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Wallpapering Tricks

Posted on: February 15, 2009

Wallpapering is nowhere as intimidating as one might think. I am going to give you a few tricks that you will love.

The absolute first thing you must accept is that all paper hangers make mistakes. The difference between a good installer and a bad one is his ability to repair or hide the mistakes and bad cuts in his hanging, your imperfect walls, and flaws in the wallpaper itself.

For years you have been told to drop a plumb line in the center of a wall or use a level when hanging a striped wallpaper. Baloney! You aren’t going to give a fig whether the paper is perfectly hung if the stripes appear crooked when they get to the corners of the room. Start at an inside corner and hang that first strip so that the strip fits perfectly from ceiling to floor. Visually it will appear straight even if it isn’t plumb.

If you’re not into decorator cover plates for wall switches and plugs, covering them with wallpaper will make them disappear. Take a leftover square of paper that is bigger than the switch plate, place it over the plate while it is still on the wall, and maneuver your paper until the edges of it match the wallpaper on the wall. Holding it firmly against the plate, remove them both from the wall and pencil a line around the edge of the plate, designating the screw holes.

Cut your paper leaving an inch border around the penciled line and marking the spot where the switch will come through. Cut a V into each corner and poke a hole in the paper where the screw goes in. Elmer’s glue the back of the paper, fold over your borders and place a bit of masking tape to hold them in place. Screw your plate back on the wall and it will disappear into the background.

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