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From the Archives: How to Hang Wallpaper, Part Two

For Dress Your Walls month, I thought I'd repost some bright ideas I had earlier in the year that relate to this month's theme. It's sometimes hard to dig these up from the archives on your own, so I'm finding the best ones for you to save you the trouble. When I find any archived posts that are particularly helpful for this month's theme, I'll run them in addition to the regular posts I'm putting up each day. And since we're running the amazing ferm LIVING wallpaper giveaway this month, reviewing wallpaper-hanging techniques is a must!

Wallpaper is back in a big way, but I'm still very intimidated by the idea of hanging it. But after reading some great tips in Blueprint and online at This Old House and Lowe's how-to section, I'm feeling up to the task. Yesterday, I gave you my pre-installation pointers, and now, we're ready to hang. Here's Part II of my wallpaper primer: installation. If you have more tips, please tell me in the comments!

The Installation

  1. Cut strips of wallpaper about four inches longer than the height of your walls, then lay the pieces on the floor to make sure the patterns match up.
  2. Flip the pieces over, so the back is facing up. Fill a paint tray with wallpaper glue. Using a paint roller, apply it quickly and comprehensively to the back of the paper, all the way to the edges.
  3. For the rest of the pointers,

  4. Using a stepladder, hold once piece of wallpaper at the top of the wall and have someone hold the bottom so it's straight.
  5. Starting at the top and working outwards from the center, pull (don't push) an 8-inch plastic smoothing tool to press the paper against the wall.
  6. Holding a razor knife nearly parallel to the wall, trim the excess paper off the bottom, and wipe any adhesive off of the paper with a wet sponge.
  7. Hang each subsequent strip, making sure the pattern matches up and that the edges of the paper butt up against each other, rather than overlap. Corners are the only place where strips should overlap slightly.
  8. Repeat steps 5 and 6 for each strip.


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