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How to prepare your walls before hanging Wallpaper?

By Antara Chatterjee In Home & Lifestyle Posted On July 05,2019 0 Comments

Wallpapers are the easiest and quickest way to carry out a home renovation. Their interesting visual patterns can completely change the look of any space they are used in. Wallpaper designs for walls are easy to install – just cut and paste them on the walls.

But before applying wallpaper, you need to make some preparations.

1. Move Furniture

To wallpaper a room, you need ample of space. You will need a working area for your pasting table and to lay out and match your wallpaper before hanging it. Just make sure that anything that is physically in your way must be removed. If you are planning to wallpaper only one side of the wall, it is advised to move all of the furniture to the other end of the room.

2. Remove Fixtures

Any fixtures that are attached to your walls shall have to go. Before putting up any new wallpaper designs for walls, you must remove things like light switches, power outlets, shelves, curtain rod holders, and even wall lights. Cutting the wallpaper exactly around the shape of these items is a true hassle, thus, it removing any wall fixtures just makes the wallpapering job easier. But of course, home owners must use their own discretion. For example, remove the toilet paper holder and towel rack in a bathroom. But if there is a cabinet where you keep all your toiletries and which will never be moved from its spot, then you may not remove it. Work the wallpaper around it. On the other hand, if there are cabinets which you may move from the wall in future, it is better to wallpaper that space then.

3. Prepare Walls

If you have used wallpaper on your walls before, the ideal thing would be to remove the old wallpaper before applying new wallpaper. If your old wallpaper is glossy, then you can apply the new wallpaper over it as long as you prime it first. If your old wallpaper is peeling off, remove as much of it as you can. Then, hang a wallpaper liner and then apply the new wallpaper over it.

If your walls are fresh and bare, a primer is absolutely necessary before you put up new wallpaper designs for walls. Walls with plaster can be porous, so they will absorb too much of the adhesive and the wallpaper will not stick properly, making it likely to just peel from the wall. So, using a primer is a must.

4. Repair Walls

When old wallpaper is removed after a long period, there might be damages, discolorations and other imperfections on the walls. Sometimes, the walls can even get damaged in the process of wallpaper removal. Before you put up new wallpaper, repair your walls. Fill up any holes or cracks with spackling, and sand down little bumps with some sandpaper. Wipe down the walls with a damp cloth after the sanding is done. This ensures the walls have no dust left behind, which can prevent wallpaper from being stuck properly. Make sure the walls are completely dry as moisture trapped below wallpaper can turn into mold.

Once the walls are dry, you are ready to hang wallpaper on the walls!

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