I just wallpapered my floor !

So hello! First post and all that so please be gentle!

Going to chat today about wallpapering your floor, yep that’s right I said wallpapering your floor!

I am in a facebook group and wow the amount of feedback and queries I have had on this subject was great so I decided to kick off my first post telling you all about it.

So here’s a few pics to give you a visual aid.

Pic 1 – yep pretty crappy floor there, it was just a cheap laminated floor, nothing special, it wasn’t really kept well, lots of marks and paint stains …. hey don’t judge my housekeeping skills.

Wallpaper Floor - Before


Pic 2 – This was the final result. I love love it! So clean and bright looking, it totally transformed the whole room.  This room is now my craft/office/hiding space. Yes it’s my space, no kids, no husband allowed!

Wallpaper Floor Tutorial, yes it can be done !


So here’s how I did it.

Gather your supplies

  • Wallpaper of your choice.
    I got mine in my local store, nothing fancy about it, just really liked the pattern.  Also spotted it in B&Q.  It was called distressed wood. I used 3 rolls and had some left over.
  • PVA
    I used Contractors Grade PVA adhesive and sealer. It came in a 1litre bottle.  I mixed it with some water before I applied it to the floor.  This bottle was enough for my whole floor. You can get this in your local store.
  • Knife
    I used this to cut the wallpaper if it was needed at any angles or any funny corners that needed trimming.
  • Paste Brush
    I used this brush to apply to PVA to the floor.  It’s a wallpaper one but you could use any brush really.
  • Wallpaper Brush
    This was used to smooth out the wrinkles and any kinks when laying down the wallpaper.
  • Varnish
    I used polyurethane floor varnish.  This was a water based varnish in clear satin, not a fan of gloss.  Extremely tough & hard wearing so it says on the tin! This is what I wanted, plus its non-yellowing.
  • Roller/Brush & Tray
    I used the roller to apply the varnish but I also used the brush, kinda went between them. I felt with the brush it was soaking in more and I was able to get into corners and angles.

Here’s a nice picture of the supplies!


Wallpaper for the Floor



Next up, my method so here goes

  • Prepare your floor, I just washed it down and hoovered it, made sure there was nothing sticking to floor, no dirty sticky bits.
  • When the floor is ready, measure up your wallpaper. I just got himself to hold wallpaper down the length of the floor and cut across.  Nothing fancy, no measuring tools used here, we winged it!
  • Now you apply the PVA to the floor and spread it out, then lay your wallpaper down. Make sure wallpaper is lying flat, no bubbles, no kinks.  I had help with this process. Got himself to hold the wallpaper while I spread the glue and smoothed it out.  Ok Ok he was on the floor doing the grunt work while I issued instructions from above.  Sure I had to hold the paper straight!  We did this in stages going down the length of floor.
  • At the edges you can cut and smooth any bits level to you skirting boards.
  • When the floor was all covered with the wallpaper, I left it to dry overnight.
  • Final process! Get your varnish out and lather it on. On the first coat it just soaked into the paper. I let this coat dry completely. I did 6 coats of varnish in total, making sure each coat was dry before I did the next coat
  • That’s it! Move your furniture back, sit back & admire your handy work!

It’s been a couple of weeks since I did this and so far so good.  No tears, no bubbles.  I have some heavy bits of furniture in that room and I was wondering if they would tear the paper when moving back, but no everything held.

So in a nutshell, result! This project didn’t cost me a lot, and took the guts of a week.  It was a pain in the backside moving all the furniture out and back in again though

I am wondering will it last long term.  So maybe in a couple of months i’ll post back with a follow up.  What you think?

Costs involved
Wallpaper : I used 3 rolls @ €24 each
PVA : 1Litre bottle @ €6.75
Varnish: 2Litre tin @€33

Here’s more pictures of the finished result.

Wallpaper floor tutorial ! yes on the floor!

All done !

Wallpaper Floor - After

If you have any comments or if you did something like this, please do comment and tell me. Thanks for reading !



28 thoughts on “I just wallpapered my floor !

  1. Annie B says:

    That is actually amazing. I had to keep scrolling over the picture to see the wallpaper because I didn’t realise it was the patter of wood panels. Very brave idea and great results! Who would have thought?! #MakingHome

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  2. Zoe says:

    It’s been 4 months since you wallpapered your floor. How is it holding up so far? Also, is it even possible to mop your floor when it’s wallpapered? I love the idea! How long did this take you? I hate the tiled stairs in my home and have been thinking about painting them over; did you also consider painting? (Painting feels like a lot lesser work!)

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    • themessybrunette says:

      Floor is holding up just fine. Its hoovered every now and then and wiped down. The varnish protects it well. It took a couple of days to do, I did it strip by strip & let the varnish dry well between coats. I was going to paint it originally to be honest but I saw this paper & wanted to use it. I did this in a low traffic room but I have seen people do it to other areas in their house. Good Luck


  3. Mysticprincess64 says:

    Wow that is amazing…. I’m seriously thinking of doing my kitchen floor…luckily I live on my own but I have three cats so we will all have to get used to going out the front door and round the house and in back door as the bathroom and look are downstairs lol…so it will be a pain in the bum….x

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