How to Install Wallpaper around a Window Part 2

What You'll Need
Paint Brush
Smoothing Blades/Brushes
Measuring Tape/Ruler
Exacto Knife

Continuing on from the previous piece, we are going to be looking at using various brushes when you choose to install wallpaper in your homes. Now while you have been making good progress on your wallpapering, you will find that there are still a few tips and tricks that you can use to ensure that all the pieces look professionally done, as well that your windows look immaculate and pristine.

 Pre-pasted or Non-pasted

It is important to know that when you buy your wallpaper, you can get the pieces either pre-pasted or non-pasted. If you choose to go with pre-pasted wallpaper, you will find that the wallpaper itself has the adhesive already applied to the back of it. This adhesive is activated by water. The one downfall to using this type of paper is that the adhesive drys very quickly which means that you need to be ready to get the paper hung up on the wall very quickly.

Step 1 – Hang Your Paper

The first thing that you are going to do is to actually hang your piece of wallpaper. If you are using pre-pasted wallpaper, you are going to have to let the back of the pieces get wet. If you are not, and you have chosen to go with the non-pasted backing, you are going to have to ensure that you have even distributed a thin layer of adhesive over the back of the wallpaper piece. Once you have accomplished both of these steps, you must now hang your paper.

Step 2 – Let It Hang Down

Once you have the wallpaper prepped, you need to use a stepladder and to get to the topmost point. Line up your wallpaper with the ceiling and then let the natural weight of the paper pull the wallpaper down. This will help you get the straightest piece of wallpaper as possible.

Step 3 – Smooth With Your Brushes

Now that you have the wallpaper hanging, you can now take one of your smoothing brushes to help stick the piece to the wall. Make sure that you are working from the top down, and also working out the adhesive from the inside in. This will ensure that you are getting as much adhesive over the backing of the wallpaper, as well as making sure that you don't have any air bubbles that get stuck behind the wallpaper.

Step 4 – Crease Your Corners

When you are working with the windows, you will find that you have to ensure that all the corners are done precisely otherwise you are going to end up with ugly wallpaper. The easiest way to work your corners is to measure a piece of wallpaper that goes from one corner to the next and leave an extra inch or two for the overlap. Line up the wallpaper on the inside of the recessed window, and then take a ruler to crease the wallpaper. This will ensure that it reaches into the corner and is secured in place. From a visual standpoint, it makes the wallpapering process look much more successful.