DIY Wallpaper Tips: Solving Common Wallpaper Problems

Prevent Wallpaper Problems

Even for the novice, a DIY wallpaper project is an inexpensive and simple way to transform any room in your home or office.

We’ve put together a few tips and tricks for avoiding some of the most common problems you’re likely to encounter, as well as some quick fixes if you do run into trouble!

Rough Cuts and Trimmings

Wallpaper pros have an old saying: You can tell a DIY job from a professional application by how clean the cut lines are. Clean cuts not only look better, but they will hold up better as well. Rough cut lines are more prone to coming loose and peeling away from the wall.

The secret to clean cuts is a very sharp, clean blade. Whether you prefer to use a craft knife (like an X-Acto) or razor blades, clean your blade constantly and change it often. In fact, the pros use a new razor blade for every cut!

Avoiding and Camouflaging Gaps at Seam Lines

Gaps between seams can occur for a few reasons, almost all of which are preventable.

Follow the manufacturer’s instructions to the letter for “booking” your wallcovering. Booking is the process of gently folding both ends a strip in toward the middle, paste side in, and letting it rest. This allows the moisture from the wallpaper paste to permeate the fibers of the paper, which causes the paper to expand.

Proper booking will eliminate or at least minimize seam gaps, as will butting each strip carefully against the previous piece.

If you do develop gaps between strips, carefully lift the edges of each strip and paint the wall a color that matches the wallpaper’s base color. In fact, some DIY experts recommend doing this proactively, just in case your application isn’t perfect!

Avoiding and Fixing Loose Seams

Loose seams and curling ends can happen if you don’t use enough adhesive or if you fail to prepare the wall surface properly before hanging your wallpaper. This also can occur if the room’s temperature is too warm, which causes the paste to dry too quickly.

Don’t prolong the booking process too much, or the paste will dry along the edges before you attach the paper. Also take care not to roll your seams too ardently, as you can squish the paste out. The pros recommend using a brush or drywall sweeping tool as much as possible, using the seam roller sparingly.

To fix loose seams or curling ends, use a small artist’s paintbrush to apply adhesive, then gently press the paper down. Use a brush, sweep or roller to gently press the paper down and remove any trapped air bubbles.

Wallcoverings are forgiving, even if you’ve never wallpapered before. With a little planning and preparation, you can avoid most common problems.

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With help from Wallpaper Warehouse, your DIY wallpaper project will be a breeze!

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