A Happy Hutch
December 13, 2016
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 Chasing Paper for West Elm 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 below!
Tools + Materials • Chasing Paper Fern Wall panels in Stone (set of 4) • Smoothing tool • Ruler • Pencil • Scissors
“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!”
“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!”
“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!”