Four handy hints you need to know before wallpapering

Four handy hints you need to know before wallpapering


Posted 18th Jul 2018 by Peter Byrne

While it's all well and good making the most of summer to carry out work in the garden, there's still a fair chance that you'll have DIY challenges to tackle indoors

If your walls need an update and you’re planning to give wallpapering a go, try these tried and tested wallpaper hanging hacks from Alex Whitecroft of I Want Wallpaper, to save both time and money, as you avoid making some potentially expensive mistakes.

1 Strip the wallpaper with ease

The old-fashioned method of 'score, soak, steam and scrape' can end up taking hours - not to mention lots of elbow-grease.

Instead of this, why not try using fabric softener to eliminate stubborn wallpaper that refuses to budge? It will soften both the glue and paper, ensuring the job is that much easier.

All you will need to do is mix equal parts of softener and hot water in a spray bottle (something like a garden sprayer will make the job even easier). Then, spray a section of wallpaper to fully saturate it and wait around 15 minutes - this is crucial to allow the solution to work its magic. You can then peel away the paper and use a paint scraper on the more stubborn areas.

2 Think outside the box (and don't paper the whole room)

Wall-to-wall luxurious wallpaper coverings can look great in a room, but you can also use wallpaper in more imaginative ways to create a stunning effect - it's a great way to give a tired looking room a quick makeover, ideal for time strapped homeowners.

The best way to update a room in a hurry is a feature wall. Budget friendly (you'll need less product), and only taking a quarter of the time, they're a brilliant way to introduce colour, pattern and texture while also ensuring you don't overpower a room.

Another handy hint - pick a wall that has no obstacles (for instance, windows, doors and radiators), as this will make the job even easier.

A simple and stunning look can be achieved by wallpapering inside wall-panelling, or above a picture rail or divider. Using less product, it will only take a fraction of the man power. Another option is to create a bespoke 'headboard' with wallpaper. By framing and hanging sections of wallpaper, you have an alternative way to overhaul the room in double quick time, making it an easy way to give your interiors a touch up on a more frequent basis - it sounds like a win-win situation to us!

3 Paper behind a radiator 

You can waste your time bleeding a radiator and taking it off the wall, so you can paper something which no one will ever see.

Or, you could try this simple hack - hang a strip of paper that is cut just long enough to cover around 20cm of wall behind the top of the radiator. You can then cut another short length to fit the gap at the bottom. The brackets should hide the bare wall from view, to ensure no one will know the difference.

4 Remove bubbles with precision

You've finished hanging your wallpaper - it looks amazing! Until, oh gosh, there's a bubble...however, before you panic and start rueing a job badly done, get around it by finding a tiny pin. Then, use this to puncture the air bubbles and gently remove the air with a wallpaper sweeper.

It will be easier to do this when the glue is still wet, so make sure you thoroughly check the paper as you go along. If it's a bigger bubble or you need more glue, you can always use a craft knife to make a slit, push the air out and then use a syringe to add more glue. You can then smooth this out and remove the excess glue with a damp sponge.





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