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How to...Hang Wallpaper

Posted on November 21, 2017 at 1:35 PM
TOOLS YOU WILL NEED: 1. Plumb Bob. (A length of string or twine with a weight tied at the end.) 2. Sharp Scissors 3.Trimming Knife ( A sharp knife with a retractable blade, preferably the snap off kind) 4. Pencil 5. Tape Measure 6. Sponge 7. Clean Cloth 8. Pasting Table 9. Paste Brush ( Or Roller) 10. Paste Bucket 11. Straight Edge 12. Seam Roller 13. Step ladder or 'Hop Up' HOW TO: To begin with I am going to assume you have already stripped the old wallpaper if necessary, and prepared the surfaces to be papered as set out in How to...Prepare for Wallpapering. This is as important as hanging the paper itself and no short cuts should be taken prior to hanging the wallpaper. You should already have purchased the paper along with enough paste to complete the job but if you have not then please take advantage of the guide under the heading 'Estimating Wallpaper' via the Nav Bar at the top of the screen. When purchasing the paper please make sure that all of the rolls to be used carry the same batch number/shade number/serial number. Look carefully at the manufacturers label. There will be a number of symbols on it that define not only the characteristics of the paper but also the manor in which it should be hung. Some papers should be pasted with ordinary paste, some are ready pasted. Some you paste the wall and some require a ready mixed adhesive. Take note of the soaking times. Always check the label! Set up your paste table and mix enough paste to hang the amount of paper you have. I always use Solvite paste which gives a guide of pints/litres to packets ratio on the bag/box. Unwrap your first roll and unroll a few feet of the pattern to look at on the paste table. Here you can decide where you want the pattern to begin against the ceiling. If the ceiling is very uneven and slopes up and down then you may want to choose to start the pattern in a fairly neutral area rather than half way through a bird or a flower where it will show as the wall height rises and falls etc. Feel the paper and handle it. Be confident handling the paper. WHERE TO START. The paper should be hung left to right and so in order for the best results and to gain the light reflecting on the seams of the paper as it is hung I always try and begin in the corner by a window. If there are no windows then I would start from the corner to the right of the door as I walk in the room. Measure the width of the paper and then subtract 1" from your measurement. Measure from the corner and mark the wall with your pencil at around half an inch down from the top of the wall. Next take your plumb line and a small nail or panel pin. Tap the pin in to the wall at the pencil mark and tie the string of the plumb line around the pin letting it hang straight down the wall. Wait until it stops moving and then make marks at four regular intervals level with the string on the wall. Remove the pin and plumb line and join the marks using a straight edge and a pencil to form your first plumb line on the wall. You can check the line with a spirit level if you are unsure but the line should be true if you have followed the plumb line. HANG YOUR FIRST DROP. Measure the height of the wall from ceiling to skirting and make a note of the measurement. Now measure the paper. I normally hold the paper at the ceiling level and make a crease in it where you want the pattern to start leaving two inches on the ceiling. I then roll it out on the table and measure from the crease and allow an extra two inches at the bottom for trimming. Cut the paper to length, put the rest of the roll to one side and then turn your first drop over on the table ready for pasting. I always use a roller to paste my paper, making sure that all of the paper is covered evenly paying special attention to the edges! Fold the two ends towards the middle as you go and set aside to soak for the required time. Make sure you clean the table down with a damp cloth or sponge. Once the paper is ready, unfold the top half and take it to the wall. Hold the left hand side of the paper off of the wall and with the flat of your right hand press the first 2/3" of the right hand edge of the paper to the wall where the plumb line is all the way down to the middle. You can stop the rest of the paper from dropping from the wall by pressing it lightly to the wall, it will be ok there until you are ready to smooth it out. Unfold the bottom half of the paper and again line the right hand edge up with the plumb line, pressing two or three inches to the wall with the flat of your hand. Now beginning in the middle and with your hanging brush, pull the left hand side of the paper from the wall and brush it back on making sure there are no creases or bubbles. Use an even brushing technique going up and down and back into the corner. Press the paper into the corner with the brush and brush the inch piece of paper to the left of the corner flat against the wall. Make sure there are no bubbles or creases by gently lifting the paper off the wall as you go and brushing it back down again. Pay particular attention once again to the edge of the paper on the plumb line making sure it is not only on the line but well stuck to the wall. Now take your trimming knife and trim the top and bottom of the paper. There are a few ways of doing this. Some people prefer to use a straight edge or a George (see 'Tools of the Trade') to get a straight line, pressing it into the crease at the ceiling and the skirting. If you choose this method then it may be wise to practice first with an off cut of paper. Always cut above the straight edge and not below it. I myself tend to cut free hand with the blade facing upwards towards the ceiling. THE SECOND PIECE. Depending on the pattern match you may or may not have more or less excess paper to cut off of the second piece. Match the pattern by offering the roll being used up to the already hung piece of paper and lining up the edges. Crease it in the ceiling as before then lay it on the table. Give yourself two inches top and bottom again and measure as before. Repeat the hanging procedure for the second piece of paper, however this time you use your left hand to line up the paper with the first piece holding the right hand side of the paper off of the wall. Make sure the edges are butted together and that the pattern matches. If the paper is a normal patterned paper I generally like to roll the edges lightly with a wooden seam roller, if the paper has a crushable pattern I use the soft seam roller instead. Once the two pieces are hung side by side and trimmed, make sure there is no excess paste on the front of the paper. If there is then wipe it off with a damp cloth or sponge. FOR TIPS ON CORNERS, WINDOW REVEALS ETC. PLEASE EMAIL ME AT: [email protected]

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