probably go for it too. great choice!

  66. JuliaS says:

    Nice job so far! I enjoy reading / seeing your transformations.. can’t wait to see the finished hall!!

  67. AshleyM says:

    It’s so perfect! I am really wanting to wallpaper the wall behind our bed because my husband doesn’t love the idea of things hanging above our head and the wall feels very bare. What an impact, too!

  68. Amanda says:

    Love the wall paper!

  69. Jacqulyn says:

    That paper is so yummy!! Bravo to going bold! I am too big a chicken to try and install wallpaper in my house. Hats off to you!! The real question is, what does Charlie think of it? :-)


  70. Michelle says:

    My husband and I just bought our first house this past spring and almost exactly 6 months later, I painted the first two rooms. Picking your own colors is such a great feeling!

  71. kelly says:

    Looks Amazing!

  72. Anna says:

    The wallpaper looks great!

  73. Allison says:

    After taking down a few rooms with wallpaper I’m not sure I could put it up out of spite, lol. I do like it in this space though.

  74. Sarah says:

    Looks great, guys! I’d love to wallpaper a wall in my girls’ room…

  75. Andrea says:

    This looks great! What a huge difference it makes!

  76. Megan S says:

    I love the new wallpaper, very sophisticated looking entry!

  77. Joni says:

    I don’t think I would have ever picked this wallpaper by looking at it in a wallpaper book, but I think it looks fabulous up on your wall. Love the black and white of the bathroom!

  78. Lisa Brown says:

    I need to repaint my half bath, it’s so dark in there :)

  79. s.w. says:

    I would love to use this to repaint my room

  80. Michelle says:

    I just linked this post to my hubby at work so he could see the wallpaper. He has been completely against the idea of wallpapering even a tiny section of our house, but this may have changed his outlook a bit. He loved it! Thanks for the continuous inspiration!

    On a side note, we made the soup recipe this past weekend! SOOO good. Thank you! :)

  81. lisa says:

    looks great! everyone is wallpapering these days…makes me want to do it, too!

  82. Abby J. says:

    I’ve also been obsessing over wallpaper lately. Grasscloth, ooooooh grasscloth.

  83. Amber says:

    Wow, wallpaper has really come a long way from the floral days. Love it!

  84. Ashley Bee says:

    We are moving into a new house soon – but like you, I never can find wallpaper that is modern and timeless. Maybe I should start looking again… there are several focal walls begging for a special something!

  85. I’m not a wallpaper person myself but it’s great to see how impactful it can be in a space.

  86. Katie M. says:

    I love it! We rent so wallpaper is out of the question for us, but if we had a place of our own I think I’d consider it! I could find all kinds of ways to use the gift card though. :)

  87. Beth says:

    a BRAVE choice, and i think i love it!

  88. adina says:

    I am absolutely loving the modern take on wallpaper these days! I would love to do something similar in my own home once I track down a pretty wallpaper everyone can agree on. An ACE gift card sure would speed that process up!

  89. Allison says:

    Do you find yourself going out of your way just to admire that wall? I do that all the time with especially satisfying projects.

  90. Jennie says:

    Obsessed! My entry way needs some help too!

  91. Beth says:

    Do you still love the hooks? I am thinking about getting the same ones for our entry and was just wondering if they work well for a few coats (say 2 coats) on one hook?

  92. Ellen says:

    I would love to wallpaper my foyer with something similar (think it’s called “Fireworks” – white with black dots) but my husband is adamantly opposed. Party pooper.

  93. BeccaS says:

    Love it! I couldn’t tell by the swatch you showed us before but it turned out fantastic!

  94. Shellie says:

    I can’t wait to see those gorgeous hooks against that paper!

  95. Lori says:

    The Entryway is coming along nicely. Wish I had an entry way. The front door opens into the living room. UGH

  96. Kristin says:

    Looks great!

  97. Crystal says:

    It’s so gorgeous! Can’t wait to see more.

  98. Theresa says:

    What a fun transformation with just one change! It adds so much interest, I love it!

  99. Kristin says:

    SO so fun! I would love to do something like this in our home! Now to decide where…. ;-)

  100. Meggan S. says:

    I love it! I also thought animal print when I first saw the mood board, but I totally love it!

    I am so hoping to convince my husband to do small bit of wallpaper in our new house! Our current home had the WORST wallpaper (multiple layers too!) in the kitchen and it took FOREVER to get off so he is totally in the “I hate wallpaper!” mindset. -But if you love it, you don’t have to remove it! :)

  101. Jamie W says:

    I am so jealous that you even have an entry, let alone one that gorgeous! Love the progree!

  102. Jackie says:

    You’re really brave for finishing your entry and then practically redoing it. I loved it before but I REALLY love it now! Nicely done!

  103. Katie says:

    Super pumped that your entry is almost done! It really makes the home.

  104. Laura says:

    Wow, that’s a really bold choice and I think it worked out well. If the pattern was much larger it may have looked too busy but I think it looks great.

