Although us Indians are more accustomed to painting our residence than hanging wallpapers, like with every other trend, this too has made an entry. And for anyone wanting a fresh look for your abode, this could be the answer, especially if you are into patterns.
So how do you get started? First of all, take your room measurements to know how much wallpaper you need. Simple rule of rectangle area (length X width). Once you are done with purchasing the wallpaper, you have to clear the room, cause sticking wallpaper with all the obstacles lying around could be a nightmare. What you need to do next prepare the surface. This involves immaculate cleanliness, a lot of scrubbing, sanding and dusting. Make sure no grease or dirt is left on the wall as this is very likely to bleed through the wallpaper. If there are stubborn stains, then prime the surface before hanging the wallpaper. Make sure all this dries out completely before you hang the wallpaper. Before you start sticking wallpapers, you need to determine where to start. Start somewhere inconspicuous so that you get to redo without spoiling a beautiful wall, if you err.
Now onto the wallpaper. You need to measure your walls once more just to make sure you don’t commit any mistakes when cutting the wallpaper. Creating plumb lines will help you make sure the wallpaper is always hung in a line. Before cutting your wallpaper make sure there are no manufacturing defects in the wallpaper. Find the pattern repeat too. This will help when you have to line up strips. Next cut your wallpaper using a long ruler and a sharp razor. Now you need to add the adhesive. Use a roller to apply this to the back of the wallpaper. Make sure the paste has been mixed properly, not too thin as this may cause too many drips and ruin the wallpaper, as will a coat that is too thick. This will take some getting used to, to master. But once you get the hang of it, will be as easy as a pie. Next get your ladder in place and align the wallpaper with the plumb line you marked earlier. Smooth out the wallpaper once the alignment is proper. Once you’ve smoothed out everything, cut off the excess (both top and bottom) using a utility knife. Your hung wallpaper is sure to have adhesive on the surface. So clean it with sponge and water.
With this, you are done. Just be sure to smooth out any bubbles formed while pasting. Happy pasting!