DIY video: How to wallpaper
You will need:
- Wallpaper paste
- Measuring tape
- Craft knife
- Wallpaper paste
- Brush or roller
- Wallpaper spatula
- Damp cloth
Watch these video guide, outlining the basic steps needed to put up wallpaper correctly, andinsider tips on the easiest way to glue long sheets of paper.
Make sure you have fully prepared your walls before decorating. Give them a good clean and fill in any cracks or holes with filler. If your walls are in bad condition, or the surface has been glossed, your wallpaper may not stick very well. In this case, you should consider hanging lining paper first.
Step 1: Measure and mark your wallpaper
Measure the height of the area you will be decorating. Roll your wallpaper out on a pasting table and transfer the measurement onto the paper, adding four or five inches at the top and bottom for wastage. Mark the bottom end of the paper on the reverse side so you remember top and bottom later. Roll the paper back on itself to form a straight and square crease and then cut along this line with scissors.
Step 2: Apply your wallpaper paste
Next, apply the wallpaper paste onto your wallpaper. You can use a traditional paint brush or a radiator roller. Craig recommends the latter, as this will spread the adhesive more evenly. If your walls are very porous, you may find the adhesive dries out very quickly. If so, simply water down some adhesive and paint it on the walls first.
After you have applied the paste, leave it to soak for a minute or two until the paper is soft.
Step 3: Helpful tips for longer rolls
Use a traditional paint brush or a radiator roller to spread the adhesive. If your wallpaper is particularly long, paste one half first and fold it over into a concertina fold before continuing with the rest.
Step 4: Hanging wallpaper
Now it’s time to hang your wallpaper. Hanging the first piece straight is vital – get this right and the rest is easy. You may find it easier to begin in the corner of the room. Holding the concertina folds in position, place your wallpaper against the wall, leaving some excess paper at the top (you can trim this later). Spread the paper out on wall using a spatula to get rid of any air bubbles. Start from the top centre working your way down and pushing outwards, left and right.
IMPORTANT: Using patterned wallpaper? You’ll need to ensure you line up each strip so the patterns flow correctly. Hold the paper against the wall, letting the roll fall to the bottom and adjust from the top so that your pattern matches. Add excess as required to the top and bottom then mark, crease and cut as you did for the first length.
Step 5: Ease out any air bubbles
Once the top of the paper is held in place, gently release the first fold and press against the wall using the spatula to ease out any air bubbles. Release the next fold and repeat.
Step 6: Trim your wallpaper
Now, you’ll need to trim the top and bottom of your wallpaper. To ensure you have a straight line, push the spatula against the ceiling edge and the top of the wallpaper to make a crease.
Cut along this crease with a straight edge and a trimming knife. Use a damp cloth to wipe any adhesive off the ceiling. Repeat for the bottom of the wallpaper.
(a) Cutting around obstacles
It’s very likely you’ll come across some obstructions such as light switches when you are wallpapering. To work around these, continue hanging your wallpaper over the obstruction, ensuring that any patterns on the wallpaper match up. Feel out the shape of the switch underneath the wallpaper and cut a line across it from corner to corner to make an X shape.
(b) Trimming the excess wallpapper
Bend back the flaps and cut them away. Be particularly careful not to put any pressure on the paper, as it will rip when wet. Also, do not loosen any of the switches or sockets when the electrics are turned on by the mains or even try to undo any of the electrics while the paper is still wet.
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