Wallpaper

Ready to renew your room with wallpaper but unsure of where to start? Follow these ten easy steps and you’ll have that room updated in no time!

Make sure to have all your tools and supplies close to hand – a large portable table makes the job easier.

  1. Start in an insignificant corner and measure out about 19”. Use a weighted string or plumb-bob to mark a vertical line at the 19” mark all the way from the ceiling to the baseboard. This is your starting point.
  2. Measure the all and add 3”. Cut the first strip this length and roll – paste side out – from bottom to top.
  3. Slowly feed the rolled up strip through a water tray filled with room temperature water. Allow excess water to drip into the tray. You may “book” or rest the strip for a moment but don’t leave it in the tray to relax.
  4. Line the wet strip up with the right edge of your plumb line. Keep it straight on the line and smooth the wallpaper onto the wall with a sponge or wallpaper smoother. Don’t use excessive pressure when smoothing the bubbles out to the edge.

Trim off the excess paper at the ceiling and baseboard with a sharp razor knife or mark and remove with a pair of scissors.

  1. Prepare the second strip the same as the first but make sure to match up the pattern before you cut it off the roll. All designs have a different match point and some, especially textures, may even be random – nothing to match. Always cut only one strip at a time.
  2. After matching up the last strip on each wall, measure the distance to the corner and add about 1” for your final strip. This will ensure a tight corner, even if the corner is imperfect.
  3. When turning the corner, again mark a plumb line to keep everything straight. You can overlap the previous strip slightly, particularly if the corner is not plumb.
  4. Doors and windows aren’t as challenging as they seem. First, smooth the strip to the vertical moulding and then cut at an angle of 45º from the overlapping wallpaper to the outside corner of the window or door frame. This will allow you to smooth down the pattern to the horizontal frame sections and trim off excess waste.
  5. Electricity is dangerous so be sure to turn off the electric power when papering around light switches.