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How difficult is it to wallpaper?

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Evening all. Really, REALLY am loving some of these wallpapers that are around these days and would love to do one wall in my living room with some and then paint the other 3 walls to match - just … Read More
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8y, 2m agoPosted 8 years, 2 months ago
Evening all.

Really, REALLY am loving some of these wallpapers that are around these days and would love to do one wall in my living room with some and then paint the other 3 walls to match - just wondering how difficult it is?

The walls are new, not at all bumpy or anything.

What tools will I NEED? Wanting to do it as cheaply as possible if I have a go.

Is it a 1 person job?

And, as I am in a new build with NO features whatsoever, would it be cool to have the 'accent' wall as the wall that has a french doors and window? (It will also be more difficult with that wall as I will be having to work round corners and stuff). It's either that wall or the TV LOL!

Appreciate any advice - thanks all
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8y, 2m agoPosted 8 years, 2 months ago
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banned 1 Like #1
depends on the pattern as to how difficult , yes its a 1 man job if you have a basic knowledge , you will need wallpaper , paste , a pasting brush , a pasting table , a seam roller and a sponge
#2
get that cutter from jml looks good
#3
It's ok once you get the hang of it. If you have flat walls and a pattern thats easy to match you should be able to manage it no problem.
#4
fragaliciousbob
depends on the pattern as to how difficult , yes its a 1 man job if you have a basic knowledge , you will need wallpaper , paste , a pasting brush , a pasting table , a seam roller and a sponge

Oh my gosh, whats a seam roller? And the sponge - is that for smoothing with?
Can I get any without a pasting table or not?

brawlzzz
get that cutter from jml looks good

Was ideally hoping to get away with a Stanley knife! :giggle:
1 Like #5
it's really easy, especially as you have smooth walls. you'll need a pasting table, some paste ,a bucket, pasting brush, good pair of scissors and a plumb line ( to find your first straight line). i do it myself and measure the first strip, cut the other strips using this one as a guide then paste then stick and smooth down. hope this helps:) i just use a soft cloth to smooth down
1 Like #6
ooooh you are brave, it not too bad a job if you have plain or small patterned stuff but if you want something with a bigger pattern then you may struggle. A good pair of scissors, a plumb bob or good level, large paste brush, clean rag, pencil and a sharp craft knife should do it

If you can get ready pasted it will make it easier and I would suggest you buy an extra roll for practice! good luck :thumbsup:
#7
brawlzzz
get that cutter from jml looks good


tried one of them and it soon blunts and starts dragging bits off
banned#8
sponge is for smoothing out all the air and to apply the paper top the wall the seam roller if for the seams or the jointys ot the paper
#9
Painter and decorater? Obviously depends on your money status. But 1 wall shouldnt be 2 much and most of em usually do a cracking job =D
#10
I thought I had to stick the paper on the wall with a bit extra each end and then stanley knife the top and bottom :?

And what's this ready pasted stuff, please?
1 Like #11
mums a designer but her phone is off lol...from what i can remember from helping out (im not really a fan of decorating) you need a pasting table, brush, some wallpaper paste, a trimming knife (to trim wallpaper to size if it is too wide once pasted onto the wall or if cutting around a window), and if your a proper wallpapering noob, a seam roller to smooth out the seams between pieces of wallpaper and also to smooth out air pockets etc (my mum just runs it flat by hand) I reccomend asking about it at wherever you go to buy tools, as it can be frustrating applying paste, if you apply too much then the wallpaper will fall off the wall due to the weight of the excess paste. If you put too little on it will fall off due to not sticking lol. Hope this helps
#12
Bigpoppaad
Painter and decorater? Obviously depends on your money status. But 1 wall shouldnt be 2 much and most of em usually do a cracking job =D


