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Basic Wallpapering Tips (page 1 of 2)

Before you wallpaper a room, you may want to apply lining paper to hide imperfections and create a smooth surface. Follow these steps to line your walls and hang wallpaper.
Excerpted from Do It Yourself Home Improvement

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What You Need to Know:

Lining paper can be hung horizontally as well as vertically, depending on which technique will cover the wall fastest. The horizontal technique is shown here; hang vertical lengths as for wallpaper. Use corners as guide lines, and if walls undulate, then allow the paper to overlap, then trim it back. Greater care must be taken with wallpaper; each sheet has to be hung perfectly vertical to achieve satisfactory results.

Line the Ceiling: The First Sheet

Take your “book” of pasted lining paper and hold it in position in line with the wall; you will need help with this (Image 1).

Use the paperhanging brush to crease the paper into the junction between the ceiling and the wall (Image 2).

Smooth out the paper by brushing from the center out with the paperhanging brush; your helper should unravel the paper as you progress (Image 3).

Remove Excess Paper

Brush out any bubbles trapped under the paper (Image 1), then draw a pencil line along the junction between the ceiling and the wall.

Pull the paper gently back from the ceiling. Trim the paper along your line using scissors, then brush it back into position (Image 2).

Use a damp sponge to remove any excess paste from the walls and the paper surface (Image 3). Repeat this step at the other end of the paper.

Attach the Next Length

Take the next “book” of paper and repeat the process. Align the paper with the first sheet, then fold it into the junction as before (Image 1).

Butt the paper length against the side of the previous sheet, making sure the seam is tight. Smooth the entire section before trimming and wiping down (Image 2).

Line the Walls: The First Sheet

Position one end of a length of pasted lining paper into the corner of the wall, tight against the ceiling and overlapping into the corner (Image 1).

Smooth the paper across the wall with a paperhanging brush, using the junction between the wall and ceiling as your guide (Image 2).

When the sheet is in place, return to the corner and crease the paper (Image 3). Slice the sheet with a trimming knife or scissors to remove any excess paper.

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