Wallpaper Tips & Tricks For Beginners Part 3

Finishing up with our “Wallpaper Tips & Tricks For Beginners” series, here is the final installment of tips for interior design beginners. If you are looking to remodel your living room or apply new wallpaper to your home in Fall River, MA & Rhode Island, here are great tips to keep in mind!

Cut the Power to Outlets and Switches

Turn the power off in the room before you work around the box and the switches. After, paper over as though they were not there. Then, you would make a diagonal cut from the opposite corners. Finally, trim away the leftover pieces and replace the cover plate.

Look for Imperfections Early

Check over the hung strips multiple times for bubbles and seam issues. It is important to smooth out bubbles as early as possible. The seams should be adjusted so they align before the glue has set in.

Get rid of Extra Adhesive

Use a sponge to clean extra adhesive off the baseboard, wallpaper, and ceiling. Be sure to wash the sponge often in order to remove as much of the glue as possible before you use it again.

Sharpen Up Your Tool

Be sure the utility knife is sharpened before you trim. A dull knife can cause the wallpaper to tear which may lead to damaging the wallpaper and uneven lines.

Carefully Trim the Paper

Keep the putty knife between the wallpaper and the blade when trimming. Doing this will not only protect the paper while you cut, but will ensure for a straight cut. Additionally, do not lift the blade until you are done with cutting.

Another way to trim wallpaper is using the back of a scissor blade. This marks the angles on the wall covering. After that, pull the paper away from the wall. Then, trim along the line marked with scissors. This suggestion is here if you are able to cut in a straight line.

Use Push Pins

Using push pins keeps long strips of the border or paper in place. Put the pin in a lighter area of the paper in order to lessen the chance of it showing. When you remove it, use the seam roller on the paper to smooth out the puncture.

Special Adhesive for Borders

You need a special paste if you want to hang a border on the top of your wallpaper. Make sure to let the wallpaper dry for about 48 hours before you hang the wallpaper border.

Paper Your Faceplates to Match

The faceplates are easy to paper. Find paper scrap that closely matches an area of the wall next to the faceplate. When you find a match, trim the paper one inch wider than the plate. Sanding or priming the faceplate before putting the wallpaper up is recommended, but is not necessary in all situations. Put the paper over the faceplate and be sure that it’s aligned. Cut the paper one-half inch wider than the plate. Dampen the paper and lay it over the plate. Then, use your knife to cut a small X or line where the holes are located. Be sure the paper is aligned before you trim the extra paper. Get rid of the corners of the paper. Then, fold the edges around the sides. Finally, trim the openings using a pin or nail to make a hole where the screw will go. Replace the plate.

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