Entryway Progress Report: A Quick Wallpaper Update!

A quick wallpaper updateYOU GUYS. Sorry for shouting, but I’m REALLY EXCITED to share my entryway progress with you! The other day we had our wallpaper installed, and I am just SO pleased with how it’s coming along.

You remember the before?

6a00d8358081ff69e201b7c7e4d272970b-piWe’ve come a long way since that photo! We did keep the existing marble tile (and had the grout refreshed), but the walls have changed A LOT.

A quick wallpaper update I spent the most time choosing this wallpaper. The reason I was so indecisive was since we did the the turquoise floor in the room right beside the entry, I didn’t want anything super loud or colorful because the floor is already SO bold. But I also didn’t want it to be boring. So it look a LONG TIME to find the perfect paper. I’m so glad I let it stay unfinished for six months because eventually we did find the perfect one.

What we ended up choosing is from Juju Papers. It’s handmade in Portland and really beautiful in person. It’s gold foiled, but not super shiny. I can’t wait for you to see the finished photos because these photos are only from my phone and don’t even do the space justice.

A quick wallpaper update I posted this photo midway through the process because I was excited about the former wallpaper being covered and our new pink door, but I think I accidentally misled some people because it LOOKS like we were painting over wallpaper. I would actually never recommend painting over wallpaper unless it’s so old that it might be a safety concern.

In this photo they were patching over a few holes and the wall where the chair rails used to be, and then it was primed so that the old pattern would not show through the wallpaper. This is normal. In each room they basically diagnose whether you can prime and cover the paper or if it needs to be removed. It just depends on the condition of your old paper.

I have gotten a lot of questions about DIYing wallpaper, and I honestly think it’s one of the things that you should not DIY. The paper is typically more expensive than the install. So DIYing the install is so risky. If you mess up, you could potentially ruin a lot of good paper and waste even more money. And after watching three rooms in our home be wallpapered, I can see how incredibly technical the whole process is. Very tedious!

Oh! And if you live in the Nashville area and need a wallpaper install recommendation, you can email me! elsie AT abeautifulmess DOT com. I am happy to share my source with you. (I love them!!)

A quick wallpaper update Here’s a photo from install day.

A quick wallpaper update Happy doesn’t even begin to describe it! Since this is the first room you see when you walk in the house, it REALLY changed the space. Jeremy was so happy as well. It feels so much closer to complete now… it’s just crazy!

A quick wallpaper update(Sorry to repeat the same pic again.)

I didn’t really talk about the pink door and that just doesn’t seem right! We’ve only painted the inside of it so far. I’m really glad we decided on pink. It really fits the space and makes it feel so personalized. I have this super cool door hardware in the closet. It was actually one of the first things I bought before we moved (I was WAY over eager, you guys), and I can’t wait to finally put it to good use.

Next up – hang our mirror, put down a rug, do a little styling and CALL IT DONE. It’s so close.

Sources: Paper/Sisters Of The Sun by Juju Papers, Table/Modern Buffet by West Elm (should I swap out the hardware or leave it?), Bench/Transit Bench by Gus Modern, Plant/Ponytail Palm (I don’t know what the other two are called), Pink Paint/Baby Blush by Valspar.

Can’t wait to share more soon!!! xx- Elsie

  • It turned out really great. But were do the coats go? In Holland you typically have a coatrack or something in your entry

  • I am literally dying over that paper! I LOVE it! I always find it so hard choosing paper because the patterns in the UK are pretty rubbish, but this is amazing! I love that it’s not overly shiney too and it’s still pretty neutral!
    xo April | April Everyday

  • that really is an amazing transition! I kinda wish the old home owners can see how you’ve spruced it up!

  • As the daughter of a general contractor: It’s best to use glossy/semi glossy on doors and cabinets that are going to get a lot of use because they clean up easier!

  • Love everything about this! Feeling some major inspirational vibes here! Love that buffet too. I would probably swap out the hardware to personalize it a bit more.

