How To Wallpaper | 10 Easy Steps | Part 1

How To Wallpaper

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Whether you are a complete wallpaper novice or you just need a few reminders on how to wallpaper a room, this article will provide everything you need to know. With these 10 easy steps in mind, you will be able to tackle the job of wallpapering with confidence from start to finish. We take you from the planning stage through the rewarding finish –print this handy guide and everything should go right!

Step 1: Planning How To Wallpaper

Planning is an important step in the process of installing wallpaper since there are not only many different designs, but also many different types of wallpaper. The current and most popular types of wallpaper are the textured paintable wallpaper and grass cloth, which is a type of wallpaper made with organic materials including jute, hemp, silk, and ramie. You also need to consider other options such as strippable, lining paper, vinyl coated, washable, scrubbable, and cloth or fabric.

Professional Tip: The type of wallpaper, and the options it has will be important to consider depending on where the wallpaper will be applied, what is appropriate for a bedroom may not be the right choice for a kitchen or bath.

How To Wallpaper

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Step 2: How To Wallpaper | The Right Tools

Investing in the right tools for the job is half the battle; these tools will see you through this and many projects in years to come. Aside from your choice of wallpaper you will need:

  • Wallpaper Paste – Unless It Comes Pre-Pasted or Self-Sticking. You may want to buy some paste as a back-up anyways, just in case any of the self-adhesive variety has an issue staying put.
  • Sugar Soap / TSP – This cleans the walls before applying the wallpaper.
  • Sponge
  • Primer Or Sealant – To prepare walls for papering.
  • Drop Cloths
  • Electric Or Hand Sander
  • Spray Bottle – To moisten wallpaper if you need to reposition or remove it.
  • Sturdy Step Ladder
  • Measuring Tape & Ruler
  • Level
  • Painters Tape & Pencil
  • Straight Edge
  • Pasting Table – A long wide board  on top of old buckets can work well.
  • A Clean Stirring Stick & Two Buckets For Paste and Water
  • Paste Brush
  • A Plumb Bob Weight
  • A Bristle Brush
  • Stainless Steel Scissors
  • Damp Cloths – To clean off excess paste.
  • Broad Blade Knife
  • Trimming Knife
  • Toss-Away Clothes – This process can be messy and stain clothing just like painting.

You May Also Need:

  • Overlap Paste – For Vinyl Wallpaper.
  • Water Tray – For Pre-Pasted Paper.
  • Safety Goggles – To protect your eyes.
  • Felt Wallpaper Roller – For flock, molded, and other delicate wallpaper.
  • Steam Stripper – To Help remove old wallpaper.
  • Extra Wallpaper – You may need to make repairs in the future, so having an extra roll handy is a good idea.

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Source: We recommend this great book for further reading, it has served as a wonderful resource for this article. “How to Decorate with Wallpaper: A Practical and Inspirational Guide with Step-by-Step Projects” – by: Bernadette Fallon and Lauren Floodgate

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I am a writer and interior design enthusiast for Gable Point LLC. You can learn more about me and my projects by checking out my Google+ page.

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  1. Mitch Jones says:

    Thank you for the good writeup. I enjoyed it.

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