HOW TO HANG PREPASTED WALLPAPER
Before you begin hanging wallpaper, make sure your walls are prepared and that you have used a level to create your "plumb" line for hanging the first stripe straight.
Tools you will need to hang prepasted wallpaper:
- Water Tray
- Knife or snap off blade
- Sponge & bucket of clean water
- Smoothing brush or plastic smoother
- Tape Measure
- 4" - 6" Putty knife and or straight edge
- A pencil
- Step stool
- Drop Cloth
Wet and book the strip
- Fill a water tray 2/3 full with water at room temperature.
- Roll the cut strip from bottom to top, paste side out.
- You should not see the pattern.
- Submerge the rolled strip into the water tray.
- Soak for the amount of time recommended in the manufacturer’s hanging instructions, usually 30 seconds.
- Holding the top of the sheet, slowly lift and unroll the paper onto a work table, making sure the paste is completely wet.
- Fold the strip
- Gently fold both ends, paste side in, towards the center of the strip, without creasing the folds. This is known as "booking". You should see the pattern.
- Let the strip rest for the amount of time recommended in the manufacturer’s hanging instructions, usually about 10 minutes.
Hanging your first strip of wallpaper
- Start on the least conspicuous wall of the room, where you have previously used a level to draw your plumb line.
- Unfold the top half of the strip and apply to the wall, letting a little bit of the wallpaper overlap the ceiling and adjoining wall. Make sure your pattern is right side up!
- Slide the paper into position so it lines up on the plumb line that you created.
- Using a wallpaper smoothing tool, gently press the strip to the wall. Be careful not to stretch the wallpaper while positioning.
- Unfold the bottom half and smooth into place.
- Smooth the entire strip, working diagonally from the top down and from the center outward, forcing out any air pockets.
- Wash off excess paste with a damp sponge and clean water. Remember always to use clean water.
- Using the 6" putty knife as a guide, trim the excess paper along the ceiling and baseboard with a sharp razor knife. Always use a sharp knife or blade for every cut and do not to lift your knife when making long cuts.
- Wash paste off ceiling and baseboards with a wet sponge and clean water.
- Using the same procedures to cut and apply more wallpaper strips, matching the pattern to the previous strip.
- Touch the edges tightly together, but don’t overlap the strips.
- Make a new plumb line on each new wall.