How To Wallpaper | 10 Easy Steps | Part 2

how to wallpaper prep

How to Wallpaper Prep Photo: by m gifford of Flickr

In part 1 we took you through the process of planning how to wallpaper. We showed you the tools you will need to get the job done the right way. In part 2 we will continue by tackling the wallpapering job itself. Let’s get started…

Step 3: Prepare Your Space

You will need to move all furniture away from the walls to the center of the room, remove photos from walls, and take down curtains and curtain hardware. If you have anything especially fragile or easily damaged remove it from the room, you need enough space to set up your supplies and pasting table so you can work without too many obstacles in the way. Make sure to cover and protect outlets and light switches.

Professional Tip: Make sure to follow any specific how to wallpaper  instructions that come with your wallpaper paste and the wallpaper itself.

Measuring Wallpaper

Measuring Wallpaper

Step 4: Measure & Mark Your Way

Measure the height of your walls at a few points around the room using the maximum measurement plus an additional 4 inches, you can then trim at the ceiling and baseboard later for the perfect fit. Start at a corner where there are no doors or windows if possible and use a plumb bob to mark a straight line for your first strip. Begin an inch or two less than one roll width away from the corner, make sure to do this for each corner you round.

Step 5: Cutting Wallpaper

Use your stainless steel scissors to cut your first strip of wallpaper. Avoid cutting several strips of paper until you hang the first one, this will allow you to change length if necessary. Once you have the right length it is helpful to cut many to help the work go faster.

Step 6: Pasting Wallpaper

Place the wallpaper back-side up on your pasting table. Add paste evenly from the centre of the paper to the edge of the paper. Make sure not to use too much paste, and also ensure the wallpaper is coated evenly to all edges.

Professional Tip: Make sure to check your specific wallpaper manufacturer’s instructions, they may vary from this method. Some wallpaper requires a soak time, others are pre-pasted and may require no added paste and will use water instead.

Step 7: Hanging Wallpaper

Hanging Wallpaper

Hanging Wallpaper by no prawns of Flickr

Carefully press the pasted wallpaper to the top of the wall, aligning it neatly with your pre-measured line, leave some surplus paper at the top for trimming later. Smooth the wallpaper into position starting at the top and working down using a wallpaper brush to avoid air bubbles. Make sure to watch so your paper lines up with your measurements all the way down.

Step 8: Finish Up

Smooth the wallpaper into the creases between the wall, ceiling, and baseboard as you go, then once finished trim along the creases. Wipe any excess paste from the wallpaper surface, ceiling, and baseboards with damp cloths or a sponge.  When the wallpaper is nearly dry, smooth the seams between strips with a seam roller, do not over-roll since this can cause the paste to be too thin and the edges will lift.

Professional Tip: Use a smoothing brush to tap seams on the following wallpaper types: embossed wallpaper, fabric wallpaper, foil wallpaper, and flocked wallpaper.

Step 9: Troubleshooting Wallpaper Issues

Air Bubbles: A common issue with wallpaper is air bubbles and there is an easy solution, simply make a tiny neat incision, apply paste, and smooth the wallpaper gently back into place with a seam roller.

Paste Bubbles: If paste is added too thickly or gets trapped it can make bubbles just like air. In this case make another tiny incision and squeeze out excess paste, then wipe it clean with a damp cloth.

Uneven Ceiling Line: Often the only way to fix this is with crown molding or by adding a narrow wallpaper border.

Peeling Wallpaper: The most dreaded of issues, often the solution is to re-paste the paper on the edges. If this does not fix your issue you may have to remove the strip, clean the wall, and re-paste the paper. This issue is usually caused by poorly preparing walls, of by not pasting the edges of the wallpaper well-enough.

Brava By New Line Fabrics Pattern #: 5918838

Brava By New Line Fabrics Pattern #: 5918838

Step 10: Enjoy Your New Wallpaper

After all that hard work you can step back and… finally… enjoy it. You have created an inspiring new space to enjoy for many years to come! Now you know how to wallpaper a room.

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How To Wallpaper | 10 Easy Steps | Part 1

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