One of the best ways to update your interior décor is with wallpaper. It's easy enough to install, but you have to be careful not to damage your freshly painted walls! Here are a few tips for how to apply wallpaper on a newly painted wall.
Don't use too much water when you're cleaning the wall. Water can seep under the seams and loosen the adhesive that holds the wallpaper up. If there is too much moisture beneath it, it can also cause mold or mildew if left unattended.
When choosing wallpaper, look for non-woven paper, which sticks better than regular paper. It may cost more initially but definitely costs less in the long run because it's easier to hang and requires no additional adhesive or paste.
1. How To Install Wallpaper On A Newly Painted Wall
In this article, we will learn how to figure out if a wall is ready for wallpapering and what wallpaper can be installed over a newly painted wall.
When you are decorating a room with peel and stick paper wallpaper it is wise to take into consideration the type of paint that was used for the walls. An oil-based paint makes applying wallpaper difficult because the oil in the paint prevents adhesives from bonding well with the walls.
High-gloss latex paint also creates difficulty as these paints often leave an oily residue on surfaces where they come into contact. If you want to install wallpaper over either of those types of paint, then there are some precautions that need to be taken before you begin your project:
If your walls were painted with oil-based paint, you will need to clean the wall thoroughly before installing wallpaper. How you clean the walls is up to you as long as you make sure that all of the residues from the oil have been removed.
Once the paint and residue are gone, let the walls dry completely. Make sure there is no mold or mildew on your walls because this can cause problems when trying to install wallpaper over them.
Before applying adhesive to a freshly painted wall that was not sealed, be sure that it is completely dry and free of any moisture or humidity (no steam from showers or baths). If this is not done correctly, problems could arise during installation.
2. Roll Out Your Wallpaper Onto A Clean, Flat Surface
The beginning of the room transformation is a great time to pay attention to wallpaper. Roll out your wallpaper onto a clean and flat surface. Then, smooth the paper from its center outward so there are no bubbles or creases in it. If you have prepasted wallpapers, you don't need to add paste again before hanging them on your wall. Pre-pasted papers will work with water alone.
If You Want To Roll Out Non-Pasted Wallpaper:
Are there any bubbles or creases in the wallpaper? If so, remove them by pressing down on them with an object like a spoon handle. Be sure not to rub too hard; you don't want to cause damage to your wallpaper! After pre-treating the back of your wallpaper, put it on a clean and flat surface.
Roll out your stripe wallpaper onto a clean and flat surface. Then, smooth the paper from its center outward so there are no bubbles or creases in it. If you have non-pasted wallpapers, roll them up with the front side facing you so that they don't dry without being smoothed out first. Roll up your non-pasted wallpaper tightly to avoid wrinkling at this stage.
If You Have Pre-Pasted Wallpaper:
Smooth out any wrinkles by hand immediately after unrolling it carefully. Roll out your wallpaper onto a clean and flat surface. Then, smooth the paper from its center outward so there are no bubbles or creases.
3. Read The Instructions On The Back Of Your Wallpaper Carefully
While the majority of wallpaper products come with detailed and thorough instructions on how to apply, we've still heard many concerns from customers who worry they're going to make a mistake and ruin their walls.
We know it can be stressful working out exactly which end of the roller to hold while you work around your room but, if you follow our six top tips, you should find applying wallpaper smooth sailing:
1. Read the instructions on the back of your wallpaper carefully - do not think yourself above such detail! It is easy to get swept up in how excited you are about decorating your home and forget that simply taking your time at this stage will save a lot of hassle later.
2. Measure your wall before choosing a roll. For some reason, we get a lot of calls at the store from customers who've chosen an off-the-shelf pattern and then realized it won't fit their wall. So we suggest you take your time to measure your wall before choosing a design, and if you're not great with numbers our team will be more than happy to help
3. Read the instructions on the back of your wallpaper carefully - did we mention that already? There's nothing worse than having to pull off strips in order to retrace your steps when you realize you applied one past your doorway or window frame. If any specialist advice is given for hanging heavy patterns around light switches, plugs or skirting boards do heed it!