Se­cret to hang­ing wall­pa­per

Sackville Tribune - - REAL ESTATE -

Would you love to cover the walls of a room with some beau­ti­ful wall­pa­per, but you’re wor­ried about hang­ing it?

It is true that this type of wall cov­er­ing re­quires a spe­cial tech­nique — and lots of care. Here are a few tips for hang­ing wall­pa­per like a pro.

Prepa­ra­tion

The first step is to ask some­one to give you a hand, be­cause it’s vir­tu­ally im­pos­si­ble to do this alone. Af­ter pro­tect­ing the floor with plas­tic sheet­ing, pre­pare the sur­faces prop­erly. Wash and dry the walls. Sand un­even or rough ar­eas; fill holes, if nec­es­sary.

Ap­ply a coat of wall­pa­per primer.

Once the primer is dry, use a level and draw plumb lines on the walls equiv­a­lent to the width of the wall­pa­per. You’ll find these very use­ful later on. Next, cut your first strip of pa­per, giv­ing your­self five to ten cen­time­tres ex­tra as a mar­gin for er­ror.

Pre­cau­tions

There are sev­eral dif­fer­ent types of wall­pa­per, so read the man­u­fac­turer’s in­struc­tions care­fully be­fore you be­gin hang­ing.

If you’re us­ing pre-glued wall­pa­per, be care­ful; its stick­i­ness tends to de­crease when dipped in wa­ter for too long. Ac­cord­ing to ex­perts, a good choice is wall­pa­per that has a tex­tured back be­cause it pro­vides bet­ter ad­he­sion.

Hang­ing

When you’re ready to hang the first strip of wall­pa­per, ap­ply it to the wall, fol­low­ing your plumb lines and leav­ing a few cen­time­tres ex­tra at both top and bot­tom.

Us­ing a smooth­ing brush, get rid of any air bub­bles in a down­ward mo­tion by brush­ing from the cen­tre to the outer edges.

Be­fore con­tin­u­ing with the next strip, trim the ex­cess wall­pa­per from the top and bot­tom of the wall with a util­ity knife and re­move ex­cess paste with a damp sponge.

Be­fore wet­ting the sec­ond strip of pa­per, po­si­tion it next to the first strip, tak­ing care to align the pat­tern with pre­ci­sion and mark where you need to cut it. Repeat the pre­vi­ous steps un­til the walls are com­pletely cov­ered.

There; that wasn’t so dif­fi­cult, was it?

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