Tackling the Tricky Spots
Don't be intimidated by what you perceive to be those tricky spots on your wall. It's easy to maneuver around those electric outlets, cupboards, fixtures, archways and more with a few easy steps. Here is where the problem areas are, and how you can work around them like a pro.
New house or old, you'll rarely find a perfectly straight inside corner. DON'T try to wrap a while strip of wallpaper around the corner. Instead:
Measure the distance from the edge of the last strip hung to the corner at the top, bottom and middle, and them add Â½" to your widest measurement
Cut this width from your next strip
Hang the first portion of the strip. It will overlap Â½" onto the new wall at the widest part, but may not overlap the entire length of the strip
Make a diagonal clip in the corner of the ceiling and baseboard overlaps
Measure the width of the other pieceDrop a plumb line at this distance on the new wallHang the remaining piece, aligning it with the new plumb line. Allow the other side to overlap in the corner
Note: If using vinyl wallcovering, secure the overlap with vinyl-to-vinyl adhesive.
Tip: It is more important that the wallcovering be aligned with the plumb line than to have a perfect match in the corner. This mismatch will be minimized by illusion anyway.
Hanging around an Outside Corner
With outside corners, you can usually wrap the wallcovering right around the edge, unless the walls are badly out of line. Snip the 2" excess at ceiling and baseboard, so the wallcovering will turn the corner smooth out as usual.
Tip: Because a straight corner is highly unlikely, there probably will be a slight pattern drop or slant at the ceiling edge. It will be less noticeable if you measure the length of the walls before hanging and start on the longer wall.
Ending on an Outside Corner
Trim the wallcovering Â¼" from the edge with your razor knife to avoid fraying and peeling along the edge. The simplest way to do this is to wrap it around the corner, trim it with a razor and straight edge and then pull off the excess. Be sure to wash the paste off the wall immediately.
Electric Switches and Outlets
Remove all plates before beginning the project. Hang the strip in the usual manner, right over the opening. Take your razor blade and make and "X" - shaped cut over the opening and up to each corner. Then trim away the excess along each edge.
Safety Tip: Always turn off the electricity when working around outlets.
Getting Around Cupboards
When you're papering kitchens and baths encountering cupboards is inevitable. You can get around them quite effortlessly with these simple instructions.
Strip that Goes Along Cupboard:
Remaining half of the Strip:
This gives you a basic understanding of the steps and will allow you to tackle most situations.
Plumbing Fixtures and Radiators
If you're handy enough, or have a handy man around, objects like the tank on the toilet can be removed. Then you merely have to cut a slit over to the pipe from the closest edge, and cut a hole. When the object cannot be removed, gently slip the wallcovering down behind the fixture and smooth it down with a yardstick covered with a soft cloth to eliminate damaging the wallcovering.
Tip: Always hang a ceiling before hanging the walls
When papering the ceiling, it's easier to hang shorter strips (width-wise in the room), but consider the whole room when deciding which direction to go.
To Paper the Ceiling:
Note: If you are hanging the ceiling only, trim the excess with a sharp razor knife and broad knife.
If you're going to cover the sidewalls, trim it so there is a Â¼" overlap on to the sidewalls.
Measuring and Starting:
With your yardstick in hand and the width of the wallcovering in your head, you can plan the strips so they "fall" into position, making it easy to wrap the arch. The width of the arch and the width of the wallcovering will determine where you start measuring - from the left to right or from the middle of the arch out in each direction.
Tip: When a rectangular arch is involved, plan that wall first. After planning where the arch strips fall, measure backward to your starting corner.
Arch Strip "A"
This strip should fall so that enough of the right hand side overlaps the arch to cover it. A horizontal cut will be made precisely at the top edge of the arch over the wall. Then the wallcovering below that cut will drop around the left hand vertical side of the arch.
Arch Strip "B"
These strips will be short headers. Cut these long enough to wrap around the underside of the arch.
Arch Strip "C"
This strip should be wide enough to wrap around the arch after the horizontal cut is made precisely at the top edge of the arch.
After hanging these strips, you'll still need to fill in the area on the underside of the arch at the extreme left and right. Cut matching pieces. Tuck the "top ends" under the wallcovering on the face of the arch, where the horizontal cuts were made, and smooth the piece onto the underside of the arch, filling the space.
Tip: Brush a compatible paint color along the underside of the arch before you hang. This will hide the seam if the paper experiences shrinkage.
Note: If you are not wallpapering the wall on the other side of the arch, trim it Â¼" shy of the edge to prevent fraying. If you are wallpaper the wall on the other side, wrap all pieces around to that wall slightly and trim to a Â½" overlap.
This is similar to rectangular archway hanging, except that when hanging paper on a curved archway, a separate piece must be used to cover the inside of the arch.
Tip: With a curved arch, plan ahead so that you end up with about 2" at the edge of the doorway to wrap to the inside. It's fine if there is more, but you don't want to be caught with less.
Hang the strips around and above the arch in the usual manner, letting the excess hang freely in the doorway.
Cut any excess away leaving 2" to wrap to the inside.
In the curved area, make small wedge-shaped clips snipping close to the edge. Wrap the wallcovering to the inside of the arch, and smooth down
Covering the Archway
To cover the archway, cut two pieces Â½" less than the width of the arch and long enough to cover from the middle of the arch down the sides.
Figure the pattern match from the bottom up. Then hang the strips from the center down the sides, with the edge of the wallcovering in Â¼" from the edge of the archway.
If vinyl, use vinyl to vinyl adhesive on the overlap.
Note: If you do not want to cover the inside of the arch, use a very sharp razor blade and straight edge (a curved ruler would be perfect) to trim away Â¼" from the arch edge on the wall. Remove the excess and wash off the paste.