This article, How to Hang Wallpaper with a Pattern, is sponsored by Bellacor. All opinions are 100% my own.
I have to admit, I was a little intimidated with the idea of hanging wallpaper. However, I quickly got over it after seeing the many beautiful patterns available that simply put; you can’t do with paint or even stencils. I stared at my beautiful roll of Luscious Lipstick Pink and Champagne Boho Chic Wallpaper and fell in love. I quickly learned that hanging this prepasted York wallpaper was actually much easier and less time consuming than painting!
- Prepasted York Wallpaper of Choice
- Wallpaper Sprayer
- Towels or Tarp
- Exacto Knife
- Measuring Tape and Yardstick
- Cutting Mat (optional)
Here is the BEFORE shot of my guestroom wall. I know, I need to replace that fan!
I recruited my best friend and we got to work, which leads me to my first tip.
Tip #1: Hire a buddy and buy him or her lunch afterwards. Sheets of wallpaper can be heavy, especially when aligning a pattern. Another set of hands is helpful to help keep it straight.
The first thing we did was measure the wall and cut the first two panels of wallpaper. Make sure you work in a large area to lay out each panel.
Tip #2: When working with a pattern, make sure to work ahead and cut the next panel to assure correct alignment.
The prepasted wallpaper we used is activated by simply misting it with water. We protected my floors with old towels, and misted the back of the panel with a wallpaper sprayer.
Tip #3: When misting the panel, be sure to focus on the edges to ensure they do not lift once it is on the wall.
After misting, fold the edges so that they meet in the middle. This will help activate the stickiness. Wait 2-3 minutes.
Hanging the first piece was the easiest because we simply aligned it with the corner, for the perfect straight edge.
Tip #4: Use a sponge to smooth out any bumps. You can also move your hand across the wall and lightly sand any bumps before applying your panel.
A straight edge will also smooth and bumps, however be careful not to rip the wallpaper.
Apply your next panel by aligning the pattern to your prior panel.
Tip #5: It is OK to have excess wall paper near the floor and ceiling or around windows because you can use an Exacto knife to trim the edges.
Make adjustments around windows and trim.
Tip #6: A yardstick comes in handy to get a straight line when you need to work around windows.
Tip #7: Use a cutting mat and straight edge for smaller pieces of wallpaper to ensure pattern matching and precise measurements.
Although there is a lot to remember, once you get the hang of it, hanging wallpaper with water is much easier than painting!
Now for the giveaway! – **THIS GIVEAWAY HAS CLOSED**
In honor of their special anniversary event, Bellacor is giving away a $150 merchandise credit to any York products on Bellacor.com so that you can give this easy but elegant DIY a try! Don’t forget to check out the Bellacor Anniversary Event!