How to Install Traditional Wallpaper


Step 1: Prepare Your Walls Ensure your wall is the perfect foundation: clean, dry, and smooth. If needed, apply a wallpaper liner and primer for a flawless finish. Remove old coverings, fill holes, and sand bumps. Consider using Shieldz Universal Wallcovering Primer for better installation and removal. Remember, don't apply to freshly painted walls—let the paint dry for at least 4 weeks.

Step 2: Gather Your Tools Assemble your arsenal for success: Wallpaper, Wallpaper paste (like Roman PRO-880), Measuring tape, Scissors, Drop cloth, Sponge, Bucket, Straightedge, Pencil, Level, Craft knife with extra blades, Paint roller and tray, Smoothing tool, Step ladder, Apron or clothing with pockets.

Step 3: Cut and Measure Strips Measure the height of the wall and cut wallpaper strips accordingly, allowing an extra inch or two for trimming. Pay attention to pattern placement. Be mindful of the first strip's cut, considering the pattern's position at the top of the wall. Inspect each roll for defects before starting.

Step 4: Mark Your Starting Point Measure the width of the wallpaper roll and mark, using a plumb line to create a vertical guideline. Position it from the corner, allowing an inch for trimming.

Step 5: Apply the Paste Evenly apply paste to the pre-cut strip, ensuring full coverage along the length and width.  

Step 6: Book the Wallpaper Fold the pasted strip, top and bottom edges meeting in the middle. Fold it up like a newspaper for 5-7 minutes, allowing the paste to absorb and the paper to expand.

Step 7: Position and Smooth Align the first strip with the plumb line, leaving room for trimming. Use a wallpaper brush or smoothing tool to gently adhere it to the wall from top to bottom and middle to edges.

Step 8: Trim Edges Carefully trim excess wallpaper using a straightedge and craft knife. Ensure a sharp blade to avoid tearing.

Step 9: Apply Remaining Strips Match patterns and butt seams tightly together without overlapping. Smooth out air bubbles, wipe with warm water and a sponge, and inspect for defects after hanging two strips.

Step 10: Post-Application Care Maintain your wallpapered space by wiping off any shiny marks with a damp, soft cloth. Our wallpapers are washable with mild detergent and a damp sponge. Keep in mind that while suitable for many areas, high-humidity spaces may require extra care and attention.

Congratulations, you've successfully transformed your space into a work of art!