When mama papered the bedroom

Today I wall-papered the spare bedroom. It was my first attempt at wallpapering and although it was just one wall, it was a very tricky wall because it has a window and lots of corners. Being a Victorian house it’s also a very high wall at more than 3m. Here’s the before pic:


Despite people with more taste than I advising me against it, I chose chicken wall paper from Laura Ashley. Chickens aren’t suitable for a bedroom, they said, they would work better in the kitchen. Well, I’m not ready to wallpaper the kitchen and I had already bought the chickens and so I decided it was going to be a themed bedroom: The Chicken Room. I also happen to love chickens and used to have three as pets when I lived in Brisbane: Heather, Hazel, and Henrietta. And so the chicken wallpapering began.

I started with the easiest bit first.


So far so good and feeling very pleased with myself at this stage.


Now it gets harder.


Here’s where I started swearing.



I really fucked up the next bit and the two sheets did not quite meet together at the bottom of the wall. I have solved the problem by putting an item of furniture in front of that part of wall 🙂

Ben spent a lot of time giving me the “Told you so” look and so I returned it with the finger.


Nearly done now.


Here’s the end result.


If you come to visit us this will be where you sleep 🙂

The room isn’t quite finished. It still needs painting as the walls and ceiling are blue (what were they thinking!!!). I painted all the walls around the wallpaper earlier in the week because I thought it wise to do it before wallpapering otherwise I would be sure to get paint on it. But I still have more to do, including the ceiling. But it’s a huge improvement on how it was and I rather like the chickens. It was not an easy job but I would do it again.

Perhaps I’ll dedicate this post to Henrietta, Heather, and Hazel – my chooks – RIP.





22 Replies to “When mama papered the bedroom”

    1. Well, I did pretty much all of it but I’ll give Ben credit for moral support and passing me things 🙂

  1. That wallpaper is cool. So are the names of your hen pets. I am amazed by the time you take not only to do something but also to click the photos etc. to use in the blog about it.

    It is nice to see how my free guest room looks in Aberdeen 😄

    1. Ben gets credit for taking the photos. I only took the before and after shots but Ben took the photos during wallpapering. I had glue on my hands throughout the entire process 🙂

    1. I did get glue all over my hands and arms, socks, and on various items of furniture but fortunately the children were spared 🙂

  2. You break me up 🙂 I would never think of putting chickens on the walls but I like it.

    I thought of you yesterday. I was given a bottle of 12 year old GlenDronach scotch for Christmas. I understand the distillery is in Aberdeenshire. Is it near Aberdeen? I’ll have to check your earlier posts.

    1. I haven’t heard of GlenDronach and I see they have a distillery in Aberdeenshire. It’s not far away. The closest to Aberdeen is Glen Garioch which I have been to. There are lots of distilleries in this part of the country because there’s so much barley grown here.

      1. You should definitely come and visit Scotland one day and if you make it to Aberdeen you can have a bed in a chicken room 🙂

        Aberdeenshire is good for whisky, castles, and golf tourism.

      2. It has been on my bucket list for a long while. My paternal grandmother is from the area, I enjoy scotch, play a lot of golf but hate the traditional Scottish food 😄

  3. Lovely paper. Good job! Papering is not easy. When I was 21 I painted a ceiling yellow cos I didn’t realise you weren’t supposed to paint the ceiling too.

    1. I think yellow would be better than blue. White is best because other colours can make the room feel dark.

  4. I love the chickens! Well done! And only you would do that all in a skirt. Love it!

  5. Great job. Maybe next time it will be easier if you get a trestle and box cutter. I really like the chook wallpaper. Looking forward to staying in the guest room. 🙂

    1. Yes, I definitely needed a proper ladder. It got tiresome dragging that chest of drawers around to reach the high places.

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