For those who want to change the look of their home without much hassle, applying wallpaper is a good option. This technique guarantees a renewed and stylish environment with the most diverse effects and patterns, in addition, it requires low investment and can still be done by yourself!
Changing the face of an environment using this type of coating may seem complicated, but it’s not a seven-headed bug. Follow our step-by-step guide to applying stress-free wallpaper and the post for details on the procedure.
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How to apply wallpaper: step by step
For an effective application, check out the list of materials that cannot be missed:
- tape measure
- dry cloth
- Powdered wallpaper paste
- Container to dilute the glue
- White glue for paper corners
1. Measure the wall
To find out how many rolls of paper to buy, measure the widths (linear footage) of all the walls that will be covered. Add it all up and multiply by the height of the walls. Divide this number by 4.5, if the paper is smooth or has only one texture, or by 4 if it is stamped (in which case it is good to have a spare to be able to match the designs of one strip with the other). If the final number is broken, round up.
2. Clean and prepare the surface
Keep everything you will need close at hand: ladder, bucket with a little water, brush, meter or measuring tape, scissors, stiletto, fur brush, soft sponge, spatula, and a plumb line.
3. Level the wall
Make sure the wall is level and free of cracks or sagging areas. If there is any irregularity, apply plaster and sand the wall, so that it is even. The surface must also be clean, free from dust and moisture.
4. Cutt the wallpaper
Prepare the patch according to the package instructions. While it rests, take the measurement of the height of the wall, mark it on the paper and add 10 centimeters, which will be used to cut the excess along with the ceiling and baseboard (5 centimeters at each end).
5. Prepare the wallpaper
With the brush, pass the sticker on the back of the paper. Fold the paper in the direction of the sticker and wait one minute. In the meantime check the wall plumb.
6. Apply wallpaper paste
First, protect surfaces from any spills with a plastic or tarp. Then, with the brush spread the glue or wallpaper paste over the paper and fold the paper strip, leaving glue with glue. Wait 5 minutes in the case of imported paper or 2 minutes in the case of the national paper, and apply the glue again. Fold the paper once more and apply it directly to the wall.
7. Glue the corners of the wall
A good tip is to apply white glue to the top and bottom corners of the wall. This procedure ensures that the edges of the paper do not come off easily. Depending on the type of paper you choose, you may need to apply white glue all over the wall. To be sure, it is worth checking with the manufacturer or dealer if there is such a need.
8. Apply the paper to the wall
To make the application easier, start the application from the top of the wall, fitting it in the corners, if necessary, adjust the paper with your hands to position it and with a brush, make movements from the inside to the outside, to settle the paper. Small bubbles of excess glue must remain to ensure proper fixation of the paper, the excess will disappear in about 2 days. Finish the finishing by pressing the seams so that they do not lift in the future.
10. Cutout in sockets and switches
If there are sockets and switches on the wall, unscrew the mirrors and make the cutout with the knife during installation. As soon as the paper meets the obstacles on the wall, cut immediately to ensure the paper is fully fixed. Replace after 1 hour of installation.
11. Cut the leftovers
To remove wallpaper the scraps of paper, just touch the spatula and pass the stylus slowly and delicately to ensure an even result.
12. Sponge the seams
To finish, pass a sponge dampened with water over the seams to remove remnants or excess glue that could stain the paper.
Tips for choosing wallpaper
Item available in the most varied styles, patterns, colors, and textures, the wallpaper can be the perfect touch to make your room even more beautiful. To make choosing this item easier, check out some tips:
Measure your wall before you buy
This procedure is extremely important to avoid unnecessary expenses and to ensure that the number of rolls purchased is sufficient to cover the entire wall.
Choice of colors, prints and textures
There is a multitude of designs available to choose from, such as arabesque, geometric, floral, or themed. The important thing is to consider the style you want for the decoration. For small environments, the best option is paper with small prints. Regarding the colors, it is possible to harmonize the tones with decorative items or other walls in the environment. Neutral options are versatile and easy to match.
Keeping an eye on the quality of materials
Remember that just like any decoration item, wallpaper is an investment and, often, opting for a cheaper material may not be the best option. In the market, there are papers of different nationalities, prices, and quality.
Cleaning this material is simple and practical, just pass a damp cloth for hygiene. To remove stains or apparent dirt, pass a cloth with mild soap and water. In general, always observe the manufacturer’s recommendations.