Over the years we have carried out 100s if not 1000s of wallpapering projects each one different in shapeand size, curves and feature, all playing a part in tackling those difficult angles that if done correctly, will give you that professional decorative ,sleek look.
all in all, if you stick to the traditional methods of decorating and a few professional tips and tricks from this article, your new wallpaper/mural/wallcovering will be looking sharp,neat, and professional in no time at all, but remember…. patients and preparation will be key ….
Prepare your surfaces with the right tools and materials for the job, why not write a small check list of items you will need this will save the stress later on of popping out for, sandpaper, blades, filler, paste ect failing to prepare is preparing to fail.If you are for instance carrying out a project were the walls are in good condition i.e. and existing previously painted plastered wall and you would like to revamp its drab colours with a nice new feature wall to give the room some character, than the preparation should be minimal i.e. rub down the walls fill any cracks and hole, set out your wallpaper drops, number them in order this can be done on the back of the paper or you can draw in pencil on the walls, then prepare a vertical straight edge eitherwith a plumb line, laser level, or traditional builders spirit level. This must be don’t correct as this is were your first drop of wallpaper will be hung up so willbe the bench mark for the rest of the wallpaper drops you hang, take your time and get this right and you will reap the rewards later on in the project.
When setting out try to make the most out of the paper so you don’t have hard slivers of wallpaper to cut behind doors that are difficult and finicky, sometimes this can’t be helped and is just part and parcel of our trade, however looking at each individual pattern and making sure it fits the wall is another top tip to factor in when carrying out your wallpapering project.
I would next recommend sizing the wall/walls, the cheapest way of doing this is once the walls are prepped just paste the walls with your wallpapering paste, this will insure good adhesion when sticking your wallpaper to the walls, giving a good lasting, sound surface for your new wallpaper or lining paper to stick to, the last thing you want is your nice new and probably expensive wallpaper dropping down on your head just as your about to stand back and admire your handy work…
My next top tip would be buy sharp snap off blades, are always at hand to provide these items. Take it from a tradesman that does this job day in, and day out, spend a few extra pennies on your materials and tools, this will make your job a lot easier and stress free, plus your looking for that professional look, and talking as a professional painter and decorator Essex myself I would highly recommend quality snap of blades, this will insure that when you cut through your wallpaper it will leave a sharp, neat edge at the top of the skirtings and the bottom of your coving or top edge of your wall giving you the professional look.
When smoothing and trimming your drops be gentlebut insure you smooth out any bubbles or edges that are not stuck down properly making sure you even the paste out, working left to right, always having a wet cloth and a bucket of water at hand, wiping any excess paste that gets onto the edges of the paper. This comes with practice and over time you willperfect your craft. Always push your overlaps tight into the corner, top and bottom, then run your vinyl smoother across the skirting and top wall line with the knife insuring you re – snap your blade every 2 to 3 drops depending on the thickness of your wallpaper, running a straight line with the vinyl smoother and blade also takes practice but leaves a much plusher sharper line then a pair of scissorscould ever achieve, I’m sure some time served painters would argue this point out… however trust me it works and looks very good.
Cutting around Sockets
Now this is where your scissors come into play, as you come up to an architrave piece of skirting board or plug socket you will need to make a small incisionwith your pencil, find the edge of what your cuttingaround and mark each corner with your pencil, now with your scissors cut from the middle a cross pattern to all four edges of the socket if this is the edge of a door frame or skirting board try taking off as much excess paper as possible till you have only a small overlap section of wallpaper to trim off. Back to the socket… Once you have cut your cross within the socket itself you can gently use your vinyl smoother to push the paper closer to the edges of the socket and in no time at all you will have four triangular shapes to trim off around the socket. Trim the edges, wipe the socket with a dry cloth and hay presto one very neatly looking finished socket.
Your now officially up and running, your wallpaper should be looking top notch by now or perhaps you are just browsing and are wanting to find out more…
why not check out our check list below before you get started with your wallpapering project.
-Plumb Bob or Laser Level
-Bucket & Sponge
-Teabags & Milk
Your now ready to tackle your wallpapering gripes with the mindset of a professional painter and decorators’ mentality.
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