DIY Project: How to Install Wallpaper in a Home
05 Jul 2011
Wallpaper has been around since at least the 16th century and remains a popular way to bring color and textures to a room. There are many different types of wallpaper and thousands of designs. Installation of wallpaper looks intimidating but it's much easier then it looks. With good preparation and the correct tools hanging wallpaper can be done in a few hours.
Things You'll Need
Large wallpaper brush
1. Measure out from the corner of the wall and mark the width of the paper minus a 1/2 inch. Draw a plumb line (vertical line) at the mark with a level. This is your guide where your two strips of wallpaper will meet.
2. Unroll the wallpaper and place it against the wall with the pattern facing you. Decide where you want your pattern to fall and mark the spot with a pencil.
3. Cut the wallpaper into long strips with a sharp razor. Leave 2 extra inches at the top and bottom for matching the pattern. Excess paper will later be trimmed. You should use the first cut strip as a guide to cut the rest of the strips.
4. Place the cut strips pattern-side down on a large table and apply an even coat of paste with a paint roller.
5. Book the wallpaper. Fold the top half of the wallpaper to the middle and the bottom half of the wallpaper to the middle so the glue sides touch (fold into thirds).
6. Let the paper set for 5 minutes. This allows the glue to set in place.
7. Unfold the top half of the strip and place it on the marked spot at the top of the wall. Adjust the paper as needed so it aligns perfectly with the plumb line.
8. Smooth out the edges with a moist sponge.
9. Brush from the center of the strip to the edges of the paper with a wallpaper brush. Remove all wrinkles and air bubbles.
10. Unfold the strip's lower half and smooth the edges of the paper with a moist sponge.
11. Brush from the center of the strip to the edges. Remove all wrinkles and air bubbles.
12. Trim the excess paper with a sharp razor.
13. Hang the rest of the strips. Do not overlap the strips of paper.
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