It is not needed to say that, wallpaper is an excellent way to add a class of elegance and finesse to a home. You can experience a decorative touch with having the wallpaper in your home. But, you need to remember a point that, wallpaper can as well as age and become less attractive. Changing the wallpaper is not that difficult, yes, you simply need to go behind the following tips to do it with comfort.
- Before Removing the Existing Wallpaper
If your wallpaper is aged and starting to yellow or break, then it is the time to change your wallpaper. When it is about changing the wallpaper in your home, you first need to remove the existing wallpaper.
- Ahead removing the existing wallpaper, you need to determine what kind of wall you are dealing with.
- Yes, the type of wall will create a bigger impact on removing the old wallpaper.
- If your home is more than 50 years old, then you are dealing with the plaster walls. When removing wallpaper on these types of walls, you can use more water.
- If your house is less than 50 years old, then you are dealing with the drywall. When removing wallpaper on the drywall, you should not use an excessive amount of water as it could damage the wall.
- Removing the Existing Wallpaper
You can begin removing the old wallpaper. If your existing wallpaper is somewhat new, then the putty knife is enough to remove the wallpaper. You can check this by starting to remove the wallpaper on the corner without using the water.
- If your wallpaper peels off easily, then it is dry stripable and you can little by little pry off the wallpaper wholly.
- If your wallpaper is not drying stripable, then you need to use the water to loosen the glue. Once the glue is loosened, you can easily peel off the wallpaper.
- You can use as much water as possible until you completely remove the wallpaper.
- Before You Hang the New Wallpaper
Once you have removed the existing wallpaper, you need to let the wall to be dried.
- Before you are going to hang the new wallpaper, you need to make sure that the walls are completely smooth.
- The wall needs to be completely smooth, so that, your new wallpaper will be stuck firmly onto your wall, so you need to check out for any glue or debris that may be stuck on the wall.
- If you find any breaks on your wall, you need to fill up the spaces with the joint compound.
- Once you have done your repairs, you need to smooth the wall with the smoothing agent or sander.
- If it is needed to be, you can apply the primer to allow your wallpaper to completely stick to your wall.
- Now, dry the wall before applying the new wallpaper.
- You can remove the plain white edges of the wallpaper by trimming it off from the wall.
- Mix the Wallpaper Paste
Now, you need to mix the wallpaper paste. Not all the wallpaper pastes are equally created, so you need to follow the designers’ instructions to mix the wallpaper paste.
- Some wallpaper pastes arrive in ready to use condition.
- When you are all set to paste your wallpaper, you can start at the corner or near the doorway. If you start at the corner and proceed step by step, the breaks in the wallpaper will be less noticeable.
- Now, you need to draw the straight line on your wall from the height of your wall to the bottom of your wallpaper. You can draw the straight line using the carpenter’s scale to ensure the line is straight.
- It is better to cut your second strip of the wallpaper ahead you hang the first strip of your wallpaper onto the wall.
- Applying Glue to the Wallpaper
You do not need to apply any glue on the wall. Just need to apply glue on the back side of the wallpaper.
- You should not apply excess glue or less amount of glue. Try to apply the right and needed specs of wallpaper paste.
- You need to paste the wallpaper strip by strip, so that, you can able to smooth the wallpaper if you notice any bumps on it.
- No matter, either your wallpaper is small or large, but you need to apply the paste on the wallpaper strip by strip.
You should not bring your new wallpaper to your workspace until you have completely removed your old wallpaper. If you do bring new wallpaper to your workspace, your wallpaper may get damaged with the water used to remove the old wallpaper.