When is a book not a book? Well, when it’s a door. A bathroom door, to be precise: in our teeny-tiny rental, due to the fact that we essentially live in a single room hacked up to create an entire flat, our internal doors are sadly just standard-issue, flat-and-featureless numbers rather than slabs of original Victoriana. For some reason, whilst three of them are just painted an inoffensive white, the bathroom door remains in its natural (chipboard) timber state , which has always kind of irked me. But rather than paint it up to match, I decided to do something a little more interesting. So when an offcut of the oft-admired Ex Libris wallpaper by Cole and Son came my way after an editorial photoshoot (above), I decided to turn the entry to the throne-room into a little trompe-l’oeil masterpiece.
Due to the fact that I will undoubtedly have to turn the door back into its inferior state before my tenancy ends, I cheated somewhat in the application of the wallpaper here, by just using strips of double-sided tape in grids across the door. Bear in mind, if trying this at home, that unless your door is supermodel skinny you’ll probably need a couple of drops to cover the entire surface (most wallpapers are around 55cm wide). So first things first, I took the handle off the door to get a neat finish (an easy job with a screwdriver) and marked out the tape. Then, lining the paper up flush with the long edge of the door, I allowed an overhang on the top and bottom (easier to then just whip this off afterwards with a stanley knife). Then just line up the second drop, re-fit the door handle and bob’s your uncle.
See what I did there with the whole mirroring the bookshelves above thing? Clever, non? Just a word of caution – whilst this trick is great for a hallway-facing door, inside the bathroom itself is not the best place to cover a wooden surface with paper affixed with sticky strips. Humidity + condensation + paper product = big warpy mess. But only a huge doofus would make that mistake, right? Ha!
*hangs head in shame whilst glancing at the big warpy mess on the other side of said door whilst trying to work up the energy to pick it all off…*