This is the best guide for you if you want to redecorate using wallpaper but don’t know where to start. Wallpaper installation is actually a lot easier than it appears, especially if you follow the directions exactly.
To begin, prepare the walls in the same manner that you would before painting. After that, trim each piece to the proper length. Finally, using the glue, adhere the paper to the wall one piece at a time as you make your way around the room.
However, if you’re deciding between wallpaper and paint, it’s helpful to understand why wallpaper is preferable
There are numerous advantages to using wallpaper rather than paint. Many of them defy the unpleasant connotation that frequently accompanies the name “wallpaper.”
Wallpaper has a lifespan of 10 to 15 years, which is significantly longer than paint. Paint will quickly peel and chip, necessitating frequent cleaning. Sure, there are occasions when painting is the best option, but wallpaper should always be considered.
Cleaning wallpaper with a cloth or sponge is also simple. Some wallpapers can even endure scrubbing with a brush for a longer period of time.
Your Wall Is Hiding
Do your walls have scratches, cracks, or other signs of wear and tear? Wallpaper, on the other hand, can hide those flaws and make the wall look brand new.
It’s simple to apply and remove
It is a common notion that wallpaper removal and replacement is tough, but it is actually very simple and anyone who knows how can accomplish it.
Patterns and Textures
Because you have so many texture and pattern options with wallpaper, it’s a terrific way to bring personality to a room. Paint can’t contribute much to a room, but wallpaper can. This might give your home the one-of-a-kind appearance you’ve always desired.
Getting Rid of Wallpaper
Before you replace your wallpaper, you should first delete it. This will aid the new wallpaper’s adhesion to the wall and allow it to lay flat. Even if you intend to paint, you must first learn how to remove the old wallpaper.
It is feasible to apply wallpaper over existing paper, although it may not adhere well or have bubbles or crinkles. To get a long-lasting and well-applied wallpaper, start by removing the old paper with these methods.
You will just need a few items to remove your previous wallpaper:
a putty knife or a paint scraper
Brushes for cleaning
Bottle for spraying
All-purpose cleaner and/or dish soap
Steamer for wallpaper (useful, but optional)
The first step is to use a paint scraper or a putty knife to remove as much of the wallpaper as possible. It’s crucial to be cautious at corners. Spraying the paper with hot water loosens the adhesive and makes it easier to remove.
To make the process more easier, add all-purpose cleanser to the water. A wallpaper steamer can also be used to loosen the paper before removing it.
After you’ve removed the majority of the paper, spray any remaining places with hot water and scrape any residual pieces of paper away. Don’t be concerned about scratching the wall; you’ll have to paint or replace the wallpaper anyway. For the most difficult areas, you can even employ a scoring tool.
One idea is to begin at the corners and work your way around the page.
After you remove the paper, there will most certainly be some adhesive remaining on the wall. It’s also crucial that you know how to get rid of any residual adhesive.
Spray the residual adhesive with a mixture of hot water and dish soap. It’s possible that a pinch of baking soda will be required. Then, using a sponge, apply the solution to the entire wall.
The adhesive will loosen and disintegrate as a result of this solution, making it easier to wipe or scrape away. You can buy adhesive remover if you can’t manage to get it all off. You’re now ready to apply your lovely new wallpaper!
The quantity of prep work required is determined by the type of walls you have. Whether you have old or new walls, drywall or plaster, we can help!
To prepare painted drywall, wash it with a soap designed for multi-surfaces or particularly for drywall. You should also let it dry thoroughly before continuing with your job.
If your drywall has dents, holes, or cracks, you can use vinyl spackle to repair them. Wait for the spackle to dry before smoothing it down with damp sandpaper. If your walls are textured, coarse sandpaper should be used to smooth them out.
You may now paint it with acrylic primer to get it ready for new wallpaper. If the walls have never been painted previously, an alkyd primer should be applied before the acrylic paint to prevent mildew and mold.
