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Wallpaper
 

Wallpaper

with its wealth of patterns and styles, is much more effective than paint. It's also better at hiding flaws in imperfect wall. The downside is that hanging wallpaper is a bit more challenging than rolling on paint, but there's nothing so tricky you can't master. Wallpaper is available in a wide variety of color, patterns, and textures to suit almost every decorative style.

For applying wallpaper

You will need a sturdy stepladder to reach the top of the wall or the ceiling. In addition to the tools listed below, you will also need a tape measure, carpenter's pencil. A utility knife with replaceable blades, carpenter's level or chalk line, and sponge or damp cloth to wipe excess paste or size from surfaces. Keep a few trash bags handy for disposal of trimmed pieces of paste-coated wallpaper.

Cut out the first length

Using wallpaper scissors. Turn the cut paper so that the pattern faces upwards. Spread out the first length on the pasting table, right side down, and apply the paste. Paste and accordion-fold the length of paper in 3 ft sections. Be careful not to crease the pasted paper when you are folding it. Mark a vertical line on the wall to use a guide for the first length by holding a chalk line against the wall near the floor.

Unravel the paper down the wall

Aligning the edge with the vertical line, and smooth each section as you unfold it. Let the length hang down without sticking the bottom in place. At the junction of the wall and the ceiling, run the rounded tip of the scissors along the overhang. Carefully pull the top part of the paper away from the ceiling and wall, and cut off the overhang. Push the paper into the edge between the wall and baseboard.

Wipe excess paste off the wall with a damp sponge. Continue to hang the rest of the lengths. Secure the edges by running a seam roller up and down along the edge or over the seam line. Do not press hard when using the seam roller on delicate wallpapers.

 
 


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