How to Apply Lining Paper to Walls Part 1

What You'll Need
Lining paper
Tape measure
Scoring knife
Pasting brush
Level or rafter square
Paper hanging brush
Spackle (optional)
Sandpaper (optional)

While the task of hanging lining paper can seem daunting, walls intended for wall coverings of any type will be benefited by the extra work. It is also a great way to even out walls and smooth over minor flaws. A solid start in crucial to the perfection of this job, and once you understand how to lay the first piece, the rest of the work will follow more easily.

Here is how to get started:

Step 1 – Prep Your Walls

Make sure your walls and corners are clean and any old wall paper is removed. While lining paper will help even out your walls, you should fill in any cracks and make sure your corners are squared off using spackle and sandpaper. If you have to repair any of this sort of damage, be sure the spackle is dry before you apply the lining paper.

Step 2 – Take Careful Measurements

Using your tape measure, measure the height and width of each wall. Lining paper will be hung horizontally, so purchase your rolls to be slightly longer than the length of the wall. Determine the width of your lining paper and compare it to the height of your room, to find out how much material you need for each wall.

Step 3 – A Perfect Start

If possible, choose to start laying your paper on a blank wall with no windows or doors. Unroll your paper on a flat surface and measure the length of the wall to it. Leave an extra two inches on either side, to be overlapped over the corners of the wall.

Evenly lay your paste onto the back of the paper. For more in depth instructions, refer to the second part of this article.

It may be helpful to have a friend or helper to feed you the lining paper as you hang it, but if not, carefully hold the paper as you position your ladder beneath the top corner of your wall. Using your level or rafter square, start with the first side you applied paste to and fit it into the corner, creasing carefully a two inch overhang onto the adjoining wall. Use your paper hanging brush over the paper and push out any air pockets.

Unfold the paper as you move along the wall, using the level or rafter square as you go to ensure you are applying it straight. Make sure the paper is butted up against the ceiling and continually use your paper hanging brush to push out air. Make sure all air bubbles are out before you move on to the next stretch.

When you reach the other corner, push your paper tightly into the corner and create another two inch overhang onto the next wall. Inspect your work carefully, and if you are pleased with it, then move on to part two.