The Best Methods for Hanging Wallpaper

Line an area with wallpaper and you’ve got instant decoration. From blah to bold in a matter of hours, newspaper could push boundaries beyond what paint can do. It enlivens walls with textures or patterns or both–your choice. And as a bonus, it masks minor imperfections in plaster and drywall, too.

But as often as homeowners try to hang themselves, they seldom get it right, cursing their paring tiles and mismatched patterns–it is enough to drive you up a wallsocket. Enter John Gregoras, a pro newspaper hanger out of Somers, New York, with almost two years’ experience. We asked Gregoras to demonstrate some of his best wallpapering tips and tricks for pasting, hanging, aligning, and trimming. And, boy, did we learn a lot – everything from how he intends the layout to how he traces up the previous seam. With this type of insider know-how, papering just got a great deal simpler.

Best Wallpaper Techniques Overview

Design is your key when you’re learning how to hang wallpaper. Paying attention to the order where the newspaper goes up ensures your pattern will remain well-matched and seem straight. John Gregoras recommends working in 1 direction around the space to keep the pattern consistent.

But no matter how good your strategy, the pattern between the first and final strip will rarely match up. For that reason, Gregoras always starts his job behind a doorway, papering from the corner till he reaches the distance above the doorway — at the least conspicuous place in the room.

Frequently, the final strip of paper on a wall is not a complete sheet. Another wallpapering suggestion Gregoras uses would be to constantly paper the corners together with broken 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 defects and drag the paper against the edge of your worktable to remove the curl.

Cut the paper into sheets 4 inches more than the height of your walls. Cut in precisely the exact same region on the replicate so patterns on adjacent sheets will line up.

Lay a cut sheet onto the desk, face down. With a paint roller, apply a thin film of clear premixed background glue on the back of the paper.

Tip: Do not allow paste to have on the table or it will mar another sheet (wipe it off with a barely damp sponge when it does). Slide the paper all the way to the edge of the table to use paste to the ends and edges.

Novel the Paper

Twist the glued back of the paper on it, bottom and top ends assembly in the middle. Guarantee the side borders line up perfectly. Smooth the paper onto itself as far as possible without creasing the springs.

Place the paper aside to permit the paste to soak in and also the paper to relax. Make sure you adhere to the precise booking time recommended on the wallpaper’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 nowhere near the corner, draw a reference line parallel to the door near the corner.

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

Examine the dimension between the newspaper and the door casing or benchmark line. Fix the paper to help keep it parallel to the doorway but nevertheless overlapping at least ⅛ inch in the corner.

Tuck and Trim the Paper

(Do not press so hard that you push out glue.)

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

Continue Papering

On the adjacent wall, then draw a plumb line (if there’s 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 adjust the paper to keep the distance equal. Smooth the newspaper. Lean in the ceiling and trim the corner.

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

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

Close the Seams

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

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

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

Tip: If the booked end of the strip starts to dry out until you hang it, then wipe the wall with a moist sponge. This may remoisten the glue when you hang on the paper.

Cut in Around Moldings

At doors and windows, allow the paper float the molding by an inch.

Using the razor, make a relief cut in the paper. Gently run the razor from the molding corner out to the border of the paper. Use the molding as 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 entire sheet.

Hide little cutting errors on darker papers by coloring the wall or the white edge of the paper using a marker that matches the paper. Some pros even colour all the paper’s borders so seams are not as evident should the newspaper shrink as it dries.

Cover Alter

Paper the cover plates of electrical fixtures to make them disappear. Cut a sheet of wallpaper bigger than the plate. Cut from the part of the pattern which matches the paper onto the wall around the switch.

Hold them on the wall and correct the paper to match the pattern on the wall.

Hold the paper and then flip the plate face down. Cut the corners off 1/8 inch away from the plate. Wrap the paper over the plate and then tape it on.

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

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