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How to Hang Wallpaper

How to Hang Wallpaper

Wallpaper is something that makes any room look amazing. Having the right tools makes hanging wallpaper easy and all these tools can be purchased for less at Lowes with a Lowes Money Off coupon from We Are Coupons. But how to do hang wallpaper?  Here is a beginners guide.

Prepare the wall

Your wall must be clean, smooth and dry. Sweep away any cobwebs and get rid of dust, dirt and grime. Washing your walls with sugar soap and a sponge is best.

Sand away until smooth. Putty any holes and remove old wall coverings before applying new wallpaper.

Mix the Paste

Most wallpaper glue and paste mixes need some time to set before applying them to the wallpaper. Preparing in advance is advisable and always follow the instructions on the packet.

Measure and Cut the Wallpaper

This is the most challenging step if you have a pattern that repeats and needs to be matched. Always make sure you start with enough wallpaper to allow for an occasional mistake, having a few extra roles makes sense.

Measure the height of your wall with an extra 5cm (2 inches) for trimming. Roll out the wallpaper and note where you have to cut it.

Continue measuring, matching and cutting the wallpaper until you have all the pieces to complete your feature wall.

Mark points vertically along your wall so that as you are hanging the wallpaper so you can check to make sure it's in a straight line.


Use a wallpaper brush and  liberally apply the paste to the back of the wallpaper, from top to bottom. Once you have applied the paste, fold the wallpaper in on itself and again until it is only 30cm or so wide then place it in a large plastic garbage bag and set it aside for 30 minutes to allow the paste to absorb into the wallpaper. Continue with each strip of wallpaper. Keep folding the wallpaper until it is a size that will comfortably fit in a plastic bag or garbage bag. Remove the air from the plastic bag and seal it to help prevent the wallpaper from drying out as it will be some time before you're ready to hang the final strip.

Hang the Wallpaper

Always start at the top and work from left to right. Don't forget your extra 5cm (2 inch) trim at the top! Use your hands and soft sponge to smooth the wallpaper against the wall. Then use a plastic blade to lightly smooth the wallpaper and remove the air bubbles and excess paste. Use the marks on the wall to make sure you're hanging the wallpaper in a straight line.

remove any excess glue from the edges.


Match the wallpaper edges exactly. If you find there is a small gap between each wallpaper strip, work from the centre of the strip and gently massage the wallpaper in the direction of the gap. Use wallpaper roller.

When you have hung each strip, cut off the excess trim at the top and bottom.

Job done!




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