I am painting the whole house myself bit by bit so wouldn't want the expense of paying a decorater to paper one wall in one room, will just do the living room with paint if I am not feeling brave enough :-D
#13
id say paint the wall heehee i did 1 wall with a large patterned paper it had just been skimmed and wht a mess it was i was stressed to death never again ha but then my friend who also hadnt done it before did hers and its lovely so just depends on you if it all goes wrong u can always steam it off and paint haha good luck :)
#14
manchesterjim
mums a designer but her phone is off lol...from what i can remember from helping out (im not really a fan of decorating) you need a pasting table, brush, some wallpaper paste, a trimming knife (to trim wallpaper to size if it is too wide once pasted onto the wall or if cutting around a window, and if your a proper wallpapering noob, a seam roller to smooth out the seams between pieces of wallpaper and also to smooth out air pockets etc (my mum just runs it flat by hand) I reccomend asking about it at wherever you go to buy tools, as it can be frustrating applying paste, if you apply too much then the wallpaper will fall off the wall due to the weight of the excess paste. If you put too little on it will fall off due to not sticking lol. Hope this helps


Ooh, dunno now - I didn't know there was an exact science to it!

So, whats this ready pasted stuff? :p
#15
Buy the cheapest lined paper you can get and practise!
#16
Mrs.Z
Ooh, dunno now - I didn't know there was an exact science to it!

So, whats this ready pasted stuff? :p


its not really an exact science lol...just requires an even coat of paste..with practice its no hassle.You can easily pull it down if it doesnt work out..buy a cheap roll to practice on first til you get the idea. not sure about that ready pasted stuff never heard of it..sounds like too easy a way out and will prob end in a poor result. but im not a decorator so not a clue about that
#17
If your unsure why don't you try doing a feature wall of if you have on a chimney breast.
#18
Benson's Bargain
Buy the cheapest lined paper you can get and practise!


yeah like i said get a practice roll. nothing mega cheap tho..the quality might be very different than the roll you intend to use for good...so might be a totally different thing putting each roll up!
banned#19
if you got good walls, stick to painting x
#20
bellabonkers
If your unsure why don't you try doing a feature wall of if you have on a chimney breast.


Well that's the problem - I have no feature walls, no chimney breast - just a wall with 2 doors, 1 wall with a radiator, 1 wall with graden doors and window and the TV wall! Which one am I supposed to use? :? :giggle:
#21
Mrs.Z
Well that's the problem - I have no feature walls, no chimney breast - just a wall with 2 doors, 1 wall with a radiator, 1 wall with graden doors and window and the TV wall! Which one am I supposed to use? :? :giggle:


Yeah I didn't read your op properly, just re read that your in a new build. You might be able to get some books from the library that give you advice. A good wall paper shop should be able to offer advice too
1 Like #22
"How difficult is it to wallpaper?"
It's not hard ,but there is a bit of a knack to it and it's like most things , the more you do , the better you get at it .There is one or two web sites that will give you the basics , you could maybe do a search . I started papering at the age of 14 and never stopped ...............so that's 37 years experience . I only work part time now but love it . Ran my own business for a few years ,packed up and got into PC's .

Preparation is the key .Sand the walls and glue size them .Use polycell or solvite as the paste . Basic tools you will need are :paste bucket ,mixing stick , papering brush , papering table , large scissors ,small scissors ,a few pencils ,a 3m tape ,stanley knife [I use a scalpel], clean cloths ,plumb bob .....
Most english papers are 33ft [11yrds] long and just under 21" wide . Start at one corner and measure 21" from it and mark it with your pencil .Get your plumb line and make a line down the wall , I normally do a series of small lines .
Measure the length of the wall and allow an extra 2" top and bottom . It's funny but most of the walls I do in the north are 8 foot and if theres coving , I cut a length of 92" . Paste the [right ] side and allow to soak [very important , is the soaking ] ,check the label for soak time and while you on , make sure all the batch number's match :-)
Papering ,line up the paper to the drawn line and allow anywhere from a quarter inch to half an inch overlap around the corner , this is to be later trimmed .Using the papering brush , work down the wall expelling the air beneath the paper . Keep an eye on the draw line making sure the edge of the paper follows the line down the wall . I will double check at this point with the plumb line to make sure the paper is verticle . To trim ,using the blunt edge of the scissors run along the the fold between the wall and ceiling an score a faint fold line ,cut with scissors . Do the same at the bottom ............between wall and skirting and in the corner [the overlap] .Next length of paper lines up to the last .You can work in a either direction along walls.
Start off with non matching paper to begin with until you get proficient at it , then tackle papers with matching designs .For a 8 foot high wall ,you'll get 4 lengths of paper to the roll , that's non matching and 3 lengths if it's matching ...............of course depending on the pattern repeat .
Yes ,have ago yourself , it's fun and you'll save a few bob. Try out one wall first with some cheap paper and if it's not good .............rip it off and try again .
#23
just paint it.