  105. Jennifer says:

    Love it! Pinning to come back to for sure!

  106. Sally G. says:

    Gorgeous! I’m too chicken to put up wallpaper, the walls in our house were not left in the greatest condition by the previous owners (divots and unsanded spackle everywhere!) $100 at Ace would get me plenty of paint to cover that all up though :-)

  107. Annie says:

    I love it! I’m working up the courage to add wallpaper in our new fixer-upper.
    Great job!

  108. Annalee Taylor says:

    Looks amaze-balls!!! I love it! Great work!

  109. LAUREN says:

    Looks Great!

  110. Nicole says:

    That looks so great!

  111. Anne-Marie says:

    Love the wallpaper! I can’t wait to see the full entryway reveal!

  112. Trilby C. says:

    Ohhhh my stars – it’s beautiful!! I would love to jump on the wallpaper bandwagon – but we have these crazy textured walls everywhere in our house. I’m sure it’s possible to wallpaper those? Must. Do. Research…

  113. Erin Beck says:

    I’ve never been a huge wallpaper fan but maybe that’s because I spent hours removing big floral print wallpaper from purée house. This I love though!!!

  114. Lisa P says:

    This looks great so far!

  115. Alison says:

    Wow, is that busy wallpaper.

  116. Kirsten says:

    Looks great! I can’t wait to see the finished entry!

  117. Heather says:

    Looks great!

  118. AnnMarie says:

    You mentioned that it took you about four hours to do that wall. How would you say the time vs. impact factor works out versus, say, painting an accent wall?

    I can’t wait to see how this space comes together! I’m not usually a wallpaper person, but I’m definitely willing to be convinced. ^_^

    • Julia says:

      Good question. I mean, I can paint a wall this size in 20 minutes. But paint doesn’t have the same (not even close) to the impact wallpaper does. I have tried stenciling in the past and it is probably MORE time consuming than wallpaper with less than stellar results as compared to wallpaper. I am not against painting accent walls at all. For this application, wallpaper was the right choice for us–I didn’t really weigh the time it took into the decision.

  119. Jackie Doyle says:

    Love this wallpaper!!! I love what you guys are doing at your place.

  120. Amanda says:

    whoah! that’s a huge difference for your entryway! glad you were able to find a pattern that suited you and your space.

  121. Sadie says:

    Stunning! I love all the Hygge and West papers.

  122. Yeah, wallpaper! Did you consider wrapping the paper around to the small wall (with the door, the nursery?) on the left? In any case, it looks SO good.

    • Julia says:

      We have some leftover and I am contemplating doing that! Although, there is also a wrap around option on the other side leading to our bedroom. I worry if I do one, I have to do both. Not sure I have enough for both.

  123. Stephanie says:

    I love bold wallpaper in small spaces! Looks great!

  124. Angel L says:

    Love it! I think it looks so classic. I am on the fence right now about wallpapering a wall in my daughters room.

  125. Erica Boyer says:

    I’m also from the too-scared-to-try-wallpaper camp, but I love watching you guys master it until I can build up my own motivation and courage! It looks great!

  126. I love your style and trust that this will turn out looking great! Although I’m not exactly sure how I feel about wallpaper in general…still warming up to the fact that it’s back in style!

  127. Rebecca W says:

    I can never find a wallpaper to commit to. This one is beautiful!

  128. This looks fabulous. I thought it was an animal print at first but obviously I was wrong! I love it!!!

    • Julia says:

      Hahaha. That’s really funny because my sister commented on the entry mood board post with the same thought and it almost scared Chris out of the idea. It definitely could have that vibe up close but doesn’t really read animal print in general.

  129. Crystal says:

    That looks great!!

  130. Melissa says:

    I love this – especially since your entry is a typical little box. I’ve also been dreaming of wallpaper (and taking down some weird stuff from previous ppl) – inspired to just do it!!

  131. Ruth says:

    Love this look!!!

  132. Andrea says:

    Love it! Huge Hygge and West fan here. Looking for a place in our home to use that classic gold/white stylized chrysanthemum print you see all over the decor blogosphere, and/or their Mexican and Otomi-inspired papers. Love your site, by the way. Longtime reader, first time commenter.

  133. Ashley says:

    Love it! You all are such an inspiration to me. I wish you could help me with my home.

  134. Marianne J says:

    I thought you meant wallpapering on the entry way between the hooks and the bench for some reason. I am excited to see what the finished entry will look like! The wallpaper took a tiny bit to warm up to for me because it’s bold. But I do like it’s pattern!

  135. Meghan says:

    Hoping to convince my hubby that a little wallpapering in our new entryway is just what the space needs! :)

  136. Tracy says:

    I love the wallpaper! I’ve been looking for the perfect one to use in my home as well.

  137. Ashley C says:

    This is such a neat print on the wall! I love it for a statement in a room!


  138. Jennifer says:

    I typically do not like wallpaper, but I actually think I’m in love with yours. You two have great style. Thanks for sharing it with the world! :)

  139. Ashley says:

    Love it! Wallpaper adds such a nice texture to a space. Good pick!

