The Best Techniques for Hanging Wallpaper

Line a room with background and you have instant decoration. From blah to bold in a matter of hours, newspaper could push boundaries beyond what paint can do. It enlivens walls with stripes or patterns or your choice.

But as frequently as homeowners attempt to hang themselves, they seldom get it right, cursing their peeling seams and mismatched patterns–it is enough to drive you up a wallsocket. Input John Gregoras, a pro newspaper hanger out of Somers, New York, with almost two decades’ experience. We asked Gregoras to demonstrate a few of his very best wallpapering tips and tricks for pasting, hanging, aligning, and trimming. And, boy, did we learn a lot – everything from how he plans the design to how he lines up the last seam. With this type of insider know-how, papering only got a great deal simpler.

Best Wallpaper Techniques Overview

Design is your secret when you are learning how to hang wallpaper. Paying attention to the sequence where the paper goes up guarantees that your pattern will remain well-matched and seem straight. John Gregoras recommends functioning in 1 direction around the room to keep the pattern consistent.

But no matter how good your technique, the routine between the first and final strip will seldom match up. Because of this, Gregoras always begins his job behind a doorway, papering from the corner until he reaches the space above the door– the least conspicuous place in the room.

Frequently, the last strip of paper on a wall isn’t a full sheet. So another wallpapering tip Gregoras uses would be to always paper the corners with broken sheets.

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Apply Wallpaper Paste

Paint the entire room with a wall mounted primer/sizer.

Unroll the background. As you do, check out flaws and drag the paper against the border of your worktable to take away the curl.

Cut in the same region on the replicate so patterns on adjacent sheets will line up.

Lay a cut sheet on the table, face down. With a paint roller, apply a thin film of clear premixed wallpaper paste on the back of the newspaper.

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

Novel the Paper

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

Place the paper aside to permit the glue to soak in and the paper to relax. Make sure you adhere to the precise booking time recommended on the wallpaper’s label, which differs depending on its content (much more for vinyl-coated wallcoverings, less for uncoated papers).

Start at a corner near your doorway. If the doorway is far from the corner, then draw a reference line parallel to the door near the corner.

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

Check the measurement between the newspaper and the door casing or benchmark line. Fix the paper to help keep it parallel to the door but still overlapping at ⅛ inch in the corner.

Tuck and Reduce the Paper

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

Trim the excess paper at the ceiling: Push a 6-inch taping knife into the joint between the ceiling and wall. Using a razor, cut above the knife to cut the surplus. Work slowly. Alternate between moving and cutting the knife. Do not slide the knife and razor together. Keep on papering to a point above the door.

Continue Papering

On the adjacent wall, draw a plumb line (if there is no door or window).

Hang a strip at the corner. Overlap the existing bit on the adjoining wall by 1/8 inch. Measure to the plumb line and correct the paper to maintain the space equivalent. Smooth the newspaper. Trim at the ceiling and then trim the corner.

Hang the next strip of newspaper. Unfold the surface of the novel and place it at the wall. Match the pattern as closely as you can, leaving just a hair’s breadth between sheets.

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

Close the Seams

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

Unfold the bottom of the sheet and then complete fitting and shutting the seam. Then tightly roll down the entire seam, working a full 3 inches in from the border. This shields the seam, preventing it from opening as you smooth the paper.

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

Suggestion: If the booked end of the strip begins to dry out until you hang it, then wipe the wall with a damp sponge. This will remoisten the glue when you hang on the paper.

Cut in Around Moldings

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

Gently run the razor out of the molding corner out to the border of the paper. Utilize the molding for a guide.

Press the cut edge tight in the joint between the molding and the wallsocket.

Smooth down the whole sheet.

Hide little cutting errors on darker papers by bleach the wall or the white edge of the paper with a mark that matches the paper. Some pros even colour all the paper’s borders so seams aren’t as evident should the newspaper shrink as it dries.

Cover Alter

Paper the cover plates of electric fixtures to make them disappear. Cut a piece of wallpaper larger than the plate. Cut from the part of the pattern that matches the paper on the wall around the switch.

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

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

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