Anthropologie Mural Wallpaper in the Dining Room

Anthropologie Mural Wallpaper in the Dining Room

The house I grew up in for the first 16 years of my life was a humble 1300 square foot ranch style home. The living room had a wallpapered mural on the wall opposite the fireplace. It was a forest scene with a focus on moss and a waterfall. My six-year-old self was enamored by this huge photo, I would lay on the sofa and stare at it for what felt like long periods of time. I remember trying to find any animals or bugs in the mural and also make-believing my own adventures in the life-size scene. I loved it, but down the road, my dad knocked down the wall to join it with the family room and created a huge great room. As I grew up, I remembered the mural being hideous and such a 70’s trend – never to be repeated by me. Well, at 44 years old, I repeated the mural wallpaper look, but this Anthropologie mural wallpaper in the dining room is something special – another forest scene, but a painted looking scene instead!

There is a wall across from our formal dining room that is just perfect for wallpaper. For years, I’ve been looking for the perfect pattern or mural of peel and stick wallpaper. I’ve seen many other beautifully wallpapered homes on Pinterest and Instagram, but the style wasn’t quite right for me and our home… until I saw a kitchen with a small corner wallpapered with the most beautiful design I’ve seen yet. You can see more spaces using this wallpaper on Pinterest. Of course, wallpaper designs are totally personal, and I don’t expect anyone to agree with me, but this design is just perfect for me and I love how it looks in this space. Now the kicker was the price and how long it was backordered. After two months of waiting, I considered canceling the order and starting my search again. I did start searching again and ultimately decided to keep waiting because I just loved the Judarn Mural design. I contact Anthropologie, and was told it was on backorder, inevitably, but i was also given the email address for the home decor department to see if I could get any indication of an estimated time of arrival. I never got a response to my email, but my wallpaper arrived two weeks later. I suppose no news was good news.


Anthropologie Mural Wallpaper in the Dining Room
Here’s the wall across from the dining room BEFORE the wallpaper.

Anthropologie Mural Wallpaper in the Dining Room

I’ve never wallpapered in my life… and I’m not sure I ever will again. It wasn’t difficult but wallpapering a wall with texture is tricky. I actually hung this design in one evening and took a dinner break. I’m not a perfectionist, but I like things to be as good as they can be. Well, my wallpaper installation is NOT perfect, but surprisingly I could care less. I love how it looks, I can see some seams, I had trouble cutting the sides, so I caulked them at the end, but it’s done, and I am so happy with this wall treatment in this space. I would happily help a friend who wants to wallpaper, but it would be in an assisting role, not a leading role. I would even recommend the Sure Strip wallpaper even though I originally was after peel and stick. The benefit of Sure Strip is that it’s pre-pasted, moves around easily once on the wall, and guaranteed to come off without damaging your walls as long as you follow their directions. The downfall to the peel and stick is lining it up correctly, you have to unpeel it to realign, and I see how that would have been a hassle after experiencing the ease of pushing and moving the paper into place once on the wall.

I’m not entirely sure why some of my seams didn’t line up in some places except maybe it was due to the textured walls, my novice skills, and maybe paper shrinkage. I think installation on a smooth wall would be much easier and having a helping hand would have been great too. I also made the mistake of not spraying enough water onto the first paper roll, so I had to pull the paper back and spray more with it hanging. This wasn’t ideal, but it taught me to mist plenty of water on the future rolls. Some wallpapers require you to overlap the seams, and then cut and remove excess… this was not the case here, but I wish it was. As long as there’s no shrinkage or shifting, this would have guaranteed the seams would be butted up perfectly. Overall, I am delighted with my new mural, how quickly the installation process was, and how much character and color it brings to the space.


Anthropologie Mural Wallpaper in the Dining Room

Anthropologie Mural Wallpaper in the Dining Room – Steps

With any wallpaper installation, always read and follow the manufacturer’s instructions. I will, however, list the simple steps to install the Anthropologie mural wallpaper in the dining room.

