12 Steps to Decorating With Wallpaper Borders

You may want to transform a room in your house without going to the trouble of painting the walls or even wallpapering the room over. A great alternative is to use wallpaper borders instead of paint. Wallpaper borders can provide a whole new look to any room in your home, while making the transformation a little easier on you. Instead of moving all your furniture and your wall hangings as you would if you were painting or wallpapering the entire room, you can simply keep everything in it's place while you put up your borders. It simple and makes your room look great.

Mounting a decorative wall border successfully requires a little planning and prep work. These 12 steps will guide you through the wallpapering process.

Step 1: You need to first think about where you want the border on your walls. For example, do you want the border along the top of the walls like crown molding or frame a door or run around the middle of the room like a chair rail? It is best to determine where you want to put the border before you start the process.

Step 2: Make sure the area where you are placing the border is clean. Use soap and water to clean the surface of dirt, cobwebs or anything else that lurks along the walls. Clean walls will ensure that the wallpaper border will adhere properly.

Step 3: Once your wall is cleaned, you need to buy the appropriate amount of wallpaper. Most of the wallpaper come in roles of about 15 feet.

Step 4: Use a tape measure to determine the length of your wall or the area you will be wallpapering so you can buy accordingly.

Step 5: Before applying the border, prepare the surface with a wall prep liquid that will allow the border to stick better to the wall.

Step 6: Apply the wall prep on the areas that you want the border. Apply the prep 1/2 inch from where the border meets the wall so that you do not have excess liquid coming over on the other side of the border.

Step 7: While placing the border along the wall run a ruler over the paper to smooth out any bumps or air bubbles.

Step 8: If you need to cut any of the border, use scissors and a trimming knife to cut off excess material in hard-to-reach corners.

Step 9: Use a sponge to go over the border once it is up on the wall. This will get rid of any extra wall prep while smoothing the border.

Step 10: If you are working with corners, run the border past the corner to overlap the other wall.

Step 11: The next piece will then go directly on top of that, eliminating a gap in the corner.

Step 12: The border will dry quickly, so you can immediately return the room to normal use.