How to Apply Lining Paper to Walls Part 2

What You'll Need
Lining paper
Tape measure
Scoring knife
Pasting brush
Level or rafter square
Paper hanging brush

Once you have your first piece of lining paper up, butting carefully against the ceiling with no air bubbles, you are ready to complete the project with confidence. Remember to continue to work carefully, to avoid having to redo any sloppy work.

Here is how to finish the job:

Step 1 – Making The Cuts

When measuring out the lining paper to hang on the rest of your room, always leave a two inch margin on either side. Some of these margins will run over onto the next wall to be overlapped, and other will be scored off when you use the paper to overlap a piece already up. Plan ahead for which walls will provide the overlaps at the corners and which will run onto the next wall.

Step 2 – Perfect Pasting

Starting at one end, use your pasting brush to evenly apply the paste across the back of the paper, carefully folding (never creasing) the paper into an accordion like style so that the pasted sides do not touch. Check the instructions that came with your lining paper to see how long you should wait for the wet paste to soak through the paper.

Step 3 – Down the Wall

Repeat the process you used to lay the first piece of lining paper, but instead of butting it up to the wall, butt it up to the piece above it. Use your level or rafter square to keep your seams straight as you apply, being careful not to overlap that seams at any time, or allow a gap to form between them. Use your paper hanging brush constantly, brushing out any and all air pockets that want to form, and being careful not to crease the paper.

Step 4 – Scoring Corners

Score the extra paper as needed around corners and door and window trim with your scoring knife. At the corners, be sure to only cut deep enough to score the overlapping piece and not the piece behind it.

If you have no baseboard trim, or have removed it for the task, lay the full width of the bottom piece of lining paper down and use your measuring tape to score a straight line an inch below where the baseboard will sit. If you do have baseboard up, very carefully score the paper along the corner. You can use your level or rafter square to help keep your cut steady. 

When all paper is hung, make sure all your edges are even and you don’t have any loose paper or tabs. If you do, tack them down with paste or cut them off with your scoring knife. Wipe away any excess paste. Allow at least twenty four hours for your paper to dry. Then it will be ready for hanging wall paper or another wall covering.