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Wallpaper – Do It Yourself

WallPaper – How To Do it yourselfWall paper store in Miami

The application of Wall covering is not that hard to do if you have patience and of course all of the right tools.  As a wall paper store in Miami, we get asked all the time how one might be able to take on this installation on their own. Keep reading for a brief tutorial on how you can apply wallpaper all on your own

Before you begin to apply the wallpaper, the surface of the wall must be smooth, clean, dry and sound. Flaking paint and loose wallpaper should be removed and any uneven surfaces must be filled. Give the wall a prime coating if the color of the wall is very different from the new wallpaper. Very absorbent surfaces, such as plaster walls, should be sized accordingly.

You will need: Rollers and tray, Bucket, Paintbrush (For the areas that the roller misses, e.g. along the ceiling and skirting boards), Spirit level or plumb line (To make sure the wallpaper is straight), Steel ruler (To make a straight, clean cut along the top and bottom), Wallpaper sponge (Soft cloth or sponge, preferably a cellulose sponge), Pencil, Craft knife and Wallpapering tool or a brush(es).


The first step is to start by dividing the lengths as indicated by the cutting symbols. Lay the lengths in numerical order starting with length number 1. Make sure you have all the lengths and that none of them are defective or damaged.


Step two, three and four: The lengths are numbered in the order in which they must be hung. The lengths should be hung edge to edge without any overlapping. It is important that the first length is vertically straight. Tip: Make a pencil mark one wallpaper width along the wall near the ceiling. Hold a plumb line on the mark and draw a vertical line down the wall. Then line up your first length of wallpaper with this pencil line.


Step five, six and seven: Roll the paste straight onto the wall. Be sure to evenly cover the entire surface. If you miss a spot, this will cause the wallpaper to bubble. Paste an area the width of one and a half lengths at a time. Gently and evenly press the lengths together to ensure there are no visible seams. Make sure the wall has been pasted where the lengths meet so that the edges are not visible.


Step eight, nine, and ten: Try not to get paste on the front of the wallpaper. Any excess paste should be removed immediately using a wet wallpaper sponge. Smooth each length with a clean wallpapering tool or wallpaper brush. Work from the ceiling to the floor and from the middle out to the edges.


Last step: Once all the wallpaper has been hung, cut off any excess along the ceiling and floor. Always use a sharp blade to avoid tearing the paper. Keep the room ventilated and at normal room temperature for 24 hours to allow the paste to dry.





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