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How to Hang Wallpaper
Adding new wallpaper designs to your home is a simple & cost effective way to spruce up your interior style. Here are a few basic guidelines to keep in mind for how to hang wallpaper:
1. Clean and Prepare the Walls: Walls need to be cleaned before you can apply new wallpaper. A clean surface will ensure that the new wallcovering can properly adhere to the wall; and this will mean that you will have to repair any cracks or nail damages as well. Dents can be repaired by using a drywall patching compound. You can then prepare the wall using either a sealer or primer or if you have drywalls you should use an acrylic primer or prep coat. Always consult with a professional regarding cleaning, repairing and preparing walls before applying new wallcoverings.
2. Apply the Wallpaper:
- Measure Up: Using a pencil, mark the height requirements on the back of the paper and then align it with a steel ruler
- Cutting the First Length: Measure out the first length of paper, leaving an extra 15cm to allow for trimming at the top/bottom
- Align the wallpaper pattern: Align the next length of paper against the first length to ensure the pattern will match exactly once on the wall.
- Pasting the Wallpaper: Apply a normal wallpaper paste (can be purchased at local decorator store) to the back of the cut wallpaper length using either a brush or a roller all the way up to the edges
- Apply to the wall: Use a wallpaper brush or press and apply the wallpaper to the wall, carefully brushing smooth the centre and then working your way out to the edges of the paper.
- Trim the Edges: Trim the edges of the wallpaper using a craft knife so that the wallpaper fits snugly to the top of the wall.
- Hang the next length of wallpaper: Carefully align the pattern of the next length to the first length and then apply as before. Carry on until you reach a corner. Wipe off any excess paste with a well wrung out sponge.
- Turning a Corner: Hang the last paper to the corner line but leave around 2cm. Then apply the next length next to the wall as previously described. Overlap that piece against the additional 2cm overlapping to ensure that the pattern aligns correctly.
- Wallsockets & Light Switches: Apply the wallpaper directly over the wallsocket or light switch and then carefully cut two diagonal lines across the paper covering them with a craft knife. Pull back the triangles carefully and then remove to snugly fit next to them.
3. Finishing Up: When you are done with the paper application, you can use a variety of tools like a seam-roller to ensure that all the seams are lying close to each other and that they are perfectly flat. You will also be able to remove any bubbles in the wallpaper by using a paper smoother if needed.