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Home Improvement  /  August 9, 2016

How to Apply Wallpaper

The idea of applying wallpaper is making a comeback in homes all over Boise, which is making the home improvement stores happy. But applying wallpaper is not nearly as easy as it seems. There are a lot of rules you need to remember when you are hanging wallpaper that you need to get right if you want professional results. If you are really looking for professional results, then contact an expert from Handyman Connection of Boise. If you would like to give it a go yourself, then here are some steps for you to follow.

Buy 20 Percent More

One of the biggest mistakes homeowners make when it comes to applying wallpaper is they do not buy enough for their needs. You never know when you will need to make special cuts, and you also never know when you will need to replace an entire piece that was hung improperly. When you buy wallpaper, always buy 20 percent more than the amount you measured to make sure that you get all that you need.

Clean Your Walls

If you want your new wallpaper to look good, then you need to get rid of the old wallpaper that is currently on your walls. One method for removing wallpaper is to heat it up with a hair dryer and then scrape it off. The easiest way to remove your old wallpaper is to have an expert from Handyman Connection of Boise do the job for you.

Always Overlap At The Floor And Ceiling

When you apply wallpaper, you should always overlap the floor and ceiling by at least two inches. When the job is done, you can cut off the excess and be left with great looking results.

Start At The Corner And Work Out

To get the best results with your wallpapering, you should start at the corner and work your way out. The easiest type of paper to use is the paper with adhesive on the back that you only need to moisten to apply. At the corner, you should overlap each piece by 1/8-inch and then carefully cut each side to fit after each piece is in place.

Keeping It Straight

You should always use doors and windows as your guide to making your seam lines straight on the walls that have doors and windows. On large walls with no doors or windows, use a plumb bob that you hang from the ceiling to get your seam lines straight.

Light Switches And Other Wall Obstacles

When you cut your wallpaper to fit around light switches and light fixtures in the wall, always remove the switch plate and the fixture base before applying the paper. Your wallpaper should be cut so that 1/4-inch would go under the plate switch or the fixture base. When you put the wall accessories back in place, they will look professionally done.

Watch Out For Rolling Wallpaper

Wallpaper comes in a roll, and it likes to go back into roll form when you are trying to apply it. As you apply adhesive or moisture to the back of the wallpaper, be sure to smooth it out and have someone help you to prevent it from rolling up on itself. You can waste a lot of wallpaper by not paying attention to its rolling tendencies.

Wallpaper can give a cozy and warm feel that paint is not able to attain. The act of applying wallpaper is much more complicated than painting walls, so be sure you take your time when going through the process. If you want professional results, then consider bringing in an expert from Handyman Connection of Boise.


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