Installing New Wallpaper

Installing New Wallpaper - Painters

If you have just moved into a home and are not happy with the wallpaper, or you are just ready for a change from the wallpaper you hung yourself a few years ago, you may want to cover it.

While many people prefer to remove wallpaper before they add new, installing new wallpaper over the old can be much easier. It is similar to the process of painting over wallpaper.

You should be careful when doing this, because if you do not hang the new wallpaper correctly, it will easily fall off and expose the old paper. Here are some tips to help.

Apply a small amount of wallpaper adhesive to the old wallpaper. You need to test this old paper to see how it will react to the adhesive. If the paper seems to soak in the adhesive and pull away form the wall, installing new wallpaper over the old may not be a good idea. If the glue doesn’t have this effect, you are good to go.

Add some primer to the old wallpaper. This will create a rough surface that will be easier for the new wallpaper to adhere to. You can find primer that can be sprayed or painted on the wall. Be sure to let it dry thoroughly before you apply the new wallpaper.

Avoid matching the seams of the new wallpaper with the seams of the old wallpaper. This may seem like a good idea, but it will create raised edges and make the new wallpaper more likely to peel off the wall. Create new seams by cutting your wallpaper sheets longer or shorter than the old wallpaper sheets.

If you are ready to cover up all of your wallpaper and plan on installing new wallpaper over it, make sure you consider the tips above. After putting several hours into wallpapering your home, the last thing you want is for the new paper to peel off the walls.

When Do-It-Yourself Becomes Don’t-Do-It-Yourself

Not everyone has a knack for these types of home improvement projects. If you do not, help if only a phone call away. But who do you call?

Why not let TalkLocal do the work for you? We go out and find local professionals who can handle your needs. We also get them to call you, so you can sit back and wait for help.

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