Wall paper is an easy and effective way to revamp the appearance of any room, and if you know how to do hang it up yourself it can be quite cost-effective! With a little patience and attention to detail, anyone can hang up their own wallpaper.
1. Getting the walls ready
If you have wallpaper already attached, you’ll want to begin with a guide to easy removals. Once that is out of the way, get rid of any dirt or dust from the old walls and sand smooth any chipped paint. Use a putty knife to apply spackle over cracks and holes, and sand the area once it has dried. When the wall is good condition, prime the drywall with sealer to help the wallpaper adhere.
2. Pick a starting point
With every new roll of paper, you’ll be starting with a new pattern. To ensure that the mismatch isn’t too visible, plan where you will begin according to where the wallpaper will end. Ideally they should cover an entire wall, starting an ending in each corner. But if that is not manageable, try having the paper end behind a curtain, or behind a door. As long as you don’t have too many seams on the wall that acts as the focal point of your room, the wallpaper should look well-placed.
3. Cut and prepare the wallpaper
Always lay the wallpaper face down on a flat surface before cutting the paper. Measure and cut the paper with a few extra inches on the top and bottom (this will be trimmed off later). Cut a few more strips, that will correspond with the pattern on the previous strip and keep them labeled. Once you have got the wallpaper cut, either activate the paper by soaking in it room temperature water, or apply wallpaper paste if the wall paper is unpasted.
4. Hang the wallpaper
Start from the ceiling and work your way down, slowly unrolling the paper and smoothing it out using your hands. You can also use a seam roller to gently smooth out the edges of the wallpaper. Trim any excess paper using a utility knife or straight-edge razor.
Choosing wallpapers is a crucial step in redecorating or renovating your home. You may ask advice or help from a professional if you face any difficulties and are looking to achieve that perfect finish!