New parents often have a lot of questions about how to design and style their nurseries. One of the simplest ways to transform a room is by using wallpaper! Although it may seem daunting, applying wallpaper is actually quite easy! Here are a few tips to help you get started.
Decide on the Design of Your Wallpaper
There are many different patterns and colors to choose from, so take your time in selecting the perfect one for your home. With careful consideration, you can choose a design that blends in perfectly with the rest of your decor and is also just as eye-catching as you want it to be. From floral prints to playful watercolor designs, there’s something for everyone so don’t be afraid to experiment! Ultimately, choosing what appeals to your taste will help you find the perfect wallpaper design that can bring warmth and character into your home. If you’re unsure, start by brainstorming a theme or looking to Instagram or Pinterest for some inspiration!
Measure the Wall or Walls you Plan on Covering
This will give you an idea of how much wallpaper you’ll need to purchase. Measuring the walls for wallpaper is an important step and you should always get the measurements right before you start shopping for wallpaper. Use a tape measure and record the measurements of each wall, such as the height and width. Make sure that you also add several inches in length to account for any waste due to pattern matching, or additional shrinkage of strips in pasting them to the wall. By taking accurate measurements, you’ll be able to purchase just enough wallpaper and prevent wastage or shortages when starting on your project.
Purchase the Necessary Amount of Wallpaper and Supplies
Wallpapering can be a big task, but making sure you have all the necessary supplies before you start will make things run smoothly. Make sure you have the correct tools needed for the job:
- Wallpaper (have a little extra on hand to be safe)
- Wallpaper paste
- Paste brush or roller
- Knife or snap-off blade
- Sponge bucket + water
- Smoothing brush or plastic smoother
- Tape measure
- Putty knife or straight edge
- Tarp or drop cloth
You’ll want to wear clothes that you’re okay with getting a little dirty and make sure you have proper floor protection, especially if you have carpeting. If you plan on working on some higher areas, make sure you have a proper size ladder. Last but not least, a helping hand is always preferred! Wallpapering your kid’s room can be a fun and exciting experience to share with friends or family! Once you have your materials ready, it’s time to get started!
Measure Out Your Wallpaper and Line it Up
Before you start, make sure your room is prepped and your wallpaper is laid out. If you are using a wallpaper that needs to be lined up with the other pieces, it is easiest to measure the length you are trying to cover and cup the wallpaper in strips of that length. Make sure that you line them up on the floor and have enough to cover the wall.
Begin by Prepping your Wall Surface
Preparing the wall surface before applying any adhesive is a crucial step in ensuring a successful paste-up. Make sure to follow the instructions on the adhesive container closely, as this will help lay a good foundation for your project. Generally, the prep work starts with sanding the wall lightly and then wiping it clean with a damp cloth. If you want to achieve optimal results, it’s best to give the wall a second wipe after allowing some time for it to dry – that way, you’ll be able to get rid of any dust particles or residue left behind after sanding. A smooth, even surface is key for obtaining a clear finish with no bubbles or bumps. So take your time prepping before proceeding with your adhesive application!
Apply Adhesive to the Wallpaper Using a Brush or Roller.
Applying adhesive to the back of wallpaper is not difficult, but it is important to do it correctly for long-lasting results. Make sure you use a brush or roller to evenly distribute the adhesive across the entire strip of wallpaper. Start at one end and work your way to the other, making sure it is well covered. Additionally, let the adhesive dry according to product instructions before hanging your wallpaper – this will ensure that everything looks great in the finished project!
Hang Your Wallpaper
When you’re ready to begin hanging wallpaper, it’s important to choose the starting edge that looks best for your design scheme. This could be the top or bottom of a wall – whichever looks better with your chosen pattern. Once you’ve made your selection, tape the ends of strips to adjacent walls and use a brush or smoothing tool to press the wallpaper against the wall firmly. If stuck correctly and smoothed down, this will help prevent bubbles and wrinkles as you progress in hanging wallpaper around the room. All that’s left is to repeat until happy with your design layout!
Now that you know how to wallpaper a room, all that’s left is for you to get started. Choose your favorite design, gather the necessary materials, and follow the simple steps outlined above. Before you know it, your walls will be transformed with a beautiful new wallpaper!