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Peel and Stick Wallpaper Removal

The time has come to say goodbye to our little honeymoon apartment. My husband and I spent our first two years of marriage in this 550 square foot, 1920’s apartment, and it was the inspiration for Where We Gather. Now we are headed to The Lone Star State of Texas, and as we prepare our apartment for moving out, one question looms large: Is peel and stick wallpaper removal as easy and renter friendly as it is advertised to be?

Before installing this wallpaper from Tempaper, I ordered a few samples before deciding on a pattern. I can’t say I was pleased to find that the sample left a very tacky residue on the wall. We weighed the cost of applying this wallpaper and having an entire wall of sticky residue, but decided to go for it, hoping that our landlord wouldn’t come in for inspection and run her hands across the wall. I mean, who does that?

Peel and stick wallpaper removal was supposed to be simple, but I still assumed it would leave some damage to the paint. I mean, how can something that adheres to the wall so well, not pull off at least some of the paint when it comes down? But let me tell you, I was so pleasantly surprised! Not only was our paint 100% in tact and undamaged, but there was no sticky residue! My guess is that the adhesive used for samples is different than that used for the full sheets of paper. This wallpaper came down in all of 10 minutes and was literally headache free. One less moving stress to worry about. I can’t speak for other brands, but Tempaper wallpaper is truly a renter friendly product, even on our matte finish walls.

So now the wallpaper is down, and everything has been boxed up, and our apartment is slowly turning back into a version of a house that isn’t our home anymore. Geesh! Anyone else get as sentimental as I do over moving??! The amount of times I have moved in my life can probably rival most of you, but it gets me every single time. Stay tuned as we find a new place to gather and call home.

blank wall after wallpaper has been removed

Now that you know that it is safe to use this peel and stick wallpaper, check out the install process here!

Completely undamaged old, textured, matte paint after peel and stick wallpaper removal.