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Installing wallpaper can be tedious chore, but using these installation tips will be the key to transform the look and feel of a room, adding personality and charm. However, the process can seem intimidating for beginners. In this comprehensive guide, we’ll walk you through the step-by-step process of wallpaper installation, providing valuable tips and tricks to achieve a flawless finish that will make your walls the envy of all.
1.) Gather Your Materials for Wallpaper Installation:
Before you start, ensure you have all the necessary tools and materials at hand for your wallpaper installation:
Smoothing brush or squeegee
Ruler or straight edge
Drop cloth or plastic sheeting
2.) Prepare the Wall for Installation:
Remove any existing wallpaper or loose paint.
Then, clean the wall surface thoroughly to remove dust and dirt. A smooth, clean surface ensures better adhesion.
Be sure to fill any cracks or holes with spackle and sand the surface for a smooth finish.
3.) Measure and Cut the Wallpaper:
To begin, measure the height of your wall and add a few extra inches to account for pattern matching and trimming.
Using a straightedge and a pencil, mark the height of your wallpaper on the backside of the roll.
Cut the wallpaper along the marked line, ensuring a straight edge.
4.) Apply Adhesive:
First and foremost, read the manufacturer’s instructions on your wallpaper adhesive/paste.
Next, apply the adhesive to the backside of the wallpaper evenly, using a paint roller or a wallpaper brush.
Be sure to cover the edges and corners thoroughly.
5.) Book the Wallpaper:
Once the adhesive is applied, fold the wallpaper on itself in an accordion-like manner, with the adhesive sides facing each other. This process is known as “booking.”
Allow the booked wallpaper to rest for the time specified by the adhesive manufacturer. This allows the adhesive to activate.
6.) Start Hanging:
Carefully, align the top edge of the wallpaper with the top of the wall and use a level to ensure it’s straight.
Slowly unbook the wallpaper while gently pressing it onto the wall. Use a smoothing brush or squeegee to eliminate air bubbles and ensure a smooth application.
7.) Match Patterns:
If your wallpaper has a pattern, make sure the patterns match up as you continue hanging each strip.
Overlap the edges slightly to ensure a seamless pattern match.
8.) Trim Excess:
Use a utility knife or scissors to trim excess wallpaper at the top and bottom edges.
Be careful not to cut too close to the wall to avoid damaging the wallpaper or the wall itself.
9.) Repeat the Process:
Continue hanging strips of wallpaper, matching patterns and ensuring a snug fit.
Wipe off any excess adhesive with a damp sponge as you go along.
10.) Finishing Touches:
As soon as all strips are hung and smoothed out, let the wallpaper dry according to the manufacturer’s instructions.
Reattach switch plates, outlet covers, and any other fixtures you removed.
Finally, step back and admire your beautifully wallpapered space!
With the right tools, patience, and attention to detail, wallpaper installation can be a rewarding DIY project. Follow these step-by-step wallpaper tips to achieve a flawless finish that will enhance the aesthetics of your room. Remember, practice makes perfect, so don’t be discouraged if your first remember, Jennifer Lynn Interiors is just a phone call away and we can help you with your wallpaper project!