Plaster is the most prevalent material found in older homes. Any damages can be repaired with a joint compound. After that, apply alkyd primer and then acrylic primer, just as you would with new drywall.
Before putting wallpaper on plaster, it is also required to employ wallpaper sizing. This will make everything a lot easier for you.
Paneling made of wood
Wood paneling needs a little more effort than other wall types. To begin, de-gloss the panels with a de-glossing solution.
Each panel of wood paneling has a groove running through it. Before you can install fresh wallpaper, you’ll need to fill these in and smooth them out. You can use spackling and then sandpaper to smooth it out because it doesn’t have to be attractive, just smooth enough for the wallpaper to stick to.
After you’ve sanded away the spackle, you may finish preparing the wood paneling for wallpaper by applying primer.
Walls with Texture
For walls with a lot of texture, sanding isn’t always enough. You can use lining paper to put your wallpaper against in this situation. If your walls are too rough to smooth with a scraper and sandpaper, this is your only alternative.
You might be unsure how much wallpaper you’ll require. It’s crucial to stock up on extras in case of mistakes or future touch-ups. Any windows and doors should be factored into your surface area calculations.
Every wall’s length and height should be multiplied by each other. To calculate the total for your space, add the surface area of each wall together. Then, add 10% more and divide your total by the number of rolls in each. The average double roll has 66 square feet, however you should double-check the amount on the roll you want to buy.
What Should I Do First?
It’s crucial to start in one place and work your way around the room until you reach the original piece. It’s improbable that you’ll be able to exactly line the first and last pieces.
As a result, the first strip of wallpaper should be hung in a location where the meeting point will be less visible. Start on the wall that will be hidden when the door is opened, for example.
Pre-cutting your wallpaper to size with an additional 4 inches on each strip is a good idea once you know where to start.
Booking is a folding technique that each DIY wallpaper installer should be familiar with. To begin, you must determine the type of glue you intend to use. Clear glue that has been pre-mixed is simple to use and hides messes. The type of glue you use, though, may be determined by the type of wallpaper you’re using.
Booking is an important part of any effective wallpaper installation since it allows the adhesive to soak in and makes the paper more manageable. Begin by laying out your first strip on a level surface with the front, or pattern side, facing down.
Make a mark in the centre of the paper with a pencil, then roll adhesive on one half of the paper. Only apply a thin coating of glue to the surface.
The paper will then be folded without creasing. Begin with the side of the paper that has been glued together. Fold the other half over so that the design is facing up. Then, after about 3 minutes, wait for it to heal. You’ll only have about 15 minutes to hang your strip of wallpaper before the adhesive dries, but that’s plenty of time.
Don’t skip this step because it will make the hanging job much easier.
It’s critical to ensure that your wallpaper is installed straight. It’s incredibly easy to have a crooked strip of wallpaper, and it’s often undetectable to the naked eye. To achieve a completely straight strip, I recommend hanging a plumb line from the ceiling and then marking it on the wall.
Take the recently booked strip and align it with the pencil mark on the wall. On the top and bottom, leave a tiny overhang. Starting at the top and working your way down is the best way to go. Smooth it down with your hand slowly to ensure there are no bubbles or creaces.
Make sure the seam between a fresh strip and one that is already on the wall is as minimal as feasible. Move the next strip up and down with both hands until the pattern is aligned up. Then slide it across until the borders of both strips touch and the pattern is lined up.
After smoothing down the seam, wait about 15 minutes before smoothing it out with a paper roller to perfection. Any overhanging paper should now be trimmed.
Finally, certain patterns are more difficult to align than others. Make sure you choose a pattern that you enjoy and can line up without too much difficulty.
Although it may be tempting to crease paper into a corner, it will not adhere effectively and will not look as attractive. Rather, cut the strip such that only 12 inches of it hangs over the corner.
You can trim the strip down even further after it’s been hung. After you glue the paper down, attempt to trim it so that barely an eighth of an inch overhangs. With the next strip you hang, you may simply cover up the 1/8 inch.