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Hang Wallpaper. Getting Started.

Skill Level: Intermediate

Introduction

The hardest part’s over with! The preparation is all done. The walls are nice and clean, and smooth; there are no holes or dents, no deep scratches………..We’re ready to start wallpapering; well, almost!
 
Somebody famous once said “all great journeys start with the first step” and so it is with wallpapering (again, almost); the first piece we hang is very important. Get this one wrong and it will spoil every subsequent length you hang. I’m thinking, straight, vertical, plumb lines here, patterns running off, etc. The right tools, a bit of care and it really is quite easy! Hanging the paper can actually be quite therapeutic, a pleasing experience almost, as piece by piece we see our efforts begin to take shape; to bear fruit.

Let's get one thing straight!

The first length of wallpaper that is hung must be put on vertically plumb, and from the best starting point on the wall. For example; with patterned paper, if the room has a chimney breast, then it is from here you should start! With subsequent lengths hung in either direction, this gives balance to the overall effect. With plain paper you may start from either a door frame or corner, and work away from yourself, in the opposite direction. When starting from a doorframe, measure the width of the wallpaper roll and the plumb and mark your line at least 25mm nearer the door. This will ensure the join line does not follow the line of the frame from floor to ceiling. The join above the door, working the other way, will be off-set by this distance (25mmor, so) so breaking this eye catching detail. When starting in the middle of a feature simply plumb and mark a line down the middle, and working in either direction, away from this piece, lay all other strips.

Cutting Wallpaper.

Before starting to hang the wallpaper, use a roll to gauge how many strips you will need for the first section you’ll be working on. Allow approximately 50mm top and bottom for trimming when using plain un-patterned coverings. Where repeat pattern paper is used; cut the first length to size – allowing extra for trimming - and match the rest of the strips to this one. Check the pattern matches on the strips you have cut before pasting.

Pasting Wallpaper.

 

First, always read the paste manufacturers instructions before mixing the paste and hanging. Do not make the paste too thin/watery; this will make sliding and manoeuvring the wetted wallpaper difficult. Wallpaper pasting tables are made specifically for the job. They are just the right width (slightly wider than the roll) and are of a comfortable length. Apply the paste by brush, starting from the middle and work towards to the outer edges. Always wipe clean the outer edges of the table after coating each strip, and the face of the covering where patterned.
 
Start pasting at one end of the strip paper, as you finish, fold it over itself; wet side to wet side; do this progressively as you paste the whole of the strip, folding concertina fashion. There is generally a recommendation to wait a while once the paper is fully pasted. This is to allow a thorough absorption of the paste, and to allow it to stretch. But again, read the instructions before starting.

 

Hanging Wallpaper.

 

After allowing the required “soak time” carefully carry the folded paper over your arm to the position where it will hang, and unfold the upper most flap of wallpaper against the top of the wall where it meets the ceiling. Slide the paper so the vertical edge meets the marked plumb line.
 
Using a wallpaper hanging brush, brush the hung strip smoothly from the middle toward the outer edges; forcing bubbles and any creases out-as you go.
 
Then, using the back edge of your wallpapering scissors, press the top and bottom edges firmly into the corners, do this a couple of times, then peel the paper back and cut along the crease line. Smooth down, stand back, and check for any obvious faults before moving on to the next strip. Once done, hang the next strip in the same manner. Slide it into position against the vertical (plumb) edge of the first piece, brushing the top and bottom edges into the wall/ceiling line. Trim to length at the top and bottom; and you’re ready for the next one.
 
On flat wallpaper, that is; not a relief or embossed pattern, use a seam roller to flatten and help firmly stick down the seams.

 

Tools you will need:
Faithfull 200mm Wallpaper Hanging Brush
Faithfull 200mm Wallpaper Hanging Brush
- Stanley 4-29-528  125mm Masonry Brush
Stanley 4-29-528 125mm Masonry Brush
- Pack of 2 Rolson 200mm Multi Purpose Scissors
Pack of 2 Rolson 200mm Multi Purpose Scissors
- Pro-Tek Snap Off Knife
Pro-Tek Snap Off Knife
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