We love a good one-day DIY; the kind of project that is simple enough to accomplish in a single sitting and beautiful enough to give you an enormous, pat-yourself-on-the-back sense of accomplishment. This makeover from Kim and Scott Vargo of the Chicago-based home decor blog, Yellow Brick Home is one such project. Propelled by a desire to upgrade their kitchen hutch with a dose of pattern, Kim and Scott decided to enlist west elm + Chasing Paper’s peel-and-stick wallpaper panels to do the trick. The paper’s design is one that recedes elegantly into the background while adding a chic accent upon closer inspection. Check out Kim’s DIY directions below!
Yellow Brick Home’s Kim and Scott Vargo are helping us to celebrate the grand opening of west elm Skokie on August 19th! Swing on by from 6-8pm to meet the Vargos and get inspiration for your next DIY project! RSVP here.
Tools + Materials
Chasing Paper Fern Wall panels in Stone (set of 4)
“We wanted to give our hutch subtle dimension, so we opted for Chasing Paper wallpaper panels in Stone, with a color palette that closely matched our existing hutch shelving. Each panel is 2’x4’, and I began by laying them all out so that I could see how the seams would align. Luckily, the paper reads from left to right perfectly, with the top of each panel beginning in the same place as well!”
“I measured each shelf of our hutch independently at least three times, and I drew myself a small diagram of these measurements. I decided to work from left to right, top to bottom on the hutch, which would minimize the amount of cuts I would have to make and keep a continuous pattern.
“Starting at the top and measuring down, I used a pencil to lightly draw a line that mimicked the height of the first shelf. In this case, I repeated this step across three panels to cover the shelf in its entirety. The paper is thick, so a pair of sharp scissors is key to prevent snags or jagged edges!”
“A dry fit ensured I was on the right path, and I quickly learned that cutting off a “starter” strip from the backing would help things along. Applying the paper along my first straight edge was the most stressful part, but the good news is that this paper is very forgiving! I had to start over a few times, but luckily, slowly peeling the paper back to try again was never an issue.”
“With the first strip of adhesive in place, I used a smoother with one hand to follow along the paper’s path while I peeled the backing off with my other hand. Because the paper is thick, the application was surprisingly smooth and trouble free! If I saw any air bubbles, I would push them down with my finger, and they came right out.”
“I repeated this process on the second shelf, and I was able to complete the entire project from start to finish in under two hours! Tip: Because I worked from left to right, I found it was best to cut the width of my third strip last. The paper will stretch ever so slightly, making the last measurement slightly less than you might expect.”
“I had previously painted the interior of the hutch white, so I opted to keep the shelves paper-free. The soft white is a near perfect match to the fern pattern! We love the way it turned out, as it provides a tiny oomph to our decanters. Scott said no less than three times that he wonders why we didn’t think to do this sooner!”