The Best Techniques for Hanging Wallpaper

Line an area with wallpaper and you have instant decoration. From blah to daring in a matter of hours, newspaper can push boundaries outside what paint can do. It enlivens walls with textures or patterns or both–your pick. And as a bonus, it pushes minor imperfections in plaster and drywall, also.

However, as often as homeowners try to hang paper themselves, they rarely get it right, cursing their paring tiles and mismatched patterns–it’s enough to drive you up a wallsocket. Enter John Gregoras, a pro newspaper hanger from Somers, New York, with almost two years’ experience. And, boydid we learn a lot – everything from the way he intends the layout to how he lines up the previous seam. With this kind of insider know-how, papering only got a great deal easier.

Best Wallpaper Techniques Overview

Design is the key if you’re learning how to hang wallpaper. Paying attention to the sequence in which the paper goes up guarantees that your pattern will stay well-matched and seem straight. John Gregoras recommends working in 1 direction around the room to keep the pattern consistent.

But no matter how good your strategy, the routine between the first and last strip will seldom match up. Because of this, Gregoras always starts his job behind a doorway, papering out from the corner until he reaches the distance over the doorway — at the least conspicuous spot in the room.

Frequently, the last strip of paper onto a wall isn’t a complete sheet. So another wallpapering suggestion Gregoras uses is to constantly paper the corners with split sheets.

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Apply Wallpaper Paste

Paint the entire room with a wall primer/sizer.

Unroll the wallpaper. As you do, check for defects and drag the paper against the edge of your worktable to remove the curl.

Cut in the exact same place on the replicate so patterns on adjacent sheets will lineup.

Lay a cut sheet onto the table, face down. Using a paint roller, apply a thin film of clear premixed wallpaper paste on the back of the paper.

Suggestion: Do not allow paste to get on the desk or it will mar another sheet (wipe it off with a barely damp sponge when it will ). Slide the paper all the way into the edge of this table to use paste to the ends and borders.

Novel the Paper

Fold the pasted back of the paper on itself, bottom and top ends meeting in the center. Make sure that the side borders line up perfectly. Smooth the paper onto itself as much as you can without creasing the springs.

Set the paper aside to allow the glue to soak in and also the paper to relax. Make sure you follow the exact booking time advocated on the wallpaper’s tag, which differs based on its material (more for vinyl-coated wallcoverings, less for uncoated papers).

Align First Strip

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

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

Unfold the bottom of the book and let it hang. Check the dimension between the newspaper and the door casing or reference line. Fix the paper to keep it parallel to the door but nevertheless overlapping at ⅛ inch at the corner.

Tuck and Reduce the Paper

(Don’t press so hard for you to push glue.)

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

Continue Papering

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

Hang a strip at the corner. Overlap the existing bit on the adjoining wall by 1/8 inch. Measure to the plumb line and correct the paper to maintain the space equal. Smooth the newspaper. Lean in the ceiling and then trim the corner.

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

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

Close to the Seams

Lightly press the top of the paper into the wall. Then lightly roll the seam with a seam roller to sew the borders.

Unfold the bottom of the sheet and complete matching and shutting the seam. Then tightly roll down the entire seam, working a full 3 inches in from the border.

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

Suggestion: If the reserved end of the strip starts to dry out before you hang it, then wipe the wall with a damp sponge. This may remoisten the paste when you hang the paper.

Cut in Around Moldings

At windows and doors, let the paper overlap the molding by at least an inch.

Gently run the razor from the molding corner outside to the border of this paper. Use the molding for a guide.

Press the cut edge tight in the joint between the molding and the wallsocket.

Trim the excess paper flap using a taping knife and razor. Smooth down the whole sheet.

Suggestion: Mistakes are unavoidable when you’re learning how to hang wallpaper. Hide little cutting errors on darker papers by bleach the wall or the white border of the paper using a mark that matches the newspaper. Some pros even color all of the paper’s borders so seams aren’t 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 component of the pattern that matches the paper onto the wall round the switch.

Hold them on the wall and then adjust the paper to match the pattern onto the wall.

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

Cut out the switch or receptacle holes with a razor. Make Xs at the screw holes. Screw back the plates on the wall.