Hanging wallpaper is one of the easiest ways to give any room a facelift. Deep colours and vivid patterns can lend any room an intimate feel while light tones and dainty prints create the illusion of more space. Whatever effect you desire, hanging wallpaper is a task that requires both artistry and engineering. To get top quality results, you must choose the right type and amount of wallpaper, prepare the surface, and apply the wallpaper with precision.
Find out how much wallpaper you will need by measuring the height and length of each wall. At the store, check the total area of each wallpaper roll and divide the wall area of your room by this number to determine how many rolls you need to buy. Remember to buy more than the actual area of your room because you will need to match the patterns when applying the wallpaper.
Choose vinyl wallpaper if moisture is an issue. Canvas-backed vinyl is best for bathrooms and basements. Embossed wallpaper is a good choice for covering up imperfections. It is also durable and easy to paint over. Textile-based wallpaper has a sophisticated look and gives you more control during application. However, textile-based wallpaper is difficult to clean and its application is time-consuming.
Preparing the Walls
Start by turning off the electricity and removing the wall plates. Cover the outlets and switches with pieces of tape to protect them.
Strip off old wallpaper in sections. Use a putty knife to scrape off the adhesive underneath. If the wallpaper is older, it may be tougher to get off and the adhesive underneath may be permanently stuck to the wall. If this is the case, use a belt sander to remove the wallpaper and adhesive.
After you have stripped off the old wallpaper, clean the wall with a sponge and regular household cleaner. Let the wall dry thoroughly. Afterwards, check for mildew. If mildew is present, use a mixture of bleach and water to remove it. Never apply wallpaper over existing mildew.
Use a good quality filler to smooth cracks in the wall and fine-grit sandpaper to sand the surface smooth. Apply primer to give your wallpaper a solid foundation and to help it adhere to the wall.
Use a pencil and a carpenters level to mark guidelines on the wall. When cutting the wallpaper, cut a length that is 4 inches longer than the wall. Line up the wallpaper with the marks you drew on the wall. Start at the ceiling. Leave about 2 inches hanging off the top and below the floor. Make sure that the wallpaper is lined up properly and flatten it with a wallpaper brush. Smooth the wallpaper from the middle out, making sure that there are no bubbles or wrinkles. Let the wallpaper set for about 15 minutes and then wipe off excess adhesive from the seams with a wet sponge.
Get help if you need it before you start
If you are unsure about your ability to do a good decorating job, then get help before you start. In Glasgow can get a Painter Glasgow before you begin. You'll get a free estimate and advice.
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