How to apply wallpaper

How to apply wallpaper

If you are thinking of giving one of your rooms a lift, a great way to do that is to apply cheerful wallpaper. First, you need to pick out a color that matches the rest of the decor in the room and if you want to refurbish the entire room, you could center the décor around a wallpaper you like very much. Remember that light pastel colors give the room a more relaxed and low key feeling, whereas red will be exciting and blue will make the room seem cooler.

Once you know what kinds of colors you are looking for, it is time to start thinking of what kind of wallpaper you would like to apply. The kind of wallpaper that is pre-pasted with tapestry glue will be much easier to apply and will be less messy as well. There are even reusable wallpapers, which stick to very smooth, clean walls and can be reapplied again and again. Before starting, remove all nails, fixtures, and switch plates. If the wall isn’t smooth, fill any holes with spackling and sand any rough spots and the spackling once it is dry.

If the wall has been previously papered, remove the old paper, and wash the walls with detergent unless you can’t remove the old paper. In that case, sand the edges or seams and apply oil-based paint. If you find the wall isn’t smooth, sandpaper the wall, apply a coat of primer, and use a high-quality indoor oil-based (alkyd) paint on the wall. The oil-based paint will dry much slower than the water-based variety, and a water-soluble type of paint is not good to use since the wallpaper will be applied with water.

Of course, you will want the wallpaper to hang straight so get a level to determine how to divide the space. Mark the guidelines with a pencil. If your walls have decorative wood at the top and bottom of the wall, take these off to apply the wallpaper. You can then reapply the wooden head and footboards to help give the room a more professional look.

Meanwhile, measure the room and calculate how much wallpaper you will need. Then, cut the paper into the correct size from top to bottom, also making sure that the pattern will match up on adjacent strips. To ensure you will have enough wallpaper, add a few inches to the measurement so you will be sure to have enough.

If you choose the kind of wallpaper that is reusable, wash your walls and make sure they are smooth by following the above steps. Once the paint is dry, peel about ten inches of the sticker type of backing off the wallpaper and start at the top of the wall in an inconspicuous area. Once you have applied the top of the wallpaper, slowly pull off the backing and fasten the wallpaper, being careful that there are no air bubbles under the wallpaper.

This can be done with a new dry paint roll, which will help in getting rid of the air bubbles. Keep repeating this step until you are finished with the room, carefully matching up the pattern. Do not overlap the edges of the wallpaper and be careful to cut off the excess wallpaper at the bottom and top with a razor knife.

If you prefer working with the pre-pasted variety of wallpaper, the same applies for the wall; it must be clean, smooth, and may have to be re-painted before applying the wallpaper. Make sure the paint is completely dry since the wallpaper will be wet when you apply it. To activate the glue on the wallpaper, you need to dip the entire strip of paper into a tray of water. Let it moisten according to the instructions included with the wallpaper.

Now you can lay the paper paste side up on the floor and wait a few minutes until the paper has expanded and begun the papering. Using the pencil marks from the lever, start in an inconspicuous area and smooth the paper with a damp sponge removing all air pockets. You can use a sharp construction razor knife to trim off any excess wallpaper at both the top and bottom. Do not overlap the wallpaper when applying the second strip, and keep going until you are finished.

If you are using the tapestry that isn’t pre-pasted, this entire process will have to be repeated, but you have to prepare the glue in advance by following the instructions included with the wallpaper and then evenly spreading the glue to the back of the wallpaper. Wait a few minutes for the paper to expand and the glue to set a little; then carefully apply the wallpaper to the wall. Repeat the cutting off the excess paper, and line up the other wallpaper strips but don’t overlap them.

Now that you are finished applying the wallpaper through the entire room you will be able to reapply the fixtures, sockets, and wooden head and footboards at the top and bottom of the wall. Good luck and have fun redecorating!

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