The Best Techniques for Hanging Wallpaper

Line a room 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 choice.

But as frequently as homeowners attempt to hang themselves, they seldom get it right, cursing their paring tiles and mismatched patterns–it’s enough to drive you up a wallsocket. Enter John Gregoras, a pro newspaper hanger from Somers, New York, with almost two years’ experience. And, boydid we learn a lot – everything from how he plans the design to how he traces up the last seam. With this type of insider know-how, papering just got a whole lot easier.

Greatest Wallpaper Techniques Overview

Design is your key when you are learning how to hang wallpaper. Paying attention to the order where the paper goes up guarantees your pattern will stay well-matched and look straight. John Gregoras recommends functioning in 1 direction around the room to keep the pattern consistent.

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

Very often, the final strip of paper on a wall is not a complete sheet. Another wallpapering suggestion 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 mounted primer/sizer.

Unroll the wallpaper. As you do, check for defects and haul the paper from the border of your worktable to take away the curl.

Cut the paper into sheets 4 inches more than the height of your walls. Cut in the same region on the replicate so patterns on adjoining sheets will lineup.

Lay a cut sheet on the desk, face down.

Tip: Do not allow paste to get on the table or it will mar the next sheet (wipe it off with a barely damp sponge if it will ). Slide the paper all the way into the border of the table to apply paste to the ends and borders.

Book the Paper

Twist the glued back of the paper onto itself, bottom and top ends meeting in the center. Make sure 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 precise booking time advocated on the wallpaper’s label, which differs depending on its content (much more for vinyl-coated wallcoverings, less for uncoated papers).

Align First Strip

Start at a corner near your doorway. If the doorway is nowhere near the corner, then draw a reference line parallel to the door near the corner.

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

Examine the dimension between the paper and the door casing or benchmark line. Adjust the paper to help keep it parallel to the doorway but still overlapping at least ⅛ inch at the corner.

Tuck and Trim the Paper

Once the sheet is aligned, use the edge of a paper simpler to tuck the paper into the corner at the ceiling. (Do not press so hard for you to push out glue.)

Trim the excess paper in the ceiling: Push a 6-inch taping knife to the joint between the wall and ceiling. With a razor, cut above the knife to cut the excess. Work slowly. 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 adjacent wall, draw a plumb line (if there’s no door or door ).

Hang a strip at the corner. Overlap the existing piece on the adjoining wall by 1/8 inch. Quantify to the plumb line and adjust the paper to maintain the distance equivalent. Smooth the newspaper. Lean in the ceiling and then cut on the corner.

Hang the next strip of newspaper. Unfold the top of the novel and place it on the wall. Match the routine as tightly as possible, leaving just a hair’s width between sheets.

Suggestion: Push out air bubbles by sweeping the newspaper smoother from the center out to the edges. Wipe off paste on the surface with a sponge.

Close the Seams

Lightly press the top of the paper into the wall. Then lightly roll the seam using a seam roller to sew the edges.

Unfold the bottom of the sheet and complete matching and shutting the seam. Then tightly roll down the entire seam, working a full 3 inches in from the edge. This shields the seam, preventing it from opening as you smooth the newspaper.

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

Suggestion: If the reserved end of this strip starts to dry out before you hang it, wipe the wall with a damp sponge. This may remoisten the glue when you hang the paper.

Cut in About Moldings

At doors and windows, allow the paper overlap the molding by at least an inch.

Gently run the razor from the molding corner outside to the border of the paper. Utilize the molding for a guide.

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

Suggestion: Mistakes are inevitable once you’re learning how to hang wallpaper. Hide little cutting errors on darker papers by bleach the wall or the white border of the paper using a marker that matches the newspaper. Some pros even colour all of the paper’s borders 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 piece of wallpaper bigger than the plate. Cut from the part of the pattern that matches the paper onto the wall around the switch.

Apply paste to the plate, then lay it face down on the paper. Hold them on the wall and correct the paper to match the pattern onto the wall.

Hold the paper and then flip the plate face down. Cut the corners off 1/8 inch away 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 to the wall.