Wallpaper is the devil re incarnate. In 1 year when the fashion for one patterned wall has vanished you'll be starting threads moaning about how long it takes, annoying and i'll say it again annoying it is to strip the damn thing.

Wallpaper should be banned. Rant over.

If you do decide to go through with it then it really isn't too difficult and theres bound to be guides on youtube on or google that'll give you a better idea on how to do it.
#24
Thanks everyone, especially Ricko for taking the time to reply - am not 100% sure yet but will post photos of the damage of I go ahead! :p

Will leave some rep now
#25
I tried and failed!

I can paint, and really enjoy it, but papering is an art. The best advice I can offer is to find a good friend who is willing to show and help you. Perhaps exchange/share abilities.

Theory seems sooooooooo simple! A friend helped me paper a room and was so pleased with the result ut will still only tackle it with back up.
#26
ants97
just paint it.

Wallpaper is the devil re incarnate. In 1 year when the fashion for one patterned wall has vanished you'll be starting threads moaning about how long it takes, annoying and i'll say it again annoying it is to strip the damn thing.

Wallpaper should be banned. Rant over.

If you do decide to go through with it then it really isn't too difficult and theres bound to be guides on youtube on or google that'll give you a better idea on how to do it.


+1 on this, don't do it.!!!!!!!!!!!!!
#27
Mrs.Z
Ooh, dunno now - I didn't know there was an exact science to it!

So, whats this ready pasted stuff? :p


Hiya
You can buy paper that has paste already dried onto it so all you do is soak the strip you are hanging in water for five minutes, you then lift it straight out of the water and put it on the wall. No paste brush, bucket or table, used to work a treat for small areas. You cut your lengths and drop the next one in while you cutting and fitting the previous.
I havent bought any for about ten years but I cant believe they dont sell it anymore... just ask :thumbsup:
#28
In any case , the easy bit is the pasting , the hardest part for the beginer is putting it on the wall straight without blebs and crease's or even tears .Taking about the pre-pasted rolls , I've used them years ago but still pasted them the traditional way . It's a gimmick . it doesn't work . I found the paste was sparse and it just did'nt stick to the wall , most of it washes off when you pull the length of paper our of the tray and you have water everywhere . Bad idea.
#29
Thanks again :thumbsup:

Not sure if I have got the guts, to be honest - gonna get on with painting the other rooms first that I have already bought paint for and will decide later
#30
ricko
In any case , the easy bit is the pasting , the hardest part for the beginer is putting it on the wall straight without blebs and crease's or even tears .Taking about the pre-pasted rolls , I've used them years ago but still pasted them the traditional way . It's a gimmick . it doesn't work . I found the paste was sparse and it just did'nt stick to the wall , most of it washes off when you pull the length of paper our of the tray and you have water everywhere . Bad idea.


I have to say I used it many times with no problems, as long as the wall was good and sealed as you would with any wallpaper job I found it worked fine with some good results .... The water trough sits against the wall as you pull the paper out and it drains as you lift...... only thing to watch was that when you put it in the water you moved the paper a bit to make sure water reached all of the paste.. matter of opinion I suppose...:thumbsup:

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