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The Best Techniques for Hanging Wallpaper

The Best Techniques for Hanging Wallpaper

Line an area with wallpaper and you’ve got instant decoration. From blah to bold in a matter of hours, paper can push boundaries beyond what paint can do. It enlivens walls with stripes or patterns or both–your pick. And as a bonus, it pushes minor imperfections in plaster and drywall, also.

However, as often as homeowners try to hang paper themselves, they seldom get it right, cursing their peeling seams and mismatched patterns–it is enough to drive you up a wall. Input John Gregoras, a pro paper hanger out of Somers, New York, with nearly two years’ experience. And, boy, did we learn a great deal – everything from the way he plans the layout to how he lines up the last seam. With this kind of insider know-how, papering just got a whole lot simpler.

Best Wallpaper Techniques Overview

Design is the key if you are learning how to hang wallpaper. Paying attention to the sequence in which the paper goes up guarantees your pattern will remain well-matched and seem straight. John Gregoras recommends functioning in 1 direction around the space to keep the pattern consistent.

But regardless of how good your technique, the pattern between the first and last strip will seldom match up. Because of this, Gregoras always starts his job behind a door, papering from the corner till he reaches the distance above the door– at the least conspicuous spot in the room.

Very often, the final strip of paper on a wall is not a full sheet. So another wallpapering tip Gregoras uses is to always paper the corners together with split sheets.

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Apply Wallpaper Paste

Paint the whole room with a wall primer/sizer.

Unroll the background. As you do, check for flaws and drag the paper against the edge of your worktable to take away the curl.

Cut in precisely the exact same place on the repeat so patterns on adjoining sheets will line up.

Lay a cut sheet on the desk, face down.

Suggestion: Do not allow paste to get on the desk or it will mar another sheet (wash it off with a barely damp sponge if it does). Slide the paper all the way to the edge of this table to use paste to the ends and edges.

Novel the Paper

Fold the pasted back of the paper on itself, bottom and top ends meeting in the center. Make sure that the side edges line up perfectly. Smooth the paper onto itself as far as you can without creasing the springs.

Set the paper apart to permit the glue to soak in and also the paper to unwind. Be sure to adhere to the exact booking time advocated on the wallpaper’s tag, which differs based on its content (more for vinyl-coated wallcoverings, less for uncoated papers).

Align First Strip

Start at a corner near your doorway. In case the door is far from the corner, draw a reference line parallel to the doorway near the corner.

Overlap roughly 2 inches at the ceiling and also 1/8 inch at the corner. Gently press it in position.

Unfold the bottom of the book and let it hang. Examine the dimension between the paper and the door casing or reference line. Adjust the paper to keep it parallel to the doorway but nevertheless overlapping at ⅛ inch at the corner.

Tuck and Trim the Paper

(Do not press so hard for you to push out glue.)

Trim the excess paper at the ceilingPush a 6-inch taping knife into the joint between the wall and ceiling. Using a razor, cut above the knife to cut the surplus. Work gradually. Alternate between cutting and moving the knife. Don’t slide the knife and razor together. Keep on papering to some point over the door.

Continue Papering

On the adjoining wall, then draw a plumb line (if there’s no door or door ).

Hang a strip at the corner. Overlap the present piece on the adjoining wall by 1/8 inch. Measure to the plumb line and adjust the paper to keep the space equal. Smooth the paper. Lean in the ceiling and trim the corner.

Hang the next strip of paper. Unfold the top of the novel and place it at the wall. Match the routine as tightly as you can, leaving just a hair’s width between the sheets.

Suggestion: Push air bubbles out by sweeping the newspaper smoother from the middle out to the edges. Wipe off glue on the surface using a sponge.

Close to the Seams

Lightly press on the surface of the paper into the wall. Then lightly roll the seam using a seam roller to flatten down the edges. Now use the ends of your fingers to push the seam shut.

Unfold the bottom of the sheet and complete fitting and closing the seam. Then tightly roll down the entire seam, working a full 3 inches from the edge.

Smooth the whole sheet. Continue papering the room, trimming and overlapping corners as shown in Step 5.

Suggestion: If the booked end of this strip starts to dry out until you hang it, then wipe the wall with a damp sponge. This will remoisten the glue when you hang on the paper.

Cut in About Moldings

At doors and windows, let the paper float the molding by an inch.

Carefully run the razor out of the molding corner out to the border of this paper. Utilize the molding as a guide.

Press the cut edge tight in the joint between the molding and the wall.

Trim the excess paper flap using a taping knife and razor. Smooth down the entire sheet.

Tip: Mistakes are inevitable when you’re learning how to hang wallpaper. Hide small cutting mistakes on darker papers by bleach the wall or the white edge of the paper using a marker that matches the paper. Some pros even colour all of the paper’s edges so seams aren’t as evident should the paper shrink as it dries.

Cover Switch

Paper the cover plates of electric fixtures to make them vanish. Cut a sheet of wallpaper bigger than the plate. Cut from the component of the pattern which matches the paper on the wall around the switch.

Apply paste to the plate, then put it face down on the paper. Hold them both on the wall and then adjust the paper to match the pattern on the wall.

Hold the paper and then turn the plate face down. Cut the corners off 1/8 inch off from the plate. Wrap the paper above the plate and then tape it on.

Cut out the change or receptacle holes with a razor. Make Xs in the screw holes. Screw the plates back on the wall.


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