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

See Also… How To Remove Wallpaper

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How To Wallpaper | 10 Easy Steps | Part 1

How To Wallpaper

How To Wallpaper | Great Couples Project!

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

How To Wallpaper | Illustration: Stephen Dew

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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How To Wallpaper | 10 Easy Steps | Part 2

See Also… How To Remove Wallpaper

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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

How To Remove Wallpaper

So you are tired of your old wallpaper, or perhaps you just moved into a home with tacky old wallpaper and you need to get rid of it. How to remove wallpaper? It’s a question that tends to stress-out anyone who needs to tackle this task, but the answer is surprisingly simple, and the process is not as difficult as you might imagine.

Is it Strippable Wallpaper?

Many wallpapers today are the easy strippable kind, so you need to do a test to check what type is on your walls. Pry a seam up on the edge using a utility knife and tug the wallpaper down at an angle, keeping both of your hands close to the edge you are lifting. If the wallpaper peels off in long sheets and does not leave and adhesive residue, your paper is strippable and your project will be super easy. To learn how to remove wallpaper if it is not strippable… keep reading.

How to Remove Wallpaper

How to Remove Wallpaper – Photo:
Tearsxintherain / Flickr

Prepare Your Area

You will need to cover floors, furniture and anything valuable you cannot remove from the room with protective plastic drop cloths so these surfaces and items do not get damaged in this process. Shut off all circuit breakers that power the area you will be working in. Removing older wallpaper, or the types of wallpaper that requires adhesive, will take a lot of water, and it will be a very messy job.

How to Remove Wallpaper

How to Remove Wallpaper

Pull Off The Wallpaper Facing

Start near the ceiling at a corner where wallpaper tends to be looser and use a putty knife to lift up the edges of the wallpaper facing. Pull the wallpaper off the wall at an angle using slow, steady pressure. The backing will be left behind, and this is fine since in the next step you will use water to soften and remove it from the wall. The longer a wallpaper has been on a wall, the more difficult it tends to be to remove it, in cases where wallpaper is especially difficult to remove, you may need special tools like a  scoring tool or an electric steamer.

Apply Water and Fabric Softener Or A Chemical Wallpaper Stripper

In this step you may want to wear gloves to protect your hands. You will need to either use one of the commercially available spray-on wallpaper strippers, or you can use warm water and add a cap full of liquid softener per liter of water. Then take a thick sponge or paint roller and apply the solution onto the wallpaper working with water as warm as you can reasonably stand it. If you use water, let it soak for roughly 15 minutes, then scrape the paper from the wall with a putty knife, you may have to repeat this process several times to get all the residue. If you use a spray-on wallpaper stripper, follow the instructions on the bottle.

Modern Wallpaper Update by Washington

A fresh new look! Modern Wallpaper Update by Washington -Vignette_8103

Patch and Repair Any Wall Damage

After you have removed every bit of the wallpaper, and you have allowed the wall to completely dry (overnight recommended), you can begin the process of prepping the wall for fresh paint, or a new wallpaper… strippable this time! Patch up damage with joint compound and sand the rough patches smooth with a hand sander, making sure to wear a mask to protect against breathing in the dust. If you plan to apply fresh wallpaper, you can use an acrylic primer that is formulated for wallpaper application that makes removing the wallpaper much easier in the future. Now you know how to remove wallpaper!

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Removing Grasscloth Wallpaper

Removing Solid Vinyl Wallpaper


Modern Wallpaper

Olympia by Beacon House and Brewster Vignette_9149

Wallpaper has recently made a big comeback as people begin to realize just how fashion-forward it really is. There are many uses for modern wallpaper applications that do not necessarily include using it on just a wall. Designer wallpaper is now more detailed than ever with patterns that include vivid colors, metallic accents, soft or rough textures, and 3d shapes. Homeowners and designers alike are using wallpaper to do more than ever before; such as covering a headboard, creating wall art, or even adding a coordinating feature wall design to the insides of bookcases!

Contemporary Wallpaper

Brava by New Line Fabrics Vignette_8814

Using wallpaper designs is one way homeowners today are creating an environment that is essentially an extension of themselves, a personalized Zen space. Using paint alone, you could not create the visual depth a 3d wallpaper can create. Not that you want to overdo it with wallpapering every inch of every wall in your home; in most cases you would want to be able to add wallpaper as a focal point in the room. Try using your favorite pattern on an accent wall, or use wallpaper to give small spaces the illusion of more space.

Nature Wallpaper

Shand Kydd Imagination by Blue Mountain Pattern #: SK175201

One of the most popular styles currently is nature wallpaper, designers are using natural themes to bring the outdoors feeling into the home in surprisingly elegant ways. Recently designer Melissa Miranda of HGTV cleverly utilized both nature wallpaper (See Photo) and the black and white trend to give a tiny bathroom more life. Small rooms like bathrooms are the perfect place to try bold wallpaper ideas that you might be unsure of using elsewhere.

Hello Kitty Wallpaper

Brothers and Sisters 4 by York – Pattern #: BT2770

Wallpapers are great for children’s rooms as well, both boys and girls rooms can benefit from the variety of kids themed wall coverings and peel-and-stick wall decals on the market. Girls of all ages love the ever-popular Hello Kitty wallpaper; they can choose between several styles and can even help choose where the Hello Kitty peel-and-stick wall decals should go. Boys can enjoy the super hero room of their dreams with wallpaper borders and peel and stick wall decor featuring their favorite hero’s like Spiderman, Batman, and Green Lantern.

Christmas Wallpaper Ideas

Wallpaper Parkwood Velvet Pattern#: 2356D0332

Some savvy crafters are even using cheap or free wallpaper samples to use in various crafting projects. Large wallpaper samples are usually priced from $1.00 to $5.00 and can be framed as photographs, used to cover cork-boards and books, or even used to line drawers! Leftover Christmas wallpaper is even great for giving new life to those nice but very boring re-usable brown or white gift boxes.

Stay tuned for the next article… “How to remove wallpaper”.

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*Tennessee Residents must pay sales tax due to state law.