In my years of decorating I have hung plenty of wallpaper.
In my first house (The Glade is my second home) I hung a tiny print (it was the 80s) in an upstairs hall and down the stairwell. I had to stand on a board between 2 ladders to reach the top of the walls which were angled on a diagonal, so tricky cutting and pasting. It was a project of much frustration but also great learning.
I have papered many rooms or parts of rooms over the past 40 years.
Since my dining room wallpaper is on order and should be arriving “in the next 7 to 14 days or sooner” (I’m not kidding, that was the time estimate) I started gathering all the tools and supplies I will need to do the job.
The dining room ceiling is painted and the cornice molding is also painted.
Wallpaper is going only on the top third of the walls above the tongue-in-groove paneling. All of the paneling has been primed and some of the paneling has been painted but I’ll wait to finish that job until after the wallpaper is up because no matter how neat I am there will always be drips.
Here are my supplies:
- Clear wallpaper primer – I bought this product at Lowes because Home Depot does not stock wallpaper products except for adhesive and remover. (Naturally I went to Home Depot first.)
- Level – I have lots of levels and would normally use the longest one for wallpaper but this area has only a 3 foot height so a shorter level is in order. A plumb bob can replace the level.
- Straight edge – I have different length T-squares but for wallpaper I plan to use a framing square as my straight edge.
- Taping knife and lots of sharp razor blades – I know from experience that a dull blade will tear the paper. This is not an area to skimp on. I also keep sharp scissor handy for cutting the paper to size and tricky trimming situations.
- Tape measure and ruler – I like to have handy the most convenient tools for the job so I round up a tape measure, a yardstick, and a ruler. Couldn’t hurt.
- Wall paper wetting tray – My paper is pre-pasted so I will wet it in a specially shaped tray and follow carefully the directions that come with the paper in terms of how long to soak it and how long to let it rest.
- Paper smoothers and a seam roller – These 3 tools help to apply the paper so it sticks to the wall in all spots and has no air bubbles which will eventually lift the paper from the surface.
- Bucket and sponge – These are used both for smoothing the paper onto the wall and clean-up. Lots of water changes assure that all the wallpaper adhesive is removed from the face of the paper.
Today I’m priming the walls with the wallpaper primer/sizing. This will help the paper to be positioned easily onto the wall during application and stick better after it dries.
Have you looked at new wallpaper designs lately?