Installing your wallpaper.
While we offer our own installation services in Cape Town and Johannesburg, we are here to assist when it comes to applying the wallpaper yourself. It doesn’t matter if you are a regular DIY expert or experienced wallpaper hanger, these guidelines outline the basics for wallpaper installations.
From the experts @ Graham and Brown.
Written by James Hughes,
In-house Decorator at Graham & Brown, Images courtesy of Graham and Brown
The majority of our wallpapers including all Graham and Brown designs, are paste the wall wallpaper. This is the easiest way of hanging wallpaper right now which includes the majority of wall murals available from our website.
We like to make things a little easier so we have included a video with step by step instructions to guide you along the way. Try watching this first before reading below.
Step 1: Prepare your wall
- Fill and sand any cracks or imperfections on your wall.
- Clean the wall with detergent or sugar soap.
- On fresh plaster, “size” the wall – this means make up a diluted solution of paste and liberally apply to the walls being decorated and let it dry.
- This will be absorbed into the porous plaster and will stop the paste being absorbed when it is applied.
Step 2: Measure and plan where to start
- Consider the light in the room. If you are wallpapering the whole room start with strong natural light and move away from there, if creating a feature wall this is less relevant.
- The first “drop” of wallpaper is key as all others will align to it, so it is important to ensure it is “plumb” otherwise your wallpaper could look wonky.
- From the left-hand corner of the wall you are about to decorate measure 50cm and make a pencil mark to give you your starting point.
- Using this mark, draw a plumb line using either a plumb-bob or spirit level. A plumb line is a vertical straight line, from which you will hang the first “drop” of wallpaper against and ensure it is hangs straight down.
Step 3: Apply the wallpaper paste
- Apply the paste liberally to the wall, ideally with a roller (it’s quicker). You can paste over the plumb line and make sure you apply paste a couple of centimetres wider than the wallpaper you are about to hang. This means you can hang the second “drop” of wallpaper without worrying about applying paste over the first “drop”.
- Use a 2” paint brush to add paste at the top of the wall, around sockets, or just above the skirting. This will ensure even coverage in difficult areas and avoid the wallpaper “lifting” when dry.
Step 4: Apply the wallpaper to the wall
- The wallpaper can be hung dry from the roll. Use ladders to get to the ceiling or coving, and allow a little extra product, e.g 2-3cm at the top.
- As you hang from the roll lightly brush into place as you go down to the skirting board. Here you can lightly push the paper to the wall. Leave the roll on the floor.
- Ensure that the paper is in the correct position and is vertically correct. Brush down the paper with the smoothing brush from the centre to the edges of the roll.
- Cut the excess paper at the top and bottom with a knife or wallpaper scissors.
Congratulations, You’ve just hung your first piece of wallpaper!
- Working to the right of this first “drop”, paste the wall again allowing a few centimetres wider than the width of the wallpaper. You should see you don’t need to get close to the first drop of paper when doing this.
- For the second drop – look to see where the paper matches (the point at which the design fits together along the edges of the wallpaper).
- Starting at the top match the paper as you hang it dry from the roll – lightly brushing the paper to the wall as you go. The paper will slide into place on the paste.
- When you get to the bottom of the wall – check the pattern matches, and there are no gaps. If there are bubbles, or mismatches, just loosely pull the paper back and brush it back down. The paper is forgiving! If it matches your nearly there.
Trim as before and you’re done!
Repeat until you’re done. Don’t worry about taking breaks or giving up for the night. You can pick up wherever you left off – just make sure to reapply the paste.
For most of our non-woven wall coverings they will be paste the wall and this installation process works. For more complicated installations we always suggest discussing it with us first or we can install for you.
Custom Wallpaper and Wall Murals
Understanding what you are dealing with in the beginning is vital for a successful installation. While our standard wallpapers are easy to hang, Custom Wallpapers and Murals can be a bit more tricky.
Luckily for you we are here right by your side to guide you. We have two videos which explain how to install Custom Wallpaper which is overlap and cut through while some of our Murals are butt joint.
You need to make sure you know which type you are working with as the installation method does differ.
But don’t worry, watch the videos first and remember we are available to assist.
1st type – Custom Wallpaper Installation with overlap and cut through.
If we are printing your artwork or you have chosen a design that will be printed at our inhouse printing facility, this is the methodology you will follow.
Experienced Wallpaper hangers will be familiar with this method as the same installation process is followed with contractual vinyl grade wall coverings.
Watch the video first to get the idea of what is meant by overlap and cut through.
2nd type – Wall Murals Installation with butt joint.
Easier to install, our international wall murals come ready to hang using our wall adhesive available to purchase in Cape Town and Johannesburg.
Luckily for us Graham and Brown have provided a step by step instructional video showing each and every process when it comes to installing a wall mural.
If you are ordering one of our international wall murals, then most likely this is the process to follow. We have a step by step instructions below but watch the video first to familiaze yourself with the steps.
Step by Step Instructions. Let’s start.
When your wall is fully prepared, use a plumb line or spirit level to ensure you have a straight line to begin hanging your mural. The position of the first strip determines the overall look of the completed mural so take time to place it accurately.
- When ready to start hanging your paper be prepared to continue until all strips are hung, avoiding long periods between hanging each strip. Work from left to right.
- First trim off the hanging instructions, keeping nearby for reference.
- Using the printed guidelines cut off the first strip of your mural.
- Apply ‘paste the wall’ wallpaper adhesive to the wall, covering enough area for the first strip.
- Apply the first strip to the wall, lining up to your plumb line/straight edge. Use a soft cloth to gently work out any large air pockets downwards and outwards. Take care not to overwork each strip as this could result in stretching, making it harder to line up following strips.
- Carefully remove any excess paste from the front of the mural using a lightly dampened cloth. Too much rubbing or cleaning may remove ink from the paper.
- Repeat steps 4 to 7 for the remaining strips of your wall mural, lining up the design and tightly butting up each join so that no gaps can be seen
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