DIY: Apply Wallpaper To Your Walls

Applying a new layer of wallpaper to your walls is an easy & cheap way to give your home a makeover. It isn’t rocket science & with our handy guide, your room will be as good as new in no time.

You’ll Need The following Materials & Tools:

  • Trim Knife
  • Alum
  • Plumb Line
  •  Pencil
  • Clove Oil
  • Ladder
  • Large Paint Brush
  • Ruler
  • Flour
  • Wallpaper
  • Wallpaper Paste
  • Warm Water

Step 1: Prep Your Walls

This step is important as it ensure your wallpaper hangs smoothly and evenly on your wall. Side stepping this step means that any rough or dirty areas of your wall which were previously ignore will be more visible after the final finish. Wash your walls with warm water and a sponge; this will loosen any flaky paint. After that, peel and remove the current wall covering and flaky paint, don’t forget to remove the old adhesive as well, if your wall was previously covered with wallpaper. Remove the covers from any electric sockets; this will make it much easier to cut out a space for them in the wallpaper.

Step 2: Cut Your Wallpaper

Proceed to cut out your wallpaper with an excess of roughly 2-3 inches at each end. The cutting step is further complicated by any patterns on your wallpaper; remember to mark the area where each pattern starts and stops, as this will allow you to apply each sheet in order.

Step 3: Mixing The Paste & Application

In case you are using wallpaper paste from the manufacturer, we suggest you follow the instructions on the packet to the tee. To make your own wallpaper adhesive mix, mix some flour and alum over a steady heat, while adding water at regular intervals, continue doing this till your mixture thickens. At the end, you should have a mixture with the consistency of thick adhesive glue.  Add a few drops of clove oil after to the mixture after it has cooled.

Step 4: Application Of Paste

Using a large paintbrush, apply the paste all over the back of one sheet of your wallpaper, ensure that you donot damage the patterned side while doing so. Fold the printed side inwards, so that you protect the pattern. Try not to crease the wall paper while doing so, fold it over again, if you can. This step is carried out to stop the paste from drying out in a short period of time.  Doing this means you can have 3 to 4 sheets of wallpaper ready to hang on the will, which will save time.

Step 5: Hang Your Wallpaper

Start hanging the wallpaper on the largest wall in the room, from the centre; don’t forget to mark the spot you’ve started from, because that will be the spot you end at. To evenly hang your wallpaper throughout the room, start by hang the top of the wallpaper so it is perfectly parallel to the edge of the ceiling and the wall. Use a plumb line to create a perfect vertical line; this is crucial as it will form the basis for how level your wallpaper hangs. Gently unfold the wallpaper and use a small amount of pressure from your hands to stick the wallpaper to the wall. Use a trim knife to press the wallpaper into corners and cut away any excess. Ensure that the patterns match where two individual pieces of wallpaper meet, in order to have a professional finish.

Step 6: Smooth & Finishing

Smooth out any lumpy or rough areas until the surface of the wallpaper feels smooth to the touch of your hand. Trim off any excess from the bottom and use a ruler to check that the bottom and top edges are even. Repeat the entire process until you have finished applying wallpaper to the entire area.

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