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How To Hang Wallpaper Beautifully In Your Home?
Even though hanging wallpaper is relatively straightforward, it can seem a little difficult if you have never done it before. To ensure everyone can benefit from beautiful wallpaper in their home at minimal cost, we have created a guide to wallpaper hanging below.
Do I Need To Prepare My Wall Before Applying Wallpaper?
There are some things to take into consideration before you apply wallpaper. If you want to make sure your wallpaper looks good on your wall, be sure to check the following things before you get started.
Remove old wallpaper - Before you get started, make sure no old wallpaper remains. Even if there is only a little wallpaper left, it could cause bubbles and creases on your new wallpaper application. As this is the last thing you want, always make sure old wallpaper is completely removed before applying a new one.
Seal the walls - If you have never had wallpaper before, but if your walls have new plaster, it is necessary to seal your walls with a special wall sealer. By doing so, you create a barrier between the wallpaper and the plaster, making your wallpaper stick better. It will also become easier to apply the wallpaper in an even fashion.
Consider lining paper - In some older homes, it could be beneficial to add some lining paper before the application of your new wallpaper. If there are imperfections in the wall, then lining paper will help tremendously. In addition to that, lining paper also prevents your new wallpaper from shrinking once it has been applied.
Remove fixings - It is important to remove any fixings in the wall before you start wallpapering. If you want to use some of them later, you can always mark their location for later use.
Add primer - Whether you add the wallpaper on wood or plaster, it is always recommended to add a primer 24 hours before the application of your wall paper. If you have any gloss paint in place, sand the wall down and top it off with the primer. For matte paints, use a mixture of baking soda and detergent.
How Do I Hang Wallpaper?
Now that we have covered our wall preparation, it is time to look at how you should hang wallpaper. Before you start on the following steps, always make sure you have windows and doors open, this ensures proper ventilation and reduces the fumes that can be released by wallpaper adhesive.
Adhesive preparation - Before you can apply the adhesive to your wallpaper, you must make sure it is properly blended. In most cases, you just need to give it a quick stir. However, always check the manufacturer's instructions first to be sure.
Measure and mark corner distance - To ensure you apply your wallpaper straight, it is a good idea to mark the area from the corner. Ideally, you want to measure 3 centimetres shorter than the overall width of your wallpaper, this enables you to do some corrections if the walls are not 100% straight.
Apply wallpaper paste - Once you are done with the measuring process, you can take your pasting brush and apply the adhesive to the wall. Ideally, you want to apply a thin but even layer, using the measurements you have taken previously.
Lay the wallpaper - Take a roll of wallpaper and start unrolling it from the floor upwards. Always make sure your wallpaper is aligned with the mark you made earlier. Then, leave approximately 2 centimetres spare on the ceiling, this allows you to cut the wallpaper easier and with some margin for error.
Smooth the wallpaper - Once you are happy with the position of your wallpaper, you can start smoothening it out. Start from the centre and work your way out to the edges to remove any bubbles and wrinkles that remain in the paper.
Remove excess wallpaper - Since you will be having a couple of centimetres of spare wallpaper on the top, you will have to remove it before you move onto the next section. To do this, grab a box cutter or a snap-off knife. To ensure a straight line, you should also use a ruler for this cutting process. Finally, make sure there are no creases or bubbles in the top of the wallpaper before moving on.