CAN YOU HANG?
TOOLS YOU WILL NEED TO HANG UNPASTED WALLPAPER:
- Paste Brush or roller with tray
- Utility knife
- Drop cloth
- Bucket of clean water
- Step Stool / ladder
- Putty knife
- Smoothing brush or a plastic smoother
- Tape Measure
Make sure your walls are clean of dust and the surface is smooth. Remove all of the faceplates and socket covers before beginning (turn off power for safety).
Prime the walls using a wallpaper primer BEFORE wallpapering. Priming the wall will create a smooth surface for the wallpaper to move around; it seals the surface so that the paste will not penetrate into the wall material. If you do not prime the wall before hand the wallpaper paste will grab onto the wall material and can potentially suck all of the moisture out of the wallpaper and paste causing it to shrink, which will leave you with open/popped seam lines. It will also make it very difficult to take it down without damaging your walls.
Before you do anything you should check the instructions that came with your wallpaper.
Your first step should be to measure the height of your wall and add four inches (those are for trimming) before you cut your first strip. Make sure you add the same amount to each subsequent strip to make sure the pattern matches up.
Always use a sharp blade for every cut.
If you are using un-pasted wallpaper that requires applying paste directly to the backing, you need to first mix the paste (following manufacturers instructions). They you lay the strip of wallpaper face down on your work surface and begin brushing the paste on the top half of the paper. After applying the paste to the first half of the paper you will need to gently fold that section back to meet the middle, repeat the same process with the bottom half (this process is called booking).
Allow the paper to rest in this position for about 8-10 min allowing the glue to become fully activated for the paper to grab on to the wall.
When hanging your wallpaper you should always start with the least conspicuous wall in the room. Taking your wallpaper unfold the top half of the strip and apply to the wall, letting a little bit of the wallpaper to overlap the ceiling and adjoining wall then slide the paper into position.
The most crucial step in hanging is making sure the first strip is straight and leveled!
To make sure that you hang your first strip correctly you need to measure out from the corner (the beginning of the first strip) the width of the paper minus ½” and mark that with your pencil. Place a level at that mark and draw your straight line.
Every time you reach a corner or start a new wall follow this procedure to make sure you are hanging your wallpaper straight.
Trim any unnecessary wallpaper using a 6” putty knife as a guide and a sharp razor. Always use a sharp knife or blade for every cut and do not lift your knife when making long cuts.
Cut and apply the remainder wallpaper using the same procedure.