Navigating Obstacles: Wallpaper Installation Around Outlets and Shelves

Installing wallpaper can be a smooth process, even when encountering outlets, shelves, and other wall fixtures. The key lies in careful planning and precise execution. In this blog post, we'll guide you through the steps to ensure your wallpaper installation looks professional, even around the trickiest obstacles.

1. Preparing the Area
Before starting, ensure the power is off for any electrical outlets. Remove wall fixtures like shelves, and cover outlets and switches with painter's tape for protection. Cleaning the wall around these areas is crucial for the wallpaper to adhere properly.

2. Measuring and Cutting
Measure the wallpaper to cover the area, ensuring extra allowance for adjustments. When approaching an outlet or shelf bracket area, gently place the wallpaper over it, marking the corners of the fixture on the wallpaper. Cut a hole slightly smaller than the marked area for a snug fit.

3. Applying Around Outlets
Carefully apply the wallpaper up to the edge of the outlet or shelf bracket. Use a utility knife to trim any excess material, ensuring a clean fit. For outlets, make diagonal cuts from the center of the previously cut hole to each corner, then smooth the flaps against the outlet box.

4. Reinstalling Fixtures
Once the wallpaper is in place and smoothed out, carefully cut away any excess material around the fixtures. Reattach outlet covers and shelf brackets. The wallpaper should fit seamlessly around these fixtures, maintaining the pattern flow and alignment.

5. Finishing Touches
Inspect your work for any air bubbles or misalignments, especially around the fixtures. Use a wallpaper smoother to gently work out any imperfections. This attention to detail will ensure your wallpaper looks impeccable, even in the most challenging spots.

Installing wallpaper around outlets, shelves, and other fixtures doesn't have to be daunting. With the right preparation, precise measuring, and careful application, you can achieve a professional-looking finish. Remember, patience and attention to detail are your best tools in this process.
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