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How to install our Paste-the-Wall Wallpaper (Spoiler alert… it’s easier than you think!)

Are you feeling intimidated by the prospect of installing your own Paste-the-Wall Wallpaper? It can often seem like a complex and challenging task, but don’t worry – its much less daunting than you think. In just a few simple steps, you can transform the look of a room and make it truly beautiful.

In this article, we’ll guide you through how to install Paste-the-Wall wallpaper with ease, no matter whether it’s your first time, or you’re a seasoned pro. You’ll be amazed at how quickly and easily it can be done. As interior designer Joanna Goodman says, “Wallpaper transforms a room from a blank canvas to a work of art.” So don’t be afraid to give it a go!

HOW TO INSTALL PASTE THE WALL WALLPAPER

To make it as easier as possible for you to get started with your wallpaper project, we’ve provided a helpful video here with step-by-step instructions on how to prepare and install your paste-the-wall wallpaper. Watch this video first and you will feel confident to grab your roller and start pasting!

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WALL PREPARATION

The preparation of the wall is an important part of the process. The wall should be smooth—without any texture. Fill in any holes and sand down any rough areas to ensure that the wall is perfectly smooth, flat, and free of contaminants. The wall should be clean and dry before you begin the installation. For a full guide to wall preparation, please see our helpful article here.

RECOMMENDED TOOLS

  1. Paste (not included—recommendations below) 
  2. Roller & tray
  3. Spirit level
  4. Drop cloth
  5. Sponge/cloth 
  6. Pencil
  7. Sharp utility knife and extra blades
  8. Seam roller
  9. Smoothing tool
  10. Trim guide

HANGING PREPARATION

Your Paste the Wall Wallpaper arrives in a roll and is supplied in panels according to the order in which they should be hung. Carefully unpack the panels and lay them out side by side. They should be hung from left to right, and edge to edge. Make sure no panels are missing, that none have any defects or damage, and that the print is correctly aligned across all panels.

It is recommended that two people install the wallpaper. 

It is crucial that the first panel is installed properly before installing the following panels. To make sure the first panel is hung straight, you can draw straight vertical markings one panel width (62 cm) in from the left corner using a spirit level, a measuring tool, and a pencil. Use the markings as a guide when hanging the first panel. Markings should be as faint as possible in order to avoid showing through the wallpaper.

APPLY THE PASTE DIRECTLY TO THE WALL OR TO THE PAPER ITSELF 

Using a roller or a brush, apply an even layer of paste to the wall, covering approximately a whole panel area in width and height with paste—an unpasted spot will create a blister under the wallpaper.

If applying to the paper, book the paper immediately after to keep the paste moist and allow the paper to expand. See “booking the paper” instructions below.

Please note that if you are applying paste directly to the wall you can skip the ‘booking paper’ instructions and go straight to applying the paper to the walls (we all love a short-cut, right?)

HOW MUCH PASTE SHOULD I USE?

To determine if you have applied enough wallpaper paste, you can draw on the wall with your finger. If you can draw a pattern in the paste using your finger, then you know that you have enough.

BOOKING THE PAPER

Before hanging the paper, it is necessary to “book” the paper to prevent it from expanding on the wall, which can cause bubbles and wrinkles. In the process of “booking,” the paper is folded over on itself, paste-to-paste, to allow it to relax for several minutes before it is applied to the wall. You should book the paper as soon as the paste has been applied. By doing so, the paper can fully expand, relaxing its curl.

Using the diagram below, paste the paper thoroughly, then gently fold the top and bottom pasted sides together, to meet in the middle. Avoid creasing the paper as this can cause cracks in the print. After a panel of paper is booked, allow it to rest for at least 3–5 minutes before hanging.

Wallpaper - How to install our Paste-the-Wall Wallpaper (Spoiler alert... it's easier than you think!)

