If you’re considering wallpapering a room for the first time, our guide will help you get the best results.
The essential kit
- Sturdy wallpapering table
- Enough wallpaper to cover the walls (all with the same batch numbers), plus a spare roll (in case of mistakes)
- 6in or 4in pasting brush
- Pasting roller, 2in brush and paste tray
- Roller extension pole
- Paste bucket and water bucket
- Decorating shears/scissors
- Smoothing blade
- Smoothing brush
- Plumb bob
- Thin-tipped pencil and pencil sharpener
- Decorator’s sponge and cloths
- Snap blade knife (dispose of blades carefully)
- Rubbish bag
- Bucket of warm water for rinsing
- White string (to tie across the bucket to rest your paste brush on)
- Seam roller (for flattening joints in wallpaper)
- Dust sheets
- Tape measure
Did you know?
Wallpaperdirect.com has a useful know-how section with a wallpaper estimator, step-by-step guide to hanging wallpaper, videos and tips.
Ratedpeople.com’s DIY Guides in its Advice and Tips section offers advice for a range of tasks, from papering behind a problem area to papering ceilings.
B&Q has a host of helpful videos at www.youtube.com/bandq. Or, for more hands-on practice, try its You Can Do It workshops (www.diy.com/content/support/services/youcandoit_classes/index.jsp), which include a Hanging & Removing Patterned Wallpaper class. From £10, call 0845 600 5428.
Dulux also has some great videos. Take a look at its practical guides to wallpapering at http://dulux.trade-decorating.co.uk/video/training_wallpapering_practical.jsp and see how to hang feature wallpaper at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w38_jn3mO1E.
Help with interior design
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