Basic Planning Steps for Installing New Wallpaper, Part 2

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In part one of this two-part blog series, we went over some of the initial steps involved in the process of installing new wallpaper. This isn’t a process you can just jump on suddenly and complete within an hour – it requires some planning and preparation to ensure the wallpaper is installed in an efficient and proper way and will remain in optimal shape for years into the future.

At Wallpaper Warehouse, we offer a wide range of discounted wallpaper products in a huge variety of color options and other elements. We left off at wall preparation and primer application in part one – today, we’ll go over applying your sticking paste, hanging the wallpaper and making any final cuts necessary to complete the project.

Paste Application

Your steps for the process of applying wall sticking paste will depend largely on the type of paste you choose to use. One popular wallpaper type is known as “paste-the-wall” wallpaper, which involves applying paste directly to the wall right before applying each hanging strip. This type of wallpaper is made with a special backing that doesn’t require soaking, and can save you some significant time.

In other cases, if you choose to use traditional sticking methods and wallpaper, you’ll have to soak the wallpaper in a solution for a period of time before hanging it. You have to be sure to apply primer evenly across wall surfaces, generally using a paintbrush for the edges and a roller for the rest of the wall.

Hanging the Wallpaper

Once you’ve worked out your paste needs, it’s time for the meat of the project. The general theme of wallpaper hanging involves beginning at the top of the wall and working down, plus placing some wallpaper just a bit past the corners of the attached walls and ceiling – this is to allow you to make cuts later on.

As you attach wallpaper, use your hand to guide the adhesive and ensure it’s sticking properly When you reach the bottom of the wall, allow any remaining wallpaper hang off the edge, then use a smoother to smooth out any bumps, ripples or air pockets present. Finally, when the area is flat and smooth, use a precision blade to cut off any overlapping edges. If you’re applying a second sheet of wallpaper, follow the same steps over again.

Cutting for Power Points

Once wallpaper is applied and trimmed, your final step here will be to cut for power points like outlets or light switches. Use your hand to locate these areas, then cut a small “X” over the point from each corner. That allows you to peel the wallpaper back and remove any obstructions, after which you can screw the panel covers back on so they sit flush over the wallpaper itself.

For more on the process of installing new wallpaper, or to learn about any of our wallpaper services, speak to the staff at Wallpaper Warehouse today.

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