This is Not a Wallpapering Tutorial

Wallpapering is expensive, time-consuming, and infuriating.

I'm only papering the top third of my dining room -- challenging enough for me.
I’m only papering the top third of my dining room — challenging enough for me.

You can always watch a YouTube video or two or twenty if you want to know on which wall to start or how to hang an inside corner.

The dark blue wallpaper really accentuates the white door trim.
The dark blue wallpaper really accentuates the white door trim.

I thought I could give a few tips that the are usually glossed over or missed totally.

I'm working my way around the room from left to right.
I’m working my way around the room from left to right.
  1. Keep utensils and water impeccably clean and glue free.

    Wash the glue from these tools repeatedly.
    Wash the glue from these tools repeatedly.
  2. Mark the top of the paper on the back to indicate which way is up.

    I mark the back corner of the wallpaper with an arrow pointing toward the top of the paper -- most important of the pattern seems to have no direction.
    I mark the back corner of the wallpaper with an arrow pointing toward the top of the paper — most important if the pattern seems to have no direction.
  3.  Don’t walk away from the project while working on it. (I walked into the kitchen and a piece of wallpaper — not the last one I had hung — fell off the wall.)

    The middle piece of wallpaper fell off the wall when I turned my back for a moment.
    The middle piece of wallpaper fell off the wall when I turned my back for a moment.
  4. While measuring and leveling, look at the ruler or level bubble straight on — even a small sideways sighting makes a difference.

    Levels are important to check the straightness of the paper -- don't rely on your eye.
    Levels are important to check the straightness of the paper — don’t rely on your eye.
  5. Don’t throw away the trimmings until the project is finished.  Using the gooey glue remaining on a cutaway piece is often just enough to tack down a seam or corner.
  6. Change your cutting blade OFTEN. Don’t make “just one more” cut with a dulling blade; it will tear your paper.

Do you have any more wallpapering tips?

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Author: Jo

Welcome to The Glade, where the second generation of renovations has just begun and the mania about our home, music and other passions fill our days and nights. We’re Charlie and Jo in the music world; Mary Jo and Charles to family; and JoJo and Charlie to each other. We are renovating a midcentury house in a Victorian historic district where we want to live there the rest of our lives. It's a 1946 house located in Maryland. We were married in this house. Thus far (pre-blog) we refinished cabinets, added a window seat (still working on the cushion), rearranged a wall in the guest house due to sink/vanity replacement, planted a vegetable garden, and other quick and not-so-quick fixes. So this latest zeal for construction is the result of my having lived here since 1997 and feeling a need to ready the house for the next chapter and beyond.

11 thoughts on “This is Not a Wallpapering Tutorial”

    1. Chad, when are you getting your own H&G show? You are perfectly suited. I would let you paper my powder room which is the next papering project. Jo

  1. Years ago I had a painter painting the outside of my house. I had thought of doing some wallpaper so I asked him if he had any tips. He said, “I always hire someone else do to that.” Thanks dude.

  2. Great progress! You’re almost there!! Your whole post explains why I am so reluctant to replace or remove my dining room wallpaper (which, like yours, is above the plate rail). I worked TOO HARD to give it up!! 🙂

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