Tools and Tips for Your First Wallpaper Installation, Part 2

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In part one of this two-part blog series, we went over some of the basics for those looking to complete their first wallpaper installation. Wallpaper beginners only need a few basic tools and themes to get them started, plus some basic expertise on common mistakes like failing to double-check batch number and order accuracy.

At Wallpaper Warehouse, we’re here to help everyone from wallpaper beginners to experienced interior designers. We offer a wide range of discounted wallpaper from numerous manufacturers, plus regularly assist clients with some of the simple themes involved with installing our wallpaper products anywhere in your home. Today’s part two of our series will go over a few additional tools and tips for their use as you install your new wallpaper.

Cutting Knife

In part one, we discussed a cutting edge tool, which is fantastic for ceiling edges and related areas. A related but different tool at your disposal in the cutting realm: The cutting knife.

This knife is a bit more versatile, ideal not only for edging but also cutting various wallpaper types, including specialty thicker types like vinyl or woodchip. In many cases, the cutting knife will be used in coordination with the cutting edge, with the latter acting as a handy guide given its measuring scale along the blade.

Pasting Tools

Once your wallpaper is cut to the desired dimensions, it’s tie to think about prepping it for application. This means paste, and your first step will be to find the ideal wallpaper paste product – our team will be happy to recommend good choices here, whether you’re looking for a non-mixed or pre-mixed solution.

For most wallpaper pasting jobs, we recommend utilizing a large pasting brush that can be purchased at any home improvement store. For tall or hard-to-reach areas, you can attach the head of this brush to a broom handle or a selfie stick (if you own one).

Smoothing Options

Finally, once you’ve properly applied your paste and have attached your wallpaper, it’s time to smooth it out. This involves removing any air bubbles or other imperfections that have formed, leaving a flat and smooth wallpaper surface. There are a few different brush types that might be best here:

  • Hanging brush: A bristle brush that’s ideal for smoothing creases and bubbles, especially for any curved walls or wallpapering being done around a corner.
  • Seam roller: Usually made of foam, this roller – often complete with an extended handle – is ideal for corners and seams that may pick up bubbles.
  • Wallpaper smoother: This is similar to a hanging brush, but uses a plastic edge for smoothing and is far more accurate for smaller bubbles. At the same time, it’s not quite as gentle, and delicate sections of wallpaper should be smoothed using a brush if possible.

For more on the tools and themes to keep handy for your first wallpaper installation, or to learn about any of our wallpaper options and order wallpaper online, speak to the staff at Wallpaper Warehouse today.

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