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Wallpapering Basics Instructions

  • Introduction

    Wallpapering a room enhances the beauty and individuality of your home. There are literally millions of wallpaper patterns available which suit any taste. Wallpapering is not an especially easy job and certainly takes time to do an excellent job, but dramatic results are well worth the effort invested.

  • Overview

    The basic steps to completing a paneling project are to, first choose the best place to begin. Then snap the vertical chalk line, and put up the first strip of wallpaper. You will then need to match up the pattern on the subsequent strips and finally, make any necessary cuts and seam roll the seams.

  • Wallpaper Installation

    The first strip of wallpaper that you lay is the most important as any errors in it’s placement will continue and compound for all subsequent strips of wallpaper. You should choose an inconspicuous area in your room to begin as your wallpaper job will result in some sort of mismatch as your come “full-circle” in your room. Think about how you most often enter a room and which corner is least visible.

  • Preparation

    Wallpapering is a messy job – be sure that you have protected your floor and furniture sufficiently with a cloth or plastic tarp. Wash your hands often to prevent marring the wallpaper and be sure to wipe clean any excess paste after laying each strip with a damp sponge.

  • Wallpaper Installation

    Your first step will be to snap a vertical line on the wall with a plumb bob. Be sure to do this step VERY carefully as all subsequent strips of paper will be based on the precision of THIS line.

  • Wallpaper Installation

    Lay out your wallpaper on your table and cut the length a few inches more than needed. For example, for an 8’ wall from baseboard to crown molding, cut approximately an 8’4” length. Cut several strips to size with an additional few inches to spare for alignment. Test the alignment on your table as shown.

  • Wallpaper Installation

    Depending on the manufacturer’s recommendation, you may fold your paper either by booking it, or in accordion style as shown. Paste half of your paper with an inch or two left unpasted on the top. Fold this section over and paste and fold the other half. After you have folded your paper in either booking or accordion style, allow the paste to set as long as the manufacturer recommends – a couple minutes should suffice if the manufacturer makes no recommendation.

  • Wallpaper Installation

    If you are using pre-pasted paper, you will need to soak your paper after you have cut it to size in a water tray, and place the tray below the section you are about to paper. Roll the paper so that you’re pattern is internal and place the roll in your tray. Pull the paper up from the tray and line it against your plumb line.

  • Wallpaper Installation

    With pasted paper, unfold the top half of the paper and align with your plumb line. DO NOT unfold the bottom half as it will be more difficult to make adjustments to your alignment. With a wall papering brush or your sponge, smooth the paper out and remove any air bubbles. Work from the center out and up. Reach behind the paper and loosen the lower half of your strip, making sure that the entire section is plumb. Smooth the lower section of your paper using vertical strokes. Be sure to get the top and bottom tight to the corners at your ceiling and base molding.

  • Wallpaper Installation

    Trim the top and bottom with a taping knife and a sharp utility knife. Clean off any excess paste with your sponge, and then continue to hang subsequent strips.

  • Wallpaper Installation

    Repeat the pasting and folding procedure. Align your subsequent strips about 1/8 to ¼ inch from your previous strip and slide each strip towards the previous set strip. Allow your new strip to buckle slightly to allow for shrinkage during drying. Allow each strip to dry for about 10-15 minutes before laying the next strip of wallpaper. To get your seams as tight as possible, use a seam roller to seal the seams of each strip.

 

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