Line a room with background and you have instant decoration. From blah to bold in a matter of hours, newspaper can push boundaries outside what paint can do. It enlivens walls with textures or patterns or both–your pick.

However, as often as homeowners try to hang themselves, they rarely get it right, cursing their peeling seams and mismatched patterns–it’s enough to drive you up a wall. Enter John Gregoras, a pro newspaper hanger from Somers, New York, with almost two years‘ experience. We requested Gregoras to demonstrate some of his best wallpapering tips and tricks for pasting, hanging, aligning, and trimming. And, boy, did we learn a great deal – everything from how he plans the design to how he lines up the last seam. With this kind of insider know-how, papering only got a great deal simpler.

Best Wallpaper Techniques Overview

Layout is the secret if you are learning how to hang wallpaper. Paying attention to the order where the paper goes up guarantees that your pattern will stay well-matched and seem straight. John Gregoras recommends working in 1 direction around the room to keep the pattern consistent.

But no matter how good your strategy, the routine between the first and final strip will seldom match up. For that reason, Gregoras always begins his job behind a doorway, papering from the corner till he reaches the distance over the door– at the least conspicuous spot in the room.

Very often, the final strip of paper onto a wall is not a full sheet. So another wallpapering suggestion Gregoras uses is to constantly paper the corners together with broken sheets.

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Apply Wallpaper Paste

Paint the entire room with a wall primer/sizer.

Unroll the wallpaper. As you do, check for flaws and drag the paper from the edge of your worktable to take away the curl.

Cut the paper into sheets 4 inches more than the height of your walls. Cut in precisely the same region on the replicate so patterns on adjoining sheets will line up.

Lay a cut sheet onto the desk, face down.

Tip: Don’t allow paste to have on the table or it will mar another sheet (wash it off with a barely damp sponge if it will ). Slide the paper all the way into the edge of the table to use paste to the ends and borders.

Book the Paper

Fold the pasted back of this paper on itself, top and bottom ends assembly in the center. Guarantee that the side edges line up perfectly. Smooth the paper onto itself as much as possible without creasing the folds.

Place the paper apart to permit the paste to soak in and also the paper to relax. Be sure to adhere to the precise booking time recommended on the background’s tag, which differs based on its content (more for vinyl-coated wallcoverings, less for uncoated papers).

Align First Strip

Start in a corner near your door. If the door is nowhere near the corner, then draw a reference line parallel to the doorway near the corner.

Overlap about 2 inches at the ceiling and also 1/8 inch at the corner. Gently press it in place.

Check the dimension between the newspaper and the door casing or benchmark line. Fix the paper to keep it parallel to the doorway but still overlapping at ⅛ inch in the corner.

Tuck and Trim the Paper

When the sheet is aligned, use the edge of a newspaper simpler to tuck the paper to the corner at the ceiling. (Don’t press so hard for you to push glue.)

Trim the excess paper at the ceilingPush a 6-inch taping knife into the joint between the ceiling and wall. Using a razor, cut over the knife to cut the surplus. Work slowly. Alternate between moving and cutting the knife. Don’t slide the knife and razor together. Keep on papering to some point above the door.

Continue Papering

On the adjoining wall, then draw a plumb line (if there is no door or window).

Hang a strip in the corner. Overlap the existing piece on the adjacent wall by 1/8 inch. Measure to the plumb line and correct the paper to maintain the distance equal. Smooth the newspaper. Lean in the ceiling and then cut on the corner.

Hang the next strip of newspaper. Unfold the top of the novel and place it on the wall. Match the routine as closely as you can, leaving only a hair’s width between sheets.

Suggestion: Push air bubbles out by sweeping the paper simpler from the middle out to the edges. Wipe off glue on the surface with a sponge.

Close the Seams

Gently press on the surface of the paper into the wall. Then gently roll the seam using a seam roller to sew the borders.

Unfold the bottom of the sheet and then complete matching and shutting the seam. Then tightly roll the entire seam, working a full 3 inches in from the border.

Smooth the entire sheet. Continue papering the room, overlapping and trimming corners as shown in Step 5.

Suggestion: If the reserved end of the strip starts to dry out until you hang it, then wipe the wall with a moist sponge. This may remoisten the paste when you hang on the paper.

Cut in About Moldings

At doors and windows, allow the paper float the molding by an inch.

Gently run the razor from the molding corner outside to the edge of the paper. Utilize the molding for a guide.

Trim the excess paper flap using a taping knife and razor. Smooth down the entire sheet.

Hide small cutting errors on darker papers by bleach the wall or the white edge of the paper using a mark that matches the paper. Some pros even colour all the paper’s edges so seams are not as evident should the newspaper shrink as it dries.

Cover Switch

Paper the cover plates of electric fixtures to make them disappear. Cut a sheet of wallpaper larger than the plate. Cut from the part of the pattern that matches the paper on the wall around the switch.

Apply paste to the plate, then put it face down on the paper. Hold them on the wall and then correct the paper to match the pattern onto the wall.

Hold the paper and then flip the plate face down. Cut the corners off 1/8 inch away from the plate. Wrap the paper above the plate and then tape it on.

Cut out the switch or receptacle holes using a razor. Make Xs at the screw holes. Screw back the plates to the wall.