Helpful tip: A flat surface and bright overhead lighting will come in handy! If any dry spots do appear in the light, you can use this setup to verify that the entire length of paper is covered in paste. Consider using a flashlight or even your cell phone. Most often, you will find the edges of the paper to be unsaturated. When you notice these spots, wet them!

Wallpaper - How to install our Paste-the-Wall Wallpaper (Spoiler alert... it's easier than you think!)

START HANGING

Once the first panel of wallpaper is properly booked for 3–5 minutes, pick it up and unfold just the top half of the paper. If you have applied the paste to the wall it might be helpful to fold the paper in the same booked manner to ensure that it’s easy to handle and doesn’t get any creases as you press it onto the wall.

INSTALLING THE FIRST PANEL

Start from the top left corner and begin installing in a straight vertical line. Make sure the left-hand edge aligns with your vertical line. Use your pencil markings to the right of the paper as a guide. 

If your ceiling edge is not perfectly straight, start about 2.5 cm above the ceiling line and then trim the paper once dry—making sure the edge is straight and even on the wall. Ask your friend to step back and check that the panel is straight and level. If you are installing in the corner, that edge may help, too. 

Once the paper is in position, unfold the bottom half of the panel to install onto the wall. Smooth the paper downward with a damp sponge or a wallpaper smoothing tool. Make sure to remove air bubbles as you go by lightly pressing and moving to the edge of the paper.

ADDITIONAL PANELS

Apply the second and subsequent panels, ensuring the pattern or image matches up as you go and that the appropriate amount of paper runs over the top and bottom edges. Our panels are applied edge to edge, so each panel butts up to the next on the wall. The panels should not overlap.

Make sure to press the panels together firmly at the seams—use a seam roller for the best results. Avoid getting wallpaper paste on the front of the mural as this will show when it dries. Note: Avoid hard creases as this may cause cracks in the print.

Wallpaper - How to install our Paste-the-Wall Wallpaper (Spoiler alert... it's easier than you think!)

If there are any bubbles or wrinkles, you can lightly press or smooth them out, or just peel back that area and re-apply. 

Please note: Pressing too hard will not damage the wallpaper; however, it may cause your hands to gather ink, and could transfer from your hands onto another surface.

TRIM BOTTOM, TOP, AND SIDE

Once all the panels have been hung, carefully trim the top and bottom of your panels plus the far right sides, using a trim guide and a sharp utility knife.

Don’t rush, and make sure you have a sharp blade to achieve the best results.

HOW TO REMOVE

Moisten the wallpaper, wait for a few minutes, then scrape it gently. You can also consult a specialist to get professional advice.


RECOMMENDED GLUES

It is recommended to use a pre-mixed adhesive. Below are recommended brands of adhesives for non-woven wallpapers. Find them in your local DIY hardware stores:

North America / United States

  • Henkel Solvite Ready-mixed wallpaper adhesive
  • Roman – PRO 880 Ultra Clear wallpaper adhesive
  • Zinsser SureGrip

North America / Canada

  • Henkel Solvite Ready-mixed wallpaper adhesive
  • Roman – PRO 880 Ultra Clear wallpaper adhesive
  • Zinsser SureGrip

Australia

  • Superfresco Easy Ready Mixed paste
  • Bartoline Easipaste p11
  • Roman – PRO 880 Ultra Clear wallpaper adhesive

United Kingdom

  • Henkel Solvite Ready-mixed wallpaper adhesive
  • Wickes Ready-mixed wallpaper adhesive

Germany

  • Henkel Metylan Vlies Fertigkleister
  • UHU Tapetenkleister Fix & Fertig

Benelux

  • Henkel Perfax Ready & Roll Vlies

France

  • Henkel Metylan Ready-mixed wallpaper adhesive
  • Quelyd Ready-mixed wallpaper adhesive

Denmark/Sweden/Norway

  • Bostik wallpaper adhesive non-woven
  • Casco wallpaper adhesive non-woven

with love + blooms

mimi