If you love wallpaper, raise your hand! I love the pure transformative power that wallpaper has, whether used for a whole room, an accent wall or a piece of furniture. Wallpaper has made a serious comeback, and my goodness, there are so many gorgeous patterns and prints available. Grace did a great wallpaper round up that highlights many different companies and papers you can choose from, and I second that list completely. Today on Before & After Basics, I’ll illustrate how to apply wallpaper, and the paper that I chose is this fantastic poppy pattern available through Cole & Son. Enjoy! — Barb
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- craft knife with perforated blades
- wallpaper paste
- paint tray
- foam roller
- rags (plenty of them)
- smoothing tool
1. Prime your wall with wallpaper primer. This is a must if you ever want to remove the wallpaper or just be nice to those who own the home after you!
2. Do a rough measure for your first strip of wallpaper and cut it. You can use your craft knife for the final precision cuts on the wall, but it helps to have your first strip pre-measured.
3. Apply the wallpaper paste liberally to the area you are starting with, and make sure it is a bit wider than the strip of wallpaper. Even though you are applying liberally, make sure there are no large lumps or blobs, as these will cause air bubbles. You can apply with a large brush or a foam roller. I like applying with a roller, but you may hate it, so use what works best for you.
4. Starting at the top of the wall, apply your paper and smooth it as you go down. Work out any large air bubbles and lift the paper as needed to remove any “issues.” This is a great time to wet one of your rags and wipe down the entire surface. This helps to work out the air bubbles and remove excess wallpaper paste. Pay special attention to the edges, and make sure they are securely adhered to the wall.
5. Use a ruler or straight edge to trim the top and bottom of your paper. This is the same way you trim around any doors and windows on your wall. Just make sure your ruler is tight against the trim you are cutting against and that you use a fresh new blade with every cut. Also, when you are trimming around doors and windows, make sure that you are not pulling too hard and causing your seam to separate. That is an easy mistake to make, and you will end up with extra room around your trim. That is not a happy ending!
6. Start your second strip. This is where it gets tricky because you have to match your pattern. It will kill you to waste paper as you match your pattern, but it will be worth it in the end. Make sure to order extra paper to account for the waste you will have for patterned wallpaper. Be sure not to overlap your paper, but rather butt the seams right up next to each other.
Repeat the process steps until the whole area that you are wallpapering is complete. It is helpful to have plenty of rags on hand for wiping, smoothing and keeping your hands free from sticky wallpaper paste. Wallpapering takes time and planning, so make sure you enjoy the process and take breaks when necessary!