  1. Prepare the wall by wiping it down with a damp microfiber cloth. Remove all dust and any dirt from the entire surface.
  2. Protect the floor with a drop cloth or plastic.
  3. Protect the floor where you will be misting the wallpaper.
  4. Tools to have ready: measuring tape/level/pencil to create a level line to start, scissors to cut the roll into each section, a misting spray bottle, a felt edged scraper, a metal straight edge and razor blade knife to cut excess, a sponge and rag to wipe off excess paste, a lined trash can to collect clippings, and a ladder.
  5. Measure the width of your wallpaper roll (mine was 18″ wide) and then measure from the end of the wall over 17 inches and mark with a pencil. Use your level to draw a straight line all the way down. Don’t use your wall as the straight edge, most sheetrock isn’t level. You will cut off the excess paper on the left end.
  6. Roll out and cut the first section – start hanging left to right.
  7. With the continuous misting spray bottle full of water, start continuously misting one half the of the rolled-out wallpaper – making sure to thoroughly coat. Then fold the end toward the center folding the wet paper onto itself – this helps the paste to activate. Immediately begin misting the other half the same way and then fold that end towards the center as well. Smoothing the ends and center to activate the paste.
  8. Set timer for three minutes.
  9. Set up ladder to line up with the first section of wall you’re hanging the paper on.
  10. After three minutes are up, unfold the top end of the paper, leaving the bottom end folded for now and begin to line up the right side of the paper with the leveled pencil line. Be sure to pull the paper up past the ceiling a bit since most ceilings aren’t level either. You will cut off the excess later on
  11. Being careful to line up with the pencil mark, and press the paper against the wall using your hand at first, and once the paper is lined up you can use the felt edged scraper to press the wallpaper in place
  12. Unfold the bottom half of the section and continue to line up with the pencil mark, smooth first with your hand, and then once in place, smooth with the scraping tool. If any spots don’t stick, you didn’t spray enough water. Either spray more or try to scrape excess paste to that spot.
  13. Immediately wipe off any excess paste that squeezes out. You don’t want the paste to dry on the wallpaper, walls, trim, or flooring.
  14. Take your metal edge or ruler and knife, and carefully cut off excess paper.
  15. Repeat steps 7-9, but line up subsequent rolls with the edge of the previous roll. Having a helper for the following rolls can help to make sure the paper doesn’t slip and move away. Make sure to not overlap the Sure Strip brand of wallpaper, but instead butt up the seams perfectly while lining up the design.
  16. Smooth with your hand and then the scraper to get a secure attachment.
  17. Trim off excess and wipe away any extra paste.
  18. Continue until the mural or wall is complete.

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Anthropologie Mural Wallpaper in the Dining Room

Anthropologie Mural Wallpaper in the Dining Room

Anthropologie Mural Wallpaper in the Dining Room

Anthropologie Mural Wallpaper in the Dining Room

Anthropologie Mural Wallpaper in the Dining Room

Anthropologie Mural Wallpaper in the Dining Room

Anthropologie Mural Wallpaper in the Dining Room

Anthropologie Mural Wallpaper in the Dining Room

Anthropologie Mural Wallpaper in the Dining Room

Anthropologie Mural Wallpaper in the Dining Room

Well, that’s it for my first attempt at wallpapering. It was easier than I thought, yet more difficult than I thought too. I’m sure the project would have been a breeze with the help of my mother-in-law, Kathy – she’s a wallpapering star. The job can be done by yourself but find a helper if you value your sanity~ After two years of searching for ‘the’ wallpaper, and then over two months of waiting for it to arrive, I couldn’t be happier with the look and results. The Anthropologie mural wallpaper in the dining room was the right choice and I highly recommend Sure Strip brand paper. Thanks so much for checking out this post. Be sure to subscribe for my blog post updates and check out the YouTube video to see how to hang this wallpaper. If you like accent walls, check out my chevron wall treatment in our entryway.

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