Hello! Thank you for popping in today. Have you ever thought about installing traditional pasted wallpaper but assumed it would be too hard? I had always thought it would be difficult or too messy, but I recently installed a VERY graphic wallpaper print in our basement renovation, and I LOVE it. Not only how it looks but how surprisingly easy it was to install.
The wallpaper I used was gifted to me by Photowall (my opinions are always my own). I have previously installed pre-pasted wallpaper and removable wallpaper, but this is the first time I have used traditional wallpaper myself. I have to say I was a little nervous, but I am always game to save a bit of cash and DIY it. I ordered the suggested wallpaper install kit from the PhotoWall website. The kit was convenient, so I highly suggest picking one up. This one is available from Amazon. I picked a Saturday morning to start and planned to allow two days. I am happy to report it only took a few hours!
I had a blast selecting my wallpaper. Photowall has a vast inventory of designs, and you can even tweak your choice further if you want, which I love because it makes it the final design uniquely yours alone. My wallpaper selection is actually considered a mural (you can see it here).
The wallpaper was delivered in two rolls of panels that were numbered for ease of installation. I then trimmed each panel and laid them out in order. This also helped flatten the rolled wallpaper. I taped a photo of the mural to the wall just to double-check my pattern as I went along.
My first tip for you is to tape off any walls you will be painting after your wallpaper. The glue does seep out, and if you don’t get it wiped off thoroughly, it can later show through the fresh paint.
Start by finding a level spot on your wall and draw a light level line
Brush wallpaper glue onto the section of the wall where you be applying the first panel
Cut off excess material on top and/or bottom of the wall with an Exacto knife
Brush wallpaper glue onto the next section of the wall and hang the second panel
Match wallpaper panels side by side; mine required no overlapping
Make sure to push out any air bubbles, if there are any
Use a clean, damp sponge to wipe off any excess glue, if needed
Roll the seams together with a seam roller
Celebrate your gorgeous new wall!
Tip number two-don’t skip the level. It’s important to get the first piece of wallpaper straight. If you use the ceiling as a guide, you may end up crooked, and no one wants that!
I applied the paste with a brush (you could roll it on also). I brushed one row at a time in case I got distracted. You don’t want the paste to dry on the wall without the paper! Once you have applied paste and the paper, you can gently guide the paper where you want it.
Tip number three- Use that seem roller! It matched my seems up like a champ! It also helps the seems to lie flat against the wall and not pop up while drying.
Tip number four- Cover your floors. I used this clear plastic sheeting. I did manage to slop a bit of the paste around. It wasn’t as messy as I had anticipated, but covering was easier than mopping!
Tip number five- Use a sharp blade to trim your wallpaper. Once it is wet with the paste, a dull blade is going to give you a headache. 🙂
Once completed, stand back and admire!!! Soooooo easy!
It ended up taking about four hours to hang the wallpaper mural, and I am so pleased with how it looks. Even a beginning DIY’er would be able to install with a little patience.
That’s all I have for you today.
Until next time,