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Sunday, March 20, 2011

How to Paper a Wall - D.I.Y.

You can have an affordable and easy to hang wallpaper that can give you a rich, chic texture no paintbrush can, and yet still pretty ever!

You'll need:
  • drop cloth
  • stepladder
  • measuring tape
  • metal straightedge
  • utility knife
  • paste (specific to your paper type)
  • foam paint roller
  • wallpaper brush
  • sponge
  • work surface (like table)
  • wallpaper (try vinyl-coated with a free match pattern)
Before starting, take note that wallpapering is a two-person job. Have a helper available;).
Measure wall length and multiply that number by the room's height so you will determine how many rolls you'll need. (Standard roll is 15 feet.)
Remove everything from the wall and spackle any holes, then wipe-down the entire wall with a damp sponge.

First step: Cutting.
Measure wall and divide its width by the paper width to know how many strips you need. Cut paper in strips 6 inches longer than the wall's height to allow for shifting to match patterns. Use a level to make a plumb vertical line at the wall's midpoint. use this to also align the paper.

Second step: Pasting.
Lay paper pattern-side down then use a paint roller to apply thin, even layer of paste to the back. Make sure you completely covered the entire surface, including edges.

Third step: Booking.
Fold strip into thirds gently by bringing two ends toward the center 9don't overlap them), and be careful not to crease the paper.
Allow to set for 10 minutes. This will help the paper absorb the paste which makes it easier to manipulate on the wall.

Fourth step: Hanging.
Unfold the top half of the booked strip, living it up with the plumb line, and overlap the edge at the ceiling by about 3 inches.
Smooth paper outward and downward with a wallpaper brush to remove air bubbles. Unfold and smooth down the bottom half once you reach the middle.

Fifth step: Trimming.
Paste doesn't stick right away, so you can shift the paper until the seams match and the design is straight. Then, trim excess paper at the top and bottom with utility knife.

Sixth step: Dry-and you're done!