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HOW TO WALLPAPER

Wallpaper can jazz up any room in the home or office! Change that boring bathroom into a work of art, or turn that kitchen into a full result of your creativity. Wallpapering neatly can be a little bit tricky, but with a little bit of knowledge, it can be done like a pro.

Preparations
. Turn of the electricity and remove all of the covers from the outlets and wall switches. (After this is done, you can then turn the electricity on. BE SAFE!)

. Look for holes in the walls. If there are any, they must be spackled before wallpapering.

. Sand the walls until they are smooth.

. Clean the walls with warm water to remove any dirt and dust (Before applying wallpaper, make sure the walls are completely dry). Remove any molds with a mold/mildew cleaner.

. Drywall, mildewed walls, and newly painted/plastered walls must be coated with primer-sealer before wallpapering. Let this sealer dry for at least one day before continuing.

. Before applying wallpaper place vinyl wall sizing on the walls. This will make it easier to position the wallpaper and help prevent air pockets.

. Check the pattern and run of the wallpaper, as well as the dye lot number BEFORE you begin hanging it. This way, you know that all of your paper will match.

Supplies
. Border Adhesive/Vinyl over Vinyl
. Brush Smoother
. Bucket
. Drop Cloth
. Level
. Paint Roller
. Paste
. Pencil
. Prepaste Activator
. Primer/Sealer
. Razor Knife
. Sandpaper
. Scissors
. Scraper
. Screwdriver
. Seam Roller
. Spackling Compound
. Sponge
. Step Ladder
. Tape Measure
. Vinyl Wall Sizing
. Water Tray
. Yard Stick/Ruler

Hanging Wallpaper
. Starting with the least noticeable wall, begin at one corner and measure the width of paper less a half of an inch. Mark this spot onto the wall. With the level, draw a vertical line through the marked spot. This is called the plumb line. This tells you where to hang your first two pieces of paper at and each time you begin a new wall or hit a corner, you will repeat this step.

. Mark along the wall where exactly every strip will be placed. Count how many pieces you will need.

. To measure and cut the first sheet of wallpaper, unroll a section of the paper and hold it up to the wall. Figure out how you want the pattern to be placed relative to the ceiling. Mark this line with a pencil on the back of the paper.

. Cut the wall paper on a STRAIGHT edge. It is good to leave just a small amount extra at the top and bottom, just in case you make a minor mistake. This way, you aren't wasting paper.

. (a) If the wallpaper that you are using isn't pasted, then you must do this. Place the cut piece pattern-side down on a flat surface. Lightly coat with paste using a paint roller. Now move to the next step.
(b) If however, you are using a prepasted wallpaper, cover the area with your drop cloth. Fill you water tray about 2/3 with lukewarm water. Roll the paper strip from bottom to top (pasted-side out). Dip the rolled paper into the water tray. Softly push down on it until there are no more air bubbles. Then soak it in the water for as long as is specified by the manufacturer. Gently lift and unroll it out of the tray. Adding a prepaste activator to the water will allow for extra adhesion.

. Next, fold the top of the paper down to the middle of the paper so that the paste is facing the paste, the bottom up to the middle (again so that paste is facing paste). This is called "booking". Keep the two edges aligned, but do NOT seal the paper down on itself. In fact, roll the booked strip up, so that it doesn't crease. By doing this step, you activate the adhesive.

. Take the booked sheet of wallpaper and hold it up so that the MARKED SPOT on the back is flush with the ceiling. This way, the extra paper will overhang onto the ceiling and adjacent wall. Place the wallpaper into position so that it now lines up the plumb line you drew in the beginning. Use your brush to press the wallpaper. Do this softly so as not to stretch the paper.

. Unbook the bottom now of this same sheet and brush it into place. Tap the wallpaper into the corner with your hands. Then diagonally cut a line at the ceiling and at the baseboard and smooth. Work out the air bubbles from the top of the paper diagonally downward, then center to edges. Straighten paper gently and re-smooth if necessary. Now take a wet sponge and wipe off any extra paste. Double check for air bubbles. If there is still one that refuses to come out, before it dries, poke it with a pin and then let the air release out through the hole.

. Take the razor knife and trim the extra paper from the edges. If the paper starts to tear, allow five more minutes or so to elapse before continuing. Wipe off any extra paste with the sponge again.

. Now you can move onto the next strip the same as the first. Always check the patterns to ensure that they match the first laid piece. Do not overlap the strips onto the wall. Place the next sheet of wallpaper, instead, right up AGAINST the prior sheets edge. NOT ON TOP OF.

. After you smooth out all of the strips, use a seam roller to go over the seams (wait fifteen minutes before doing this). IF YOU HAVE USED AN EMBOSSED VINYL WALLOPAPER, DO NOT SEAM ROLL.

This is the basics of hanging wallpaper. Here are a few other tips and pointers that may come in handy.

. The best way to apply paper to a door/window is to pre-cut the strip to fit the door/window however, this may not be easy. Instead, you may wish to hang a whole strip of paper and proceed to smooth it into place. Then diagonally cut at the door/window corners. Smooth the paper out and trim any extra paper with the razor knife.

. Once again, when dealing with your electrical outlets, turn the electricity off. This includes while wallpapering. You can wall paper over your electrical outlets and then cut around them with your razor knife. Then recover with the electrical panels.

. You hang a border basically the same way you wallpaper the wall. However there are a few differences. Roll the paper and allow it soak in the water for only twenty-thirty seconds and do NOT book it for more than three minutes at a time. You could fold it accordion like instead and follow the ceiling while hanging. Leave an extra half an inch at the corners to allow for errors.

. If the border is going to cover already existing vinyl wallpaper, you can use border adhesive/vinyl to vinyl adhesive on it. Or, if the border area is newly painted, sand the area down, just as you did with the wall. Then, around doors and windows, allow the paper to overlap slightly at the corners both vertically and horizontally, then cut at an angle and smooth.

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