Decorating your home with wall paper is a very exciting way of achieving an array of looks in your home; from warmth of the traditional to the drama of the contemporary and the charm of the country, everything is possible. Wall paper is without doubt one of the most inexpensive ways of changing up the feel of the room.
With all the new styles and different wallpaper patterns to choose from, this ancient décor trend has gained a lot of popularity in the recent past and has become quite modern. For users who may not be at ease with wall-papering the entire room, one can create an accent wall by only covering one side; this gives the room some style and mystique.
Before you do anything though it is important to first measure your wall so as to determine how much paper you will need. Once you have chosen the style that you want, buy your rolls and you are ready to go. Make sure your color and pattern choice fits into the overall theme of your home or room. Here is a step by step guide on how to wallpaper a home'
To achieve professional looking results, you must assemble the correct tools and choose the right wall paper. You need tools such as a wall primer, a smoother brush, a cutter which can either be the snap off or razor blade type, a seam roller for the corner and flat styles, a water tray or some paste activator for any pre-pasted paper, a broad knife for trim guiding and a roller or brush for un-pasted paper. Pair of scissors, a worktable, clean rags, buckets, sponges, putty knife, drop cloth, a step ladder, a plumb line, some buckets and enough wall paper to fit the wall.
You should then make sure that your walls are sparkling clean. Remove anything which may be stuck on the walls such as paper, nails, gum etc. Use some wallpaper primer to coat the wall, for the paper to adhere properly, use a paint roller. Using the roller also makes it easier for you to remove the wallpaper when and if required. Once this is done, let the primer base dry.
You should then find the center of the wall and create your plum line. Using a measuring tape, measure towards the center of the wall horizontally and vertically, using a pencil and a carpenter’s level, mark this point and carefully draw a straight vertical line through this point. This is the plumb line where the edges of your wallpaper will be lined up.
If you are using a patterned wall paper, lay up two rolls next to each other and then line up the patterns. On one sheet, make sure you accurately mark where the bottom of the pattern should lie and then measure about three or four inches from that spot so as to get some wiggle room when hanging the wallpaper. Using a carpenters level or straight edge, draw a line across the width of the paper and trim along the line. Repeat this step for all rolls of wallpaper you have.
From the trimmed off roll, start from the bottom and measure out the height of the wall. Use a straight edge to cut the paper horizontally along this particular point, and then make a mark on the back of the paper. This will let you know which end is bottom and which one is the top, repeat the process with all the other rolls.
You should then lay out the strips on your worktable with the backside looking up. If the paper is not pre-pasted, make sure you evenly apply some wallpaper paste over the entire surface. If it is pre-pasted, use a damp sponge to moisten the surface accordingly.
With the paper still damp, pick one edge of the paper and without creasing the paper; fold it over the center. Do the same thing with the other edge, make sure you can’t see the back of the paper and then fold the paper in half again in a process known as “booking”. Let it sit for about five to eight minutes so as to allow the adhesives to get in and take effect. It also allows the paper’s width to expand to its original size. Do this in stages so that the booked paper doesn’t sit for too long and loose its stickiness in the process.
Starting at the ceiling of your mobile home, unfold the top half of the strip and then stick it to the wall, make sure you line up the side of the paper with center plumb line. Using a putty knife or smoothing tool, gently smooth the strip, you should have at least three or four inches of excess paper hanging off the bottom. Hold the putty knife along a baseboard and using a utility knife, calmly cut away the excess paper.
Sweep a slightly damp and clean sponge over the hanged paper so as to get rid of any air bubbles or any extra adhesive that may be on the paper. Work from the center outward and from the ceiling down for a perfect look. Unfold your other piece of paper and line it up against the hanged sheet, pay very close attention to the patterns and make sure the papers are touching but not overlapping. You should not notice any break in the pattern. Repeat this process for all the strips.
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