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Hanging Prepasted Wallpaper: Tips + Resources

Wednesday, October 29th, 2014

I adore a fabulous wallpaper, the modern prints are a fantastic way to add texture, glamour, or drama with a colorful or metallic pattern. Compared to stenciling, wallpaper is limited by its colorways and more expensive, but the look is really beautiful especially with the new contemporary metallic or intricate patterns.

This bathroom makeover was my second time hanging prepasted wallpaper by myself  and the task is not as difficult as you might think! With the right supplies you can hang prepasted wallpaper without professional help. The process is drippy and wet (wear your sloppy clothes) and it takes some time, but once you get the hang of it (ha!) you’ll find it’s not as intimidating as you may think.

Wallpapers come in different versions: some are prepasted, some are unpasted, and some are peel off/removable. The prepasted versions work like this: once the paper is moistened with water, the adhesive is activated and you have time to hang the paper straight, reposition if necessary, and smooth out any bubbles.

tips for hanging prepasted wallpaper

 

1) Pick Your Paper.  Styles and costs vary, and choosing a paper is a personal choice, but when you find one that calls your name, go for it !

Here are a dozen favorite sources for modern papers:

graham and brown wallpaper

hygge and west

thibaut

Graham & Brown

Hygge + West

Thibaut

anthro wallpaper

ferm

design your wall

Anthropologie

Ferm Living

Design Your Wall

spoonflower prints

cole son wallpaper

dec best

Spoonflower

Cole & Son

Decorator’s Best

wallpaper collective

inside wallpaper

walnut papers

Wallpaper Collective

Inside Wallpaper

Walnut Wallpaper

2) Prep The Walls.  Flat wallpapers with just pattern (and not texture) lay best on smooth walls since texture will show underneath the paper. In our bathroom, we had the walls retextured so they were perfectly smooth, but in homes where orange peel, knockdown texture, or other rough wall surfaces exist, there are two ways to get them smooth enough to install wallpaper.

You can retexture the walls so that they are smooth with joint compound with a few light coats (sand in between) and then prime them in preparation. Or you can purchase and hang prepasted lining paper underneath to prep the walls, this product is affordable and has good reviews, but there are other similar options available. Also, the walls should be primed so that the wallpaper adheres well. Remove all light fixtures, electrical plates, art, shelving, or anything else that will interrupt the application of your paper.

Supplies You’ll Need: canvas tarp for floor; prepasted wallpaper; bathtub or long wallpaper tray for moistening paper; level; pencil; plastic smoothing tool like this; stepladder; large sponge; sharp scissors.

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Let’s Greek Key All the Things…

Wednesday, October 1st, 2014

This week I started another project combining two classics: linen fabric and Greek key trim. I’m making window panels for my living room and I’ve been wanting this combo in there for some time after I realized with this project just how nice a strip of Greek key tape looks on the edge of a simple curtain.

greek key trim yardage

The application has been around forever and designers use it all the time because Greek key trim is a no fail way to add elegance to decor. The term “Greek key” is used to describe several iconic boxy twisting patterns. Historically, the motif is known as a “meander” which is a decorative pattern forming a continuous geometric line.  

greek key motifs

Let’s Greek key all the things! 

Like adding trim to window panels …

navy greek key trim traci zeller

greek key trim on curtains

panels with greek key trim

greek key trim curtains

greek key trim

traci zeller / amanda carol interiors / better homes & gardens / ballard designs / amy meier /schumacher blog / lonny 

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