The Best Methods for Hanging Wallpaper

Line an area with background and you’ve got instant decoration. From blah to daring within a matter of hours, paper can push boundaries beyond what paint can do. It enlivens walls with stripes or patterns or your choice.

However, as frequently as homeowners attempt to hang themselves, they rarely get it right, cursing their peeling seams and mismatched patterns–it’s enough to drive you up a wall. Enter John Gregoras, a pro newspaper hanger out of Somers, New York, with nearly two decades’ experience. And, boydid we learn a great deal – everything from the way he intends the layout to how he traces up the previous seam. With this kind of insider know-how, papering just got a great deal easier.

Best Wallpaper Techniques Overview

Design is your secret when you are learning how to hang wallpaper. Paying attention to the sequence where the newspaper goes up guarantees your pattern will remain well-matched and look straight. John Gregoras recommends working in one direction around the room to keep the pattern consistent.

But regardless of how good your strategy, the routine between the first and final strip will seldom match up. Because of this, Gregoras always starts his job behind a door, papering from the corner till he reaches the distance over the doorway — the least conspicuous spot in the room.

Very often, the final strip of paper on a wall is not a full sheet. Another wallpapering suggestion Gregoras uses is to constantly paper the corners with broken sheets.

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Apply Wallpaper Paste

Paint the whole room with a wall mounted primer/sizer.

Unroll the wallpaper. As you do, check for defects and haul the paper from the edge of your worktable to take away the curl.

Cut in precisely the exact same place on the replicate so patterns on adjoining sheets will line up.

Lay a cut sheet onto the desk, face down.

Suggestion: Don’t allow paste to have on the table or it will mar the next sheet (wipe it off with a barely damp sponge when it does). Slide the paper all the way into the edge of the table to use paste to the ends and edges.

Novel the Paper

Fold the pasted back of this paper on it, bottom and top ends meeting in the middle. Guarantee the side borders line up perfectly. Smooth the paper on itself as much as possible without creasing the springs.

Set the paper apart to allow the glue to soak in and also the paper to unwind. Be sure to follow the precise booking time recommended on the wallpaper’s label, which differs depending on its material (more for vinyl-coated wallcoverings, less for uncoated papers).

Align First Strip

Start in a corner near a door. In case the door is nowhere near the corner, then draw a reference line parallel to the doorway near the corner.

Overlap about 2 inches at the ceiling and also 1/8 inch in the corner. Gently press it in place.

Examine the measurement between the newspaper and the door casing or reference line. Fix the paper to keep it parallel to the doorway but nevertheless overlapping at ⅛ inch at the corner.

Tuck and Reduce the Paper

Then, working from the top down, sweep the smoother within the whole sheet. (Do not press so hard for you to push glue.)

Trim the excess paper in the ceilingPush a 6-inch taping knife into the joint between the wall and ceiling. Using a razor, cut above the knife to cut the surplus. Work gradually. Alternate between moving and cutting the knife. Don’t slide the razor and knife together. Keep on papering to some point over the door.

Continue Papering

On the adjoining wall, draw a plumb line (if there is no door or window).

Hang a strip in the corner. Overlap the existing bit on the adjacent wall by 1/8 inch. Quantify to the plumb line and correct the paper to maintain the distance equal. Smooth the newspaper. Trim at the ceiling and then trim the corner.

Hang another strip of newspaper. Unfold the top of the novel and set it on the wall. Match the pattern as tightly as you can, leaving only a hair’s breadth between the sheets.

Suggestion: Push air bubbles out by sweeping the newspaper simpler from the center out to the edges. Wipe off paste on the surface with a sponge.

Close the Seams

Gently press on the top of the paper to the wall. Then gently roll the seam with a seam roller to flatten down the edges. Now use the ends of your fingers to push the seam closed.

Unfold the bottom of the sheet and then complete fitting and closing the seam. Then tightly roll down the whole seam, working a full 3 inches from the edge.

Smooth the entire sheet. Continue papering the space, overlapping and trimming corners as shown in Step 5.

Tip: If the reserved end of this strip starts to dry out until you hang it, wipe the wall with a damp sponge. This will remoisten the paste when you hang the paper.

Cut in Around Moldings

At windows and doors, allow the paper overlap the molding by an inch.

Gently run the razor out of the molding corner out to the edge of this paper. Use the molding for a guide.

Smooth down the entire sheet.

Hide small cutting mistakes on darker papers by bleach the wall or the white border of the paper with a mark that matches the newspaper. Some pros even color all of the paper’s borders so seams are not as evident should the paper shrink as it dries.

Cover Switch

Paper the cover plates of electrical fixtures to make them disappear. Cut a sheet of wallpaper larger than the plate. Cut out of the part of the pattern which matches the paper onto the wall round the switch.

Apply paste to the plate, then lay it face down on the paper. Hold them on the wall and correct the paper to match the pattern onto the wall.

Hold the paper and then flip the plate . Cut the corners off 1/8 inch off from the plate. Wrap the paper above the plate and then tape it on.

Cut out the change or receptacle holes using a razor. Make Xs at the screw holes. Screw the plates back to the wall.

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