    I’m trying to bring more plants into my house, and just bought my own ponytail palm! I’m just concerned about the amount of sunlight mine will get where I have it. Does yours get a lot of sunlight in that location? I’m really good at killing plants and am hoping for better luck going forward.

  • Truthfully, this is not my style…and yet, I admire how you’ve turned the space. It is really pretty.

  • Oooh I’m so in love with the wallpaper, it looks so perfect and matches so well with the amazing pink door! Yaaay! :))

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  • Our tile guy first buffed and resealed the tile. Then he used grout refresh and used a scraper to get the excess off. He was NOT into that part… I think it’s pretty annoying. But so worth it when it’s done and a lot easier than removing the grout.
    xx- Elsie

  • I LOVE this door so there is no way I would alter it. There is a tiny peep hole though. 🙂
    xx- Elsie

  • We used semigloss for the door. 🙂 I always like to go more glossy on trim and doors and more matte on walls.
    xx! Elsie

  • Our installers determined that it was best to patch the wall flaws, prime it white and paper OVER the old paper. 🙂

  • It looks amazing! Definitely the perfect wallpaper for the space. Did you do the grout refresh yourself, or have that contracted? We’ve done grout when laying tile, but our 85 year old bathroom tiles desperately need some fresh grout (oh the hours I have TRIED to scrub away at it…)

  • Oh my gosh that looks AMAZING! I’m about to start work on my entry way and you’ve made the idea of wall papering so incredibly tempting! I don’t think I could talk my husband into it though…

  • I am so in love! Everything you do in your home is like magic. If I could, I’d fly you guys to help redecorate our home. Hihi. 🙂


  • I was thinking the same thing. No window at the front door. How do you know who’s there?

  • Wow! What a transformation. Love the pink door. I also absolutely adore the turquoise floor in the living room. I would love, love, love to try that in my house.

  • That wallpaper is beautiful, I love it combined with the pink door!!

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  • WOW this really is a big change! It looks so bright and beautiful! I want to move in immediately please!! 😀
    xx Caroline


  • I love, love, love this wallpaper!! (Just had a look at the Juju website and they have such great designs.) Great choice Elsie! What a lovely happy space to arrive home to.

  • Again you are totally having me rethink having pink in my color scheme. Sigh. Love the entry way and enjoying the reveal

  • I really like the wallpaper, it’s an eye catcher without being too much and it fits nicely to the floor. And that door is perfect!

  • I love the new wallpaper! So bright and fun – definitely my style… although I don’t think hubby would appreciate, ha! www.soulandsparkle.com

  • what a warm welcome into your home =o) love the new wallpaper!


  • I feel like it needs a window. I would put glass in all those panels on the front door to let in more light and be able to see whose at my door…and sun for the plants 🙂

  • Such a great entryway transformation! I recently did one myself for our apartment! When you get a chance, check it out 🙂


    PS I love your blog!

  • That pink door in everything! Such a gorgeous shade!

    xx Allison @ alwayseatdessert.com

  • Wow, what a transformation! I love this space, the colors and whole feel are just so fun and chic. I say swap out the hardware. Make it as magical as possible!

  • Love the pink door, our front door is pink too and I absolutely adore it! The wallpaper is so pretty, you’ve really nailed it 🙂


  • Love this room! We have done our own wallpapering several times and it’s pretty simple when you get the knack. We had Cole and sons palm leaf in our old house and I miss that paper, nerve racking to put up but so fabulous ?

  • Hi Elsie,

    I’m a cabinet painting newbie (and loving it!). What paint finish would you recommend for doors? I know you wrote that you used Valspar paint but I was wondering what type of paint. It of course, must differ from what is used on walls, right?. They have so many lines and I get confused.

  • This is by far my favorite thing that you’ve done in that house so far! Subtle but such a statement!

  • Everything about this space is so beautiful!!! I think it’s my favorite so far… 🙂 and I’d say, yes, swap out the hardware… 😉

  • sorry, i’m a bit confused. did you remove the old wallpaper before putting the new one up?

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