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Wallpapering Procedure

Rustic Home >Hanging Wallpaper (part 2)

The usual place to put the first strip of wallpaper is over a doorway or at a dark corner. The project can also be started between windows. When you've decided where to start, mark exactly where to hang the first drop. Don't rely on anything in the room being true; draw a vertical line with a plumb line or carpenter's level to make sure the paper will be straight.

The hanging procedures are detailed in the following step-by-step sequences.


  1. Because wallpaper comes in rolls, it must always be cut to fit the height of the wall, and because full widths do not always fit exactly across a wall, it often has to be cut narrower along its length. To cut a piece to length, allow about a 2" overlap at the top and bottom to be trimmed off after the paper is on the wall. This lets you adjust the sheet up and down to meet the pattern properly.
  2. Long cuts on wallpaper should be marked at both ends, measuring in from the edge that will meet the piece already on the wall. Long cuts are usually made to fit the paper into corners and should be measured from the top and bottom of the wall because corners are seldom plumb (vertical level).

Many wallpapers today come pre-pasted. Simply unroll the sheets, cut them to length and then re-roll them turned inside out. Now immerse the reversed rolls in the water tray for several minutes or as specified by the manufacturer's instructions.

Pull the top edge of the paper out of the tray and fold the paper.

If you are not using pre-pasted paper, proceed as follows:

  1. Wallpaper paste is available both premixed in liquid form and dry for mixing with water. If you are mixing it, make it up about 30 minutes before you start the papering project. Plan 1 lb. of dry mix adhesive to hang 6 to 8 rolls of paper. Some vinyl papers take more adhesive. A good rule of thumb is 1 gallon of vinyl adhesive for 2 to 4 rolls of vinyl wallpaper.
  2. Lay a piece of the paper that has been cut to length on the pasting table with one edge flush with a long edge. Paste the paper with a paste brush from the table edge to the middle and about half its length. Shift the paper across the table so that the other edge lines up along the other edge of the table and paste the rest of that side. Lining the paper up with the table edges prevents paste from getting on the table top and damaging paper surfaces.
  3. Fold the paper over on itself so that the pasted surfaces are in contact with each other. The top edge should be folded to the center of the strip and the bottom edge in turn. This process is called "booking".
  4. When the entire sheet is pasted, fold it into a manageable package that will be easy to carry to the wall. These packets may be set aside for a few minutes to allow the paste to soften the paper.

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