  140. Haley says:

    This looks great! I love the abstract pattern.

  141. Tiffany says:

    I love that wallpaper!

  142. Jill says:

    Love it! I was drooling over the instagram tease – looks great in this post!

  143. Ellen says:

    You guys, it looks awesome! Kudos to you both for committing to making the space one that you love. It can be difficult to work on something, realize its not right, and persist. I have thrown in the towel on my share of projects and they just keep dropping down the line on the old to-do list!

  144. Blair says:

    i really like your choice of wallpaper. it looks great with the black walls in the bathroom.

  145. Bethany says:

    New reader from the past few weeks. Hoping to buy my second home in the next few years and have already begun to collect inspiration. I think YOUR entryway photo will be my inspiration for one-day wallpaper. I love the print you chose!

  146. Tanja says:

    I love all the cool wallpapers that are out there now but I vowed to never put them on my walls when I bought this house as every room had some wallpaper and it was so awful to take down. I have heard that the newer stuff isn’t so bad to take off though.

    Can’t wait to see the photos with the bench from your sneak peak last night.

  147. Corteiga L says:

    This is so awesome! Now I’m thinking I might need some wallpaper in my house…hmm

  148. Lauren M says:

    Have you ever tried to wallpaper over textured (knockdown) walls? I’d love to wallpaper but our entire house has the knockdown texture…

  149. Lindsey Hackenbracht says:

    I love the wallpaper! I really want to be brave and put wallpaper in our house!

  150. Gina says:

    Stunning! I am too chicken to try wall paper. I’ve wanted to ever since Greta’s bedroom in your old house though.

  151. Deanna Hunt says:

    Love love love the wallpaper!!

  152. Amber Ross says:

    Looks awesome!! Would love to do the same- somewhere!

  153. I love it! We just purchased a Hygge & West wallpaper for our half bath, but I haven’t tackled the project yet. Thanks for the inspiration!

  154. Jeanna says:

    I like it! Can’t wait to see the bench :)

  155. Kate says:

    This is so dreamy and inspiring! I can’t wait to see the area with the new bench!!!!!!

  156. Chris says:

    The space is looking great! It’s amazing how wallpaper can add another layer and new life to a room!

  157. Caprise says:

    Statement Wallpaper is the way to go!

  158. Ann says:

    what a difference. awesome!

  159. Laura says:

    Love the wallpaper! Can’t wait to see the rest of the makeover.

  160. Alyssa says:

    So beautiful! I love the wallpaper!

  161. Laurene says:

    Bringing back the wallpaper trend? Good. I totally have some old paper that needs updating!

  162. Christie says:

    Great job! :-)

  163. Afton says:

    i think it’s always great to have personal touches to make an entry welcoming — family photos, flowers, and the inviting scent of a candle.

  164. Kathy says:

    I’d love an area where I can put everything when I walk in

  165. Emma P says:

    What a transformation! I saw the sneak peak of the bench on Instagram, oh my it looks great.

  166. abby says:

    Looks awesome! I love the texture it adds to the area! Great job!

  167. Kate says:

    I’ve been having a similar wallpaper conundrum, finding one that looks like us. I want to wallpaper the wall behind our bed.

  168. Emily says:

    We are in the process of taking down all our 1980s wallpaper but I love the idea of putting something new and fun up in a small space. I actually love the texture of paper vs just painted walls.

  169. Gillian says:

    Oh my gosh! It looks great!I can’t wait to see what you pair with it.

  170. Marlo Williams says:

    A gorgeous mirror, beautiful rug and somewhere practical to keep your keys/coats/bags is always a must in a good entryway.

  171. Joy says:

    Love! Wish I didnt have textured walls so I could wallpaper :(

  172. Mary Happymommy says:

    Flowers and a nice scent make an entry welcoming.

  173. Kelli says:

    I love this pattern! As much as I would love to hang wallpaper as an accent wall in our home I don’t think my husband can get on board because we just stripped tons and tons of wallpaper before we moved into our current home. Think 90s floral wallpaper and the accent border to match!

  174. Monika J says:

    Love the wallpaper!

  175. Megan CC says:

    I think every entry needs a place to sit, a mirror, and somewhere to hang your coat/bag. A nice rug is helpful too :)

  176. Lori Moore says:

    I love it, but I’m toe-tapping to see the new bench!

  177. Kelly D says:

    Warm colors and a place to sit makes an entry welcoming to me.

  178. Heather says:

    I accidentally entered my second entry before leaving a comment, and I forgot what the comment was supposed to be but I will take a guess…. If I won the $100 I would use it to buy wainscoting for my daughters room that I am redoing and some lights and curtain rods.

    • Rachel says:

      I LOVE this wallpaper! Which is funny ’cause I wasn’t sure I liked it when I saw the previews. But it looks great on the wall. I’m impressed. Thanks for the encouragement to go outside the box!

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