Line a room with wallpaper and you have instant decoration. From blah to bold in a matter of hours, paper could push boundaries beyond what paint can do. It enlivens walls with stripes or patterns or your choice. And as a bonus, it masks minor imperfections in plaster and drywall, also.
However, as often as homeowners try to hang paper themselves, they rarely get it right, cursing their peeling seams and mismatched patterns–it’s enough to drive you up a wall. Input John Gregoras, a pro newspaper hanger from Somers, New York, with nearly two decades’ experience. We asked Gregoras to demonstrate some of his best wallpapering tips and tricks for pasting, hanging, aligning, and trimming. And, boydid we learn a great deal – everything from how he plans the design to how he traces up the previous seam. With this kind of insider know-how, papering just got a great deal simpler.
Greatest Wallpaper Techniques Overview
Design is the secret if you are learning how to hang wallpaper. Paying attention to the order in which the newspaper goes up ensures that your pattern will stay well-matched and seem straight. John Gregoras recommends working in one direction around the room to keep the pattern consistent.
But regardless of how good your technique, the pattern between the first and final strip will seldom match up. For that reason, Gregoras always starts his job behind a door, papering out from the corner until he reaches the distance over the door– the least conspicuous place in the room.
Very often, the final strip of paper on a wall is not a complete sheet. Another wallpapering suggestion Gregoras uses is to always paper the corners together with split 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 out flaws and drag the paper from the edge of your worktable to take away the curl.
Cut the paper into sheets 4 inches longer than the height of your walls. Cut at the same region 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 background glue on the back of the newspaper.
Suggestion: Do not allow paste to get on the table or it will mar another sheet (wipe it off with a barely damp sponge if it does). Slide the paper all the way to the edge of this table to apply paste to the ends and edges.
Book the Paper
Fold the pasted back of the paper on itself, top and bottom ends assembly in the center. Guarantee that the side borders line up perfectly. Smooth the paper on itself as much as possible without creasing the springs.
Place the paper apart to permit the glue to soak in and the paper to unwind. Make sure you adhere to the precise booking time advocated on the background’s tag, which differs depending on its material (much more for vinyl-coated wallcoverings, less for uncoated papers).
Align First Strip
Start at a corner near a doorway. If the door is far from the corner, then draw a reference line parallel to the doorway near the corner.
Unfold the top of this booked paper and hang it on the wall. Overlap roughly 2 inches in the ceiling and also 1/8 inch at the corner. Gently press it in place.
Check the measurement between the paper and the door casing or benchmark line. Adjust the paper to keep it parallel to the doorway but still overlapping at ⅛ inch at the corner.
Tuck and Trim the Paper
(Don’t press so hard that you push glue.)
Trim the excess paper in the ceilingPush a 6-inch taping knife into the joint between the ceiling and wall. With a razor, cut over the knife to cut the excess. Work slowly. Alternate between cutting and moving the knife. Don’t slide the razor and knife together. Continue papering to a point over the door.
On the adjoining wall, draw a plumb line (if there is no door or door ).
Hang a strip in the corner. Overlap the present piece on the adjacent wall by 1/8 inch. Quantify to the plumb line and adjust the paper to keep the distance equivalent. Smooth the newspaper. Trim at the ceiling and trim the corner.
Hang the next strip of paper. Unfold the surface of the novel and place it at the wall. Match the pattern as closely as possible, leaving only a hair’s width between the sheets.
Tip: Push air bubbles out by sweeping the paper smoother from the middle out to the edges. Wipe off glue on the surface using a sponge.
Close to the Seams
Lightly press on the top of the paper into the wall. Then lightly roll the seam with a seam roller to flatten down the borders. Now use the tips of your fingers to push the seam closed.
Unfold the bottom of the sheet and then finish matching and shutting the seam. Then tightly roll the whole seam, working a full 3 inches from the border. This locks the seam, preventing it from opening as you smooth the paper.
Smooth the entire sheet. Continue papering the room, trimming and overlapping corners as shown in Step 5.
Suggestion: If the reserved end of this strip begins to dry out until you hang it, then wipe the wall with a damp sponge. This will remoisten the glue when you hang the paper.
Cut in Around Moldings
At doors and windows, let the paper overlap the molding by an inch.
Carefully run the razor from the molding corner outside to the edge of this paper. Utilize the molding for a guide.
Press the cut edge tight in the joint between the molding and the wallsocket.
Smooth down the entire sheet.
Hide small cutting errors on darker papers by bleach the wall or the white edge of the paper using a mark that matches the newspaper. Some pros even color all of the paper’s edges so seams are not as evident should the paper shrink as it dries.
Paper the cover plates of electric fixtures to make them vanish. Cut a piece of wallpaper bigger than the plate. Cut out of the part of the pattern that matches the paper on the wall round the switch.
Hold them both on the wall and adjust the paper to match the pattern onto the wall.
Hold the paper and flip the plate . Cut the corners off 1/8 inch off from the plate. Wrap the paper above the plate and tape it on.
Cut out the switch or receptacle holes using a razor. Make Xs at the screw holes. Screw the plates back on the wall.