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Peel-Off Wallpaper

peel off wallpaper living room plush velvet sofa

Photography: Ryan Liebe

Source: Martha Stewart Living, March 2017


  • Clean cloth
  • Measuring tape
  • Rolls of peel-off wallpaper
  • Scissors
  • Squeegee or straight edge
  • Utility knife


  1. Using a clean, damp cloth, wipe down the surface you want to cover; let dry completely.
  2. Measure the surface, adding 2 inches of excess to the length. Unroll the wallpaper and measure, mark, and cut it to size. Lay out the next piece and carefully align its pattern with the first, then measure and cut it. Repeat with the remaining pieces.
  3. Peel off 8 to 12 inches of backing at the top of the first piece. Align the edge at the top of the surface and press to adhere. Using your hand, a squeegee, or a straight edge, smooth out any air pockets, starting at the center and working outward. Peel off more backing and continue pressing and smoothing the paper. Align the next piece so the pattern looks continuous; smooth onto wall. Repeat until finished.
  4. Use a utility knife to trim and remove excess wallpaper at edges and baseboards.
  5. To remove: Starting at a corner, firmly and slowly peel the paper up or down, keeping it parallel to the covered surface.

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