How to Wallpaper tips and tricks.
The method of wallpapering firsty depends on the paper you are using. The most common types here in Ireland are paste the wallpaper or paste the wall. It really depends on the manufacturer instructions as to which method will work for your paper.
The piece of paper that wraps around the wallpaper is really important, it’s going to tell us a few things we need to know. It will firstly tell you whether you need to paste the wall or paste the paper which will determine a lot for your project.
Next is the lot/batch number this is key, its a code that will tell you what print run the paper roll is. It’s important that you have the same code on all the rolls for your projects as if its on a different print run it can lead to colour discrepancies.
The Types of Wallpaper: These are the main types of wallpaper
Paste the Paper: In this type of wallpaper, you need to paste the paper, and gently fold the paper over on itself. This is because the paper is going to expand but you do not want the paper to dry out. On the instructions that wrapped around the wallpaper it will tell you how long you need to leave the paper rest, this will vary from manufacturer to manufacturer
Paste the Wall: This paper you paste the wall before you hang the paper. This type of wallpaper has a layer on the back of the paper that is a special non woven paper so that the wallpaper doesn’t expand. This can be a little less messy. It also can make the job a little easier. I have seen most of the newer wallpaper companies opt for this type of wallpaper.
Peelable Wallpaper: This type of wallpaper has its advantages and disadvantages, it can be quite difficult to hang. The wall really needs to be spotlessly clean. It like putting a giant sticker on the wall. It has a more shiny finish which allows for easy cleaning. It’s easier to get a custom peel and stick wallpaper if you are into designing. It is a more non-permanent option as it won’t last as long as the other wallpapers above.
Tools for Wallpapering
Adjustable Sharp Knife
The most important tool you need for wallpapering is an adjustable sharp knife. Any problems I have ever come across with wallpapering is a blunt blade. It can damage and rip the wallpaper and makes the job a lot harder.
This can make your life a a lot easier, it’s great to get the paper up on a larger surface area, and remove and push out bubbles. It’s great for working the wallpaper into corners and securing it into position over skirting boards. This really helps when it comes to trimming back the paper.
Wallpaper paste can really make your job harder or easier depending on what you go for. I always stay away from the powder that you need to mix to make your paste. It seems to always get lumpy which can affect your finish of the paper. The best paste I have ever tried is the Solvite high performance wallpaper adhesive. It comes in a tub that you can seal and use on a few different projects. It’ s really easy to apply.
Where do you start?
I wallpapered my little nook in the hallway. The ceiling was not an easy task but in an area like this the best thing to do is always start in the middle of the wall. Your first row of paper needs to be right in the middle of the wall. This is to balance the pattern. I use the same method if I am wallpapering a piece of furniture. Get the centre point of that wall and the put a tiny pencil mark on the paper and make sure they line up. You can use a spirit level hear to make sure that the paper is straight. The you can start working in rows from either side of that centre row.
If you are wallpapering a whole room, The most dominant wall in that room is where I would start. So when you walk into a room what wall does your eye go to first. Start in the middle of that wall.
How to line up the wallpaper when you are joining?
Make sure you have the exact pattern lined up, I always put the paper as close a I can to the next row and the push the new row in exactly to the line to meet the next row. I start in the middle of the join and work my way up and down the paper always slightly pushing in the paper.