A Quick Guide to Applying Wallpaper

You’ve finally picked the right wallpaper for your home, but are you ready to apply it? If done right, installing wallpaper will greatly invigorate your room’s appearance. Mess it up, though, and you can get a bubbly, wrinkly mess that might warrant a re-do.

Here’s a quick step-by-step guide to make sure your wallpaper and your hard work won’t go to waste.

1. Equip Yourself

Applying wallpaper requires more than a tub of adhesive and effort. Here’s a quick checklist for what you need for the project:

  • Paint roller

  • Paintbrush

  • Smoothing brush

  • Tray

  • Sponge

  • Ruler or tape measure

  • Level

  • Utility knife

  • Putty knife

  • Cloth for cleaning

  • Any type of light marker (a pencil works best)

  • A stepladder or stool

  • At least a bucket of water

  • Drywall compound

  • Adhesive (If you have unpasted wallpaper)

  • The wallpaper itself

2. Clean the Walls

Make sure that the wall is as clean and as smooth as possible or your wallpaper will have bubbles underneath. Wipe the walls clean with a sponge soaked in warm water and let it dry for an entire day. After that, brush the walls with a dry sponge to get rid of dust and other remaining debris.

3. Smooth and Prime

Using a putty knife, fill up any holes or cracks in your wall with the drywall compound. Once done, apply primer to the walls using the paintbrush and roller. After two hours, the wall should be ready for the wallpaper.

4. Preparing the Wallpaper

Measure your wallpaper by matching the wall’s height and then add four inches to the top. Cut your wallpaper and spread it out as much as possible to get rid of the curling. After that, use the ruler and pencil to mark guidelines on your wall where the paper should go.

5. Applying the Paper

Apply the adhesive on the back of the wallpaper. Remember that everything must be uniformly covered except for two inches at the top and two inches at the bottom. With the wall marks as your guideline, align the wallpaper and stick the wallpaper onto the wall. Use a smoothing brush to push out air bubbles.

6. Finishing Touches

Once the wallpaper is adhered to the wall, use a utility knife and putty knife to get rid of excess paper and paste. Make sure the next sheet of paper is properly aligned and use a seam roller to press the seams together. Repeat steps 4 to 6 until the entire surface is covered with wallpaper.

Do you need help with putting up your new wallpaper? Handyman Connection is your leading provider of interior upgrade solutions. Call us at (650) 437-8995 or fill out our online form for further inquiries.

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