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How to Install and Paint Textured Wallpaper

One of the most important steps in a bath remodel is putting up new wallpaper to fit the new room's flavor. Learn how to install textured wallpaper in a bathroom with these easy step-by-step instructions.

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  • Price Range

    $100 - $250

  • Difficulty

    Easy to Moderate


Step 1: Apply the First Sheet of Wallpaper

Each wallpaper strip is carefully measured to 92 inches, cut using a straight-edge (Image 1), moistened in a tub filled with tap-water, and carefully positioned (Image 2).

Use a plumb bob to make sure the paper is as straight as possible.

Mark the plumb line and use a new razor blade to make the taper cut (Image 3).

Step 2: Install the Rest of the Wallpaper

After the successful installation of the first piece, the next piece is lined up straight by using the first as a reference (Image 1).

The next piece matches right up. Use a seam roller to flatten the seams together (Image 2).

Even though the wallpaper is pre-pasted, mix up a small amount of regular wallpaper paste (Image 3). With your finger, apply the paste along seams that aren't sticking tightly to the wall (Image 4).

Once again, use the roller to press the seams together (Image 5).

Step 3: Finish the Wallpaper

From here on, cutting paper to fit around doors, windows and switches will be the only tricky maneuvers.

The wallpaper is allowed to set up for a day or two before painting.

doors,switches and windows are tricky to wallpaper

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Step 4: Paint the Wallpaper

One of the challenges of remodeling is ensuring that walls and ceilings match up precisely — especially when they were originally in different rooms. There are a number of products available to help cover uneven spots. A textured paint (Image 1) can help conceal the seam in the ceiling between two older rooms.

This product is actually paint mixed with sand. It's easy to use, but it makes a mess. It also takes a little time to get the feel for how to apply it and make it look just right. Using a roller and extension (Image 2).

With the ceiling finished, painting of the textured wallpaper can begin.

Step 5: Install Molding

Later, crown and floor molding will be installed. The use of molding serves two purposes. It's a great finishing touch, but it also hides any painting or wallpapering flaws where the ceiling meets the walls.

crown and floor molding is finishing touch

Courtesy of Jeffrey Rowe