Friday, 20 January 2012

Wallpapering How To....

Hanging wallpaper looks a lot harder than it actually is. If it is your first time wallpapering it is best to start off with a plain block colour paper or something with a dense pattern like a stripe with will be easy to line up and once you have mastered the basics you will be able to move on to other more complicated patterns. And as a beginner do expect to make some mistakes but if you stick to a simple design they should be easily fixed.

Choosing the right paper for your room.

Standard patterned wallpaper is ideal for most wall surfaces. Blown vinyl wallpaper has a relief pattern, which makes it suitable for uneven wall surfaces and vinyl paper can be wiped with a damp cloth, so it is good for kitchens and bathrooms. 

When buying your chosen wallpaper make sure the rolls all have the same batch numbers for colour and pattern consistency.

How many roll will you need?

The average wallpaper is 10 meters in length and 53 cm in width so if you measure around your room including in windows and doors which allows for wastage when you cut the paper and if you have chosen to go with a patterned wallpaper then add on some extra for lining up the pattern.

Distance Around The Room
Wall Height 2.3-2.6 meters
Wall Height 2.6-2.7 meters
10 meters
5 rolls
6 rolls
12 meters
6 rolls
7 rolls
14 meters
7 rolls
8 rolls
16 meters
8 rolls
9 rolls
18 meters
9 rolls
10 rolls
20 meters
10 rolls
11 rolls

Preparing the room.

 To start of you need to prepare the walls like you would if you were going to paint them by striping any old wallpaper off the wall and filling any cracks and then you need to give them a wash with mild soap to get rid of any dust from doing any of this.

If you are wallpapering on to a newly plastered surface or any dry powdery walls or ceilings you will have to paint on a primer to create a perfect wallpapering surface.

Where to start and end.

You should start on a wall that has neither a window or a door so you can get the hang of doing this before you start doing windows and doors.
If you are right handed start on the wall right of a window wall and left if you are left handed and work away from the window.

Hanging your wallpaper.

Before you start using your plumb line draw a line from the ceiling to the skirting board 48 cm away from the corner this will allow a 5 cm overlap on the window wall if you are using a standard width wallpaper(53cm). If your wallpaper has a different width adjust the measurement so that you still have a 5cm overlap.

Make sure you cut the piece of wallpaper 10cm longer than the wall as you will be trimming it down on the wall.

To start with take the pasted paper and place it to the left of the line you drew and still holding the paper and  start unrolling it at least 5cm onto the ceiling and fold it so you know where to cut and and do this at the skirting board.

Pull the paper away from the wall and cut it along the creases and brush the corners into place.

Once the paper is positioned you can start to smooth the paper down which you do with the paper hanging brush working from the middle of the paper working outwards to the edges.
Make sure there are no bubbles and that the paper stays on the line you drew.

With the next piece do the same don't over lap the two pieces just butt the second piece up against the first and when you have finished run the seam roller lightly down the joint. If you are working with a pattern make sure your pattern lines up before cutting it.

If you get any paste on the wallpaper while you are working wipe it of as soon as you see it with a damp sponge.

Wallpapering a corner.

Beginners at wallpapering are tempted to run the wallpaper to the end of the wall, crease it, continue past the corner onto the next wall, and then hang the next strip alongside it. 
Wallpaper hung around a corner doesn't stick well and usually begins to pull away from the wall before long which nobody wants.

So the right way to do it is this way where it is more durable and will last longer.

Cut the paper so that only 3 cm extends beyond the corner. Paste and hang the paper, then trim it again with a single-edge blade, leaving just 1 cm of paper beyond the corner and with the next piece of paper overlap this 1cm and use the seam roller lightly over this overlap area.

Wallpapering round plugs and light switches.

First before you start putting the wet paste next to the electricity make sure you turn off your electricity.

With sockets and switches you first paper over them lightly and brush over them lightly so you can see the outline with out ripping the paper and with a pencil make small marks at the corners of the switch/socket and  then a small hole in the middle, using small scissors cut in diagonals towards the corners to create flaps.
Trim the flaps so there is still 1/2cm left , unscrew the socket/switch and lift it slightly away from the wall and using the brush smooth the flaps under the switch/socket place the socket/switch back down and screw it back into place, don't turn your electricity back on until the paste is dry.

Wallpapering Tools...

If you are planing on wallpapering then this list should help you figure out what you already have and what you will need to get your decorating underway.

Sponge (

Wallpaper Smother (

Hanging Brush (

Paste Brush (

Seam Roller (

Cutting Guide (

Plumb Bob (

Wallpaper Trough (

Cutter (

Level (

Tape Measure (


How to make a Sleepmask

Sleepmasks are great if you are a light sensitive especially if you go to bed early and your partner still has the light on so you can still get your sleep. 

What you will need to make your sleepmask.
Quilt batting or Wadding

How to make the sleepmask 

First off you need to make a template with your paper this is easy enough just draw a small fat sausage and then take out a triangle in the middle where your nose would go and cut your pattern out and try it aginst your face for fit and adjust if needed. 

Now using your pattern you can cut out the shape from your fabric and wadding with a 1/4 inch extra for seam allowance and cut a piece of elastic that will fit round your head.

With place your two pieces of fabric with the side you would like to show facing each other and slot one side of the elastic in between with the longest part inside the fabric then place the batting/wadding on top of the pieces of fabric and pin all of the pieces together.

Sew your sleepmask together this way but leave a gap big enough for you to pull it inside out again ( I would do this where you want the other side of the elastic to go so it can be attached) once you have sewn around most of it you can clip the extra fabric so that the curves turn out better when it is the right way round.

Once it is pulled out the right way you can fold in the remainder of the fabric and elastic pin it and sew it closed.

And now it is ready to be worn to bed.

If you would like to be more creative with your mask and add ears like a cat or embroidery this can all be done be for you pin the fabric together, you can embroider or do a bit of applique before just make sure you  don't go over into the seam allowance or your hard work won't be seen and as for adding ears to make your mask in to an animal cut out the ears and place them in-between your fabric with the ears facing inwards so they are visible when you turn it right side out.   

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