Use Vinyl As Wallpaper

Like the look of a wood wall?  There are vinyl peel and stick flooring pieces that can be used on the wall to give you a rustic accent wall! You can also use traditional square peel and stick vinyl!  Either way, we know you will have an amazing masterpiece that will become the focal point of your room!

Also: youtube is your friend!  There are tons of great videos that will walk you through the process of how to add vinyl tile to a wall!

Although it is peel and stick we will recommend you secure the vinyl to your wall with a product called Stick-N-Stay. It will keep the vinyl pieces from sliding or falling off the wall.

What You Need

  • Paint Brush / Paint Stirrers

  • Box Cutter (with new blade)

  • Measuring Tape

  • Level

  • Sharpie / Marker

  • (Possibly) Sanding Block / Paper

  • Paint Roller with Roller Sponge

  • Several Old Rags


You'll need a place to lay the planks while you apply the adhesive as well as a place to cut the planks. 


Wall Prep

  1. Remove Artwork, Nails, Outlet Covers, ETC.

  2. Smooth Imperfections - The wall does not have to be perfectly smooth but any notable lumps and bumps from plaster build-up and what not should be quickly sanded down.

  3. Quick Wall Wash - just use dish soap and water and wash the wall down before starting


Step 1

Working bottom to top seems to be the best route for applying vinyl planks to a wall with adhesive for the sheer gravity factor. Working ground-up gives each row above the previous a "shelf" to sit on and also keeps your project level without you having to monitor your progress much.

Step 2

To begin, grab a plank and peel off the wax backing in the direction described by the arrows on the wax paper.


Step 3

With a paintbrush, (a little smaller than the width of the planks is best) scoop out a nice big goop of adhesive and slather onto the sticky side of the plank. Make sure to cover all of the back of the plank with adhesive. Then use the long edge of a paint stirrer to scrape off access clumps of adhesive paste. You don't have to be mega precise and it's perfectly okay if some adhesive spreads onto the wood side. Once you get the planks on the wall any visible adhesive will wipe right off.


Step 4

Begin from either side and stick the plank to the wall making sure to line up the sides and bottom of the plank to the side and bottom of the wall. Press firmly on the blank holding it in place for 5 to 10 seconds. Use a rag to polish off any adhesive from the plank and any seepage from the edges. With a clean, dry paint roller, roll the plank (put some elbow grease into it) in all directions. Before moving onto the next plank, use your fingers to kind of press down on the top of the plank and make sure it's sitting firmly in place.


Step 5

Using a strict cutting/measuring formula is not necessary to create depth in this project. Simply continue to eyeball your progress while applying the planks. Then decide whether a shorter/longer piece should be next. 


Step 6

Begin each new row from the opposite edge of the wall as the previous. I applied a few rows using the uncut plank, uncut plank, cut plank method and then I would start the next few rows with a piece of a plank that I cut without measuring. Next to that piece I would place either an uncut plank or another cut piece just depending on what looked best. When I got close to the edge I would use the "hold up plank and mark to measure" or the "measure blank space with a tape measure" method for the last plank of the row.