How to install wallpaper?

Applying Prepasted Wallpaper

Tools you will need:

  • Water Tray
  • Knife or snap off blade
  • Level
  • Sponge & bucket of clean water
  • Smoothing brush or plastic smoother
  • Tape Measure
  • 6-in inch Putty knife or straight edge
  • A pencil
  • Step stool
  • Drop Cloth

Preparing for wallpaper

  • Make sure the wall is clean of any socket covers and faceplates.
  • Patch, spackle or sand away any imperfections on the wall.
  • Make sure walls are primed or painted before applying wallpaper.

Preparing the Wallpaper

*Pro-tip: Make sure you know the “match of your wallpaper before cutting any strips! This will make matching up your patterns on the strips easier later on.*

  • Measure the height of your space and cut the wallpaper strip accordingly, with an extra 2 inches on the top and bottom.  Repeat this step for each strip you will be using.

*Pro-tip: Use a sharp knife for this step. Run the blade against a hard edge to get the perfect line. *

Wet and Book Wallpaper

  • Fill your water tray ⅔ full with room temperature water.
  • Roll up your strip from bottom to top, paste side out, this means you should not be able to see the pattern.
  • Put the rolled strip into your water tray and soak for the recommended amount of time.

*Pro-tip: Make sure to read the label and manufacturer instructions beforehand for any extra important details. *

  • Slowly remove from the water, unroll the strip onto a working space and ensure the entire strip is wet.
  • Carefully fold both ends in, meeting in the center of the strip, without creasing the folds. (This is called “booking”).  You should now be able to see the pattern of your wallpaper.
  • Leave the strip for the amount of time recommended by the manufacturer.  

Hanging the first strip

  • Start at your starting line (either in the corner or in the center of the wall) and ensure the pattern is right side up.
  • Apply the top half of the strip to the wall, slightly overlapping the ceiling and adjoining wall (when applying in the corner)
  • Slide the wallpaper into position, lining up with the starting line.
  • Gently press the strip to the wall with a smoothing brush. Be careful not to stretch the wallpaper while positioning.
  • Smooth the bottom half into place.
  • Smooth the entire strip, working from the center outward, forcing out any air pockets.
  • Wash off excess paste with your damp sponge and clean water.

 

After hanging the first strip

  • Trim any excess paper along ceiling and baseboard with a sharp razor knife and 6-in putty knife as a guide. (Do not to lift your knife when making long cuts.)
  • Wash extra paste off ceiling and baseboards with a wet sponge and clean water.
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Finishing the wall

  • Repeat the steps to apply additional strips, matching the pattern of the previous strip.
  • Touch the edges tightly together, but don’t overlap the strips.
  • Make a new plumb line on each new wall

 

Applying Unpasted Wallpaper

Tools you will need:

  • Paste
  • Paste Brush or roller
  • Knife or snap off blade
  • Level
  • Sponge & bucket of clean water
  • Smoothing brush or plastic smoother
  • Tape Measure
  • 6-in inch Putty knife or straight edge
  • A pencil
  • Step stool
  • Drop Cloth

 

Preparing for wallpaper

  • Make sure the wall is clean of any socket covers and faceplates.
  • Patch, spackle or sand away any imperfections on the wall.
  • Make sure walls are primed or painted before applying wallpaper.

Preparing the Wallpaper

*Pro-tip: Make sure you know the “match of your wallpaper before cutting any strips! This will make matching up your patterns on the strips easier later on.*

  • Measure the height of your space and cut the wallpaper strip accordingly, with an extra 2 inches on the top and bottom.  Repeat this step for each strip you will be using.

*Pro-tip: Use a sharp knife for this step. Run the blade against a hard edge to get the perfect line. *



Applying the Paste to your Wallpaper

*Pro-tip: Read the recommendations of the paste before applying to wallpaper.*

  • Apply the paste directly to the wall evenly with a brush or a roller.
  • Apply paste slightly larger than necessary for your wallpaper strip.

Applying your first strip

  • Start in one corner or in the center of your wall, (depending on the pattern chosen and your preference).
  • Apply the top half of your strip, (keeping in mind the extra 2 inches added earlier) and slide the remaining part of the strip into place, starting in the center, into the correct position.

*Pro-tip: Read the instructions of the paste and look for how long it will take to dry. This will give you a good idea of how long you have to adjust your strip before it dries.*

  • Gently press the strip onto the wall with a smoothing brush, (making sure not to stretch or tear the wallpaper).
  • Smooth the entire stip, working from the center outward, to ensure you have any air pockets hidden behind your wallpaper.

Finishing off your Strip

  • Wash off any excess paste with the damp sponge and clean water.
  • Trim the excess paper from the top and bottom of your strip with a sharp knife and a 6-inch putty knife as your guide.

*Pro-tip: Do not lift your knife when making long cuts!*

  • Wash off any excess paste from your ceiling and baseboards with your wet sponge and clean water.

Finishing the Wall

  • Repeat these steps until you have completed covering your space.

*Pro-tip: Touch each edge slightly together but do not overlap your pattern.*