How to get wall-to-wall per­fec­tion

Kentish Gazette Canterbury & District - East Kent Property - - DIYLIVING -

Tex­tured wall­pa­pers and lin­ing pa­pers are ideal for cov­er­ing up im­per­fec­tions in walls, while those with a shiny or re­flec­tive fin­ish will high­light bumps and shouldn’t be used on less-than-per­fect sur­faces. Be­fore you open the rolls, check they all have the same batch num­ber. There may be slight dif­fer­ences which will ruin the

fin­ish. If you’re us­ing pat­terned wall­pa­per ex­pect more wastage from match­ing up the de­sign. Plan care­fully how you want the pat­tern to fall, es­pe­cially if it’s a large one. The first length of wall­pa­per should usu­ally be hung in the cen­tre of the most prom­i­nent wall, such as a chim­ney breast. Work out­wards from this piece (in both di­rec­tions, if nec­es­sary), but bear in mind the ‘kill point’, which is the fi­nal seam. If you’re us­ing pat­terned wall­pa­per on ev­ery wall, it may be tricky to match up the fi­nal piece with the first, so do it some­where in­con­spic­u­ous. If you’re not sure where to start, take a big piece of the wall­pa­per and tape it in dif­fer­ent places to help you de­cide. For the best fin­ish, mark out each length of wall­pa­per with a pen­cil, so you know where all the joins – and any prob­lems – will be. Take into ac­count ob­sta­cles like the doors and win­dows be­fore de­cid­ing how to ac­com­mo­date them in the neat­est way. In pe­riod prop­er­ties, the walls and ceil­ings may not be level or straight, a prob­lem that can be ac­cen­tu­ated by pat­terned wall­pa­per. Ei­ther avoid it al­to­gether, choose a pat­tern that won’t look too bad, or con­fine the pat­tern to one fea­ture wall. Don’t use win­dows, door frames or cor­ners as your start­ing point. In­stead, cre­ate a straight ver­ti­cal line us­ing a plumb line or chalk reel and do this each time you go round a cor­ner. Pa­per­ing over ex­ist­ing wall­pa­per isn’t a good idea, as you don’t know how well it’s stuck to the wall. If the walls are newly plas­tered, it’s im­por­tant to seal them be­fore pa­per­ing them, be­cause the plas­ter will sap mois­ture from the ad­he­sive. Seal the plas­ter with wa­tered­down emul­sion, a plas­ter seal­ing liq­uid or an ad­he­sive so­lu­tion and al­low enough time for it to dry thor­oughly be­fore pa­per­ing.

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