Need to tear down that old, peeling, yellowing wallpaper? Considering repapering a room?
Ugh. Just the thought of taking on a wallpapering project is enough to have you wondering if you’re a glutton for punishment. Wallpapering a room, especially if you have to remove old deteriorating paper first conjures up nightmares of uneven patterns, paste in your hair, and vanishing weekends.
Let’s face it, most of us are not professional contractors, so, as with most home repair/remodel projects the more time you put into preparation the greater the chances your project will go smoothly with little to no headaches. That means the first thing on your supplies list is Patience with a capitol “P,” and with wallpapering, the second item on your list is, like it or not, Time, yes with a capitol “T.” Be realistic with how long your project may take. Anything worth doing is worth doing right. Take your time. Be patient. Sound like something your parents used to say?
When removing old wallpaper the trick is in using a perforator so when you apply your glue dissolving solution the solution can penetrate the paper and do its job. You have to allow the solution sufficient time to work its way in before you start pulling the paper down. This is the part where I stress the first item on your supply list again. You have to be patient with this process. The old paper may come down easily in large strips. Then again, you may have to use your scraper to do some additional coaxing. Be patient. You don’t want to scar the wall underneath and turn your wallpaper job into something bigger and more time consuming.
Once your surface is prepared, and that means the wall is not only dry but dust free, you are ready to start papering. Make sure you have all the supplies you need using this project list, then watch this video on great tips for cutting proper lengths of paper and hanging the wallpaper.
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