Updating an entryway is often as easy as repainting the front door, but what if you don’t want the permanence of paint or you want a particular pattern or finish? Vinyl adhesive wallpaper is an affordable, semi-permanent solution that offers beautiful results and it comes in a range of patterns that rivals traditional wallpapers. 

Step 1

Clean Door and Remove Hardware

Remove door knob and other hardware. Thoroughly clean and dry the surface of the door to remove dirt, fingerprints and dust.

Step 2

Measure Door

Measure the width and height of your door to determine how many strips of wallpaper are needed to cover the surface (2 to 3 depending on the width of your roll). Keep in mind that the panels will need to overlap a little bit. If you’re using a patterned wallpaper, be aware of how frequently the pattern repeats.

Step 3

Trim Wallpaper

Trim the lengths of wallpaper from the roll, leaving a minimum excess of 1/2” on the top and bottom to account for shifting during application. The excess will be trimmed off later.

Step 4

Apply First Length

Remove the backing of the adhesive wallpaper from one end of the panel and align the edge of the wallpaper to be perfectly even with the edge of the door. Use gravity to your advantage and work from the top of the door to the bottom (Image 1). Use the rigid spine of a hardcover book to smooth bubbles from beneath the vinyl as you continue to slowly detach the contact paper from the back of the wallpaper.

Vinyl adhesive wallpaper is extremely easy to work with because it’s forgiving. If large bubbles appear between the door and the paper or if the paper is uneven, it peels free and reapplies without stretching or tearing (Image 2).

If you begin to notice small bubbles that can’t be smoothed out, you can correct it by poking the surface of the vinyl with a sewing needle to release the air. Test this method in an inconspicuous area first, the small holes left by the needle should not be visible, but they should be large enough to release the captured air.

Step 5

Apply Additional Lengths

Work slowly from top to bottom when installing the remaining panels of wallpaper. Be certain that patterns line up so the seams will be hidden. 

Step 6

Trim Excess Wallpaper

As you encounter the hinges, use a utility blade to trim the vinyl (Image 1). Use the blade to cut away the vinyl covering the holes for the knob and deadbolt (Image 2).

You will have excess wallpaper on the top and bottom of the door. It might be tempting to fold it over if the adhesion is strong, but you can use the utility blade to trim the excess away.

Step 7

Install Door Hardware

Reinstall the existing hardware (or use it as an opportunity to upgrade!)