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Hanging Wallpaper-Step by Step Instructions

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Hanging Wallpaper-Step by Step

Unbook the top half of the strip placing the marked spot at the top of the wall, letting the excess paper overlap the ceiling and adjoining wall.

Slide the paper into position so it aligns with the plumb line.
Using a brush or smoothing tool, gently press the strip against the wall.
Be careful not to stretch the wallpaper while positioning.
Unbook the bottom half and smooth into place. Keep your hands wet.
Tap the strip into the corners, against the ceiling and along the baseboard.
Snip a diagonal cut into the corners at the ceiling and baseboard, and smooth the extra 1/2 inch onto the adjoining wall.
Smooth the entire strip, working diagonally from the top down and from the center outward, forcing out air bubbles.
If air bubbles still exist, or if the paper doesn't appear straight, gently pull back the sheet and re-smooth.
Wash off the excess paste with a wet sponge immediately. If a bubble appears that won't smooth, poke it with a pin before it dries and gently work the air out through the pin hole.

Using the wall scraper as a guide, trim the excess paper along the ceiling and baseboard with a sharp razor knife. If the paper begins to tear, wait 5 minutes and retry. Go slowly and change blades after each strip.
Wash paste off ceiling and baseboards with a wet sponge, changing water frequently.

Using the same procedure, cut and apply the second strip,matching the pattern to the first strip.
Butt the edges tightly together, but don't overlap the strips.After hanging 2-3 strips, check for pattern and color inconsistencies.
Wait 15 minutes and go over the seams with a seam roller.Make sure you don't stretch or overwork the seams, forcing out the adhesive.
To hang around doors and wood framed windows, hang the entire strip of paper and smooth into place to the edge of the window or door frame.
Make diagonal cuts (miter cuts) in the wallpaper at the door or window frame corners and allow the paper to separate and lay smoothly against the wall.
Smooth the paper around the frame as you go along. Trim the excess paper around the frame with the knife and scraper edge.

Cutting around light switches and outlets:
Remember, electrical power should be off!
With a razor knife, cut and trim an area slightly smaller than the switch or outlet cover.
Replace outlet covers and switch plates when finished.

Ta DAH!!!
Your finished!



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