What You Need
Wall Prep Materials
You may need some or all fo the following items: sandpaper, spacklingc compound
or drywall compound, putty knife 6 inch, pigmented shellac, 9 inch paint roller
and frame, paint brush, wallpaper remover and a good drop cloth. Chance are you
already have most of these items.
You will also need some or all of these items: Large level, water tray, wallpaper
adhesive, paint roller, paint brush, work table or work surface, drop cloth, Olfa
razor knife, scissors, straight edge, smoothing tool, sponge bucket with clean and
some soft rags.
Before You Start
You will probably need to do some wall preparation. This is the least fun part but
a very important part. The time you spend preparing will make the job easier and
yield a more satisfactory appearance when installation is completed. Visually examin
the walls very carefully filling in any and all little indentations and imperfections
with clean drywall compound. Don't over do this or the excess will need to sanded
off. Once your wall is smooth and "perfect" condition, it will need to
be sealed. Here is where some differences of opinions come into play but I like
my way as it is tried and proven. Seal the walls with pigmented shellac diluted
slightly with denatured alcahol. I like this because it soaks into the drywall and
dries in 30 minutes to a rock hard surface. Put two coats on for good measure and
you will not have wall damage later when you remove the wallpaper. Same for old
or new walls. Get old walls to a "like new" condition and proceed with
the pigmented shellac.
Start in what would be considered the most inconspicuous place in the room because
you are going to have at least one mis-match in every room.
You will usually want to your first sheet in the corner behind the door entering
the room allowing about 1/4 in. overlap around the corner. You will also want to
have the first seam not in the corner perfectly plumb. The easiest way to do this
is with a four or six foot level. It is so easy when matching wallcovering patterns
to get out of plumb, you must be consistently aware to check and make corrections
at every corner. The first strip and each corner corrected strip must be perfectly
Cutting First Sheet
It is a very good idea to unroll the first double roll of wallcovering to inspect
it and become familiar with the pattern. You want to choose a starting point with
the top of the wallcovering on the outside of the roll as opposed to being rolled
inside with the bottom on the outside. You need to be able to unroll some of the
roll with the top in one hand and the roll in the other hand. Pick out an easily
recognizable part of the top as a ceiling line or starting point. That will be your
starting point for every sheet. If you cut your sheets up in advance, be sure to
allow a couple inches extra on both top and bottom. Some times wallcovering comes
rolled with the top inside and other times the top is outside.
We have new materials to work with today that didn't exhist a couple years ago.
Different manufactures identify the material by different names but it all works
the same. It is not paper. There is no paper in wallpaper. It is a synthetic woven
material which will not shrink as paper did. When wet, it does not expand and when
dry, it does not shrink. Once it is placed on the wall and seamed up properly, it
stays that way. If you have done proper wall preparation, you will be able to remove
the entire sheet in one piece when you are ready to hang new wallpaper.