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Primer: Hang Wallpaper Like a Pro, Part I

Wallpaper is back in a big way, but the idea of hanging it is still pretty intimidating to most people. So, after reading some great tips in Blueprint and online at This Old House and Lowe's how-to section, I've decided to put together a Primer on how to hang wallpaper like a pro. Here's Part I on pre-hanging preparation, and tune in later today for Part II: installation.

The Preparation

  1. First, you'll need to determine how much wallpaper to buy. Just enter your room's dimensions into this handy wallpaper calculator, and get an extra roll just to be safe.
  2. Start the prep work a day in advance. Turn off the electrical source and remove the outlet covers and switchplates for the wall you want to paper.
  3. For more great tips,

  4. Get rid of any old wallpaper, then spackle or sandpaper cracks and other flaws in the wall.
  5. Clean the wall with a 1-to-4 mixture of ammonia and water, then coat the surface wallpaper primer. Allow 24 hours for drying.
  6. Lay down a plastic painter's tarp to protect your floors.
  7. Check to make sure that the lot numbers on all of the wallpaper rolls match, and save the packaging in case you need to buy more paper.

Now you're ready to hang! Tune in later today for the installation process, and if you have some to share, please tell me in the comments.


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mcollazo mcollazo 8 years
Wallpaper??? I would have to come across some modern designs.
ashleycakes ashleycakes 8 years
I'm in the middle of a wallpaper removal nightmare. If I never see another piece of wallpaper in my life, it will be too soon! :RANT:
ALSW ALSW 8 years
I'm still not a fan of wallpaper. Too much work!
BethS BethS 8 years
Can you still use wallpaper if your walls are extremely textured? How would I do that? Is there a special primer? Could I ask anymore questions? :) Wait, yes I can, is there a good place to find modern wallpaper? Not country or florals?
hvnly34 hvnly34 8 years
We put wallpaper up in the bathroom, but we didn't use any special humidity resistant adhesive or anything, so now our trim is starting to buckle. :(
jennifer76 jennifer76 8 years
Looking forward to more primers!
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