Wallpapering Tips

Wallpapering tips; read for some suggestions.

Need some good ideas before tackling that wallpapering job? Roll up your sleeves and get ready, and remember you "can" do it!

Old wallpaper should be stripped before applying new paper. The seams and patterns of the old paper could possibly show though leaving a less than desirable look. Using a wallpaper "scraper" remove by scraping the old wallpaper, the paper should come loose easily. If the paper is not coming off freely then the wall may need to be wetted down by sponging the walls with hot water. After soaking the walls well and allowing to rest for 15 minutes or so then, scrape the wall horizontally.

You will need a correct estimate of the space to be covered. It is frustrating to have too little wallpaper and expensive to buy too much. Measure the room with care and then multiply the entire distance in feet around the room by the height of the walls. To determine how many rolls of paper to purchase, divide the total square feet of wall area by the number of square feet in the roll. Now you have the paper so lets go!

? Let's go stand in the corner... A corner or inconspicuous place would be a good place to actually start your wallpapering task.

? The pattern of the paper should be lined up at the ceiling, when cutting the paper. To be sure your paper will cover the full length of the wall leave at least 2 inches at the top and bottom. This will guarantee that there will be enough to cover the full length of the wall and if the pattern need matching, there is room to adjust.

? It is a good idea before you begin pasting to place a plumb line on the wall. "What is a plumb line!!!! Simply attach an object that is heavy, to a chalked line. When the object is straight and still (not swinging), snap the string to make the line. Make the plumb line one-paper width away from the corner starting point. Match the first sheet with both the corner and plumb line.

? The paper must be wetted completely, if it is pre-pasted allow it to set for a few minutes in the paper water bath. If you are using non-prepasted paper and are placing the adhesive to the back of the paper, make sure it is totally covered.

? To place the paper on the wall, lay it on the wall and smooth down very lightly with a soft wallpaper brush. The paper can be moved around with ease into position while it remains wet.

? Using a hard bristled brush smooth out the air bubbles. If bubbles are left the paper will buckle or peel later.

? Use a damp sponge or rag to wipe off the glue that seeps out at the edges. Seal the edges by rolling with a wallpaper roller.

? When working with corners hang the paper in two parts. Measure the distance from the corner to the previously hung sheet. Cut a strip of paper ½ inch wider than the distance. The strip should be hung so that the paper overlaps the corner. Using the remainder of the sheet, from which the strip was cut, measures the full width and mark a plumb line that width in on the new wall. This strip can then be pasted in the same manner. Now if you can get this right you are moving right along!

The end results of your labor will be remarkable, at least from your point of view. Your room will be bright and cheery and best of all you have done the job yourself!

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