Start with the least noticeable wall, usually the
wall above the doorway that your guests enter the room through.
Measure out from the corner the width of the
paper minus 1/2 inch and mark with a pencil.
at the mark and draw a straight, vertical line (plumb line).
The success of your job depends on having the
first strip straight.
Follow this procedure every time you reach a
corner or start a new wall.
Cut the first strip. Keep an extra 2 inches at
the top and bottom for trimming.
tray 2/3 full with water at room temperature.
Roll the cut strip from bottom to top, paste side
You should not see the pattern.
Submerge the rolled strip into the water tray.
Soak for the amount of time recommended in the
manufacturer's hanging instructions, usually 30 seconds.
Holding the top of the sheet, slowly lift and
unroll the paper onto a work table, making sure the paste is
Fold both ends, paste side in, towards the center
of the strip, this is known as "booking".
You should see the pattern.
Do not crease the folds.
Let the strip rest for the amount of time
recommended in the manufacturer's hanging instructions.
Unfold the top half of the strip and apply to the wall, letting the
excess paper overlap the ceiling and adjoining wall.
Slide the paper into position so it touches the
Using a wallpaper smoothing tool, gently press
the strip against the wall. Be careful not to stretch the wallpaper
Unfold the bottom half and smooth into place.
Smooth the entire strip, working diagonally from
the top down and from the center outward, forcing out any air
Wash off excess paste with a wet sponge and clean
Using the 6" putty knife as a guide, trim the
excess paper along the ceiling and baseboard with a sharp razor
Go slowly and change blades after each strip.
Wash paste off ceiling and baseboards with a wet
sponge and clean water.
Using the same procedures cut and apply the
second strip, matching the pattern to the first strip.
Touch the edges tightly together, but don't
overlap the strips.
Make a new plumb line on each new wall.