• Adrienne explains what easy wallpaper is on set at Cityline while holding a wallpaper panel

Easy Wallpaper: Pros and Cons of 3 Types

By |2020-01-15T12:08:27-05:00November 25th, 2019|Tags: , |

If you’ve never hung wallpaper before, you might be wondering if there’s an easy wallpaper to use.  Watch me explain the pros and cons of three different kinds of wallpaper and which one avoids a big headache (both during installation and when you’re ready to remove it) while I hang a custom wallpaper on set at Cityline.

Watch Pros & Cons of Prepasted, Unpasted & Peel and Stick Wallpaper:

In this video, you’ll learn about three different types of wallpaper (along with some installation tips) so you can make an educated decision on how to choose wallpaper that’s best for your project.

If you’ve wondered, “how hard is it to put up wallpaper?” I might be able to help.  I’ve worked with each type so I have a lot of advice to share with you.

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If you’re new to hanging wallpaper, you’ll find a ton of helpful tips in my newsletter community.  I share How-To Videos and useful blog articles so you learn to hang wallpaper like a pro.  Plus you’ll get sale alerts so you can save a bunch when you shop for wallpaper on my website.

Prepasted Wallpaper

I’ll start by explaining what prepasted wallpaper means because that’s what I exclusively sell on my website and I personally think it’s the most easy wallpaper to work with.

I know you take pride in your reno projects, so I offer a product that’s simple and quick to hang, removable, durable and (with a little attention to detail) looks like a pro hung it – even if it’s your first time.

What is Prepasted Wallpaper?

You might be asking, “What is prepasted wallpaper, anyway?”

The basic idea is that prepasted wallpaper already has glue on the back of the paper, so you don’t have to buy extra paste to put onto the wall or onto the back of your wallpaper.

Usually you use water to activate the paste.

It’s a really clean and easy wallpaper to hang, even if you’ve never done it before.

How to Hang My Easy Wallpaper

If you like the idea of a prepasted wallpaper, you might want to watch each manufacturer’s installation video (mine is above) before you buy it because there are a couple ways of hanging prepasted wallpaper.

With mine:

  • You dip each wallpaper panel into a bucket of water, slowly pull it out and place it on the wall. Easy peasy!  Don’t believe me?  Buy a sample of any pattern in my online shop and test it out on your wall!
  • Your seams look perfect since you can slide each panel into place for several minutes after putting it on the wall.
  • The paper is strong and durable so it won’t rip and the design on the front won’t rub off when it gets wet.
  • There is already the perfect amount of paste on the back, so you don’t need to use any extra glue.
  • The width of each panel is only 18”, so it’s totally manageable for one person to hang – although it’s always more fun getting a friend, spouse or your child to help!
  • Don’t worry about the complicated processes called “booking” or “double cutting the seams” when you choose my wallpaper.
  • It’s removable when you’re done with it and it’s eco-friendly!

Other Types of Prepasted Wallpaper

A man's hand sprays water from a spray bottle

With some other prepasted wallpaper, you use a spray bottle to spray water over the back of the paper and then you fold it over onto itself to activate the paste and relax the paper.  This is called booking.

When I was in my twenties and first moved out, I tried hanging this kind of prepasted wallpaper.

The issue I ran into was not knowing how much water to spray.  I was worried if I used too much water, I’d ruin the print or it would get very delicate and rip.

But by using too little, when I folded the paper over onto itself it dried out and stuck to itself.  It was a nightmare pulling it apart.

It also dries more quickly on the wall which can make it a little harder to work with and can shrink more easily, exposing gaps in the seams.

If you go with this kind of prepasted wallpaper, I suggest testing a sample before working with the full panels, to see how much water to use.

Unpasted Wallpaper

A man's hand uses a wallpaper brush to apply wallpaper paste to the back of wallpaepr

So, what is unpasted wallpaper?  It’s when you buy extra wallpaper paste and either apply it to the wall (called “Paste The Wall”) or the back of the wallpaper (called “Paste The Paper”).

It can be tricky to know how much paste to apply, so again, I recommend testing a sample.

If you put too little, the wallpaper can fall off the wall or curl at the seams.

And if you put too much, the glue can seep out of the seams and stain the wallpaper or it could cause mildew problems.

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Peel and Stick Wallpaper

A gold piece of paper is peeled from its backing

Lastly, what is peel and stick wallpaper?  It’s like a sticker where you peel the backing off the wallpaper and stick it to the wall without using water or glue.  It’s another easy wallpaper to work with.

So, peel and stick vs prepasted wallpaper?  Which one is best?  If you watched my video, you’ll find I used to sell peel and stick wallpaper but I stopped for a few reasons.

One reason is that lots of peel and stick wallpaper is made with vinyl which can sometimes have an odour and isn’t the most eco-friendly option for your air quality.  I’m a little fussy like that.

Another reason is that it’s harder to get rid of air bubbles under peel and stick wallpaper.

The last reason I prefer prepasted wallpaper is that it slides around on the wall for a few minutes so you can easily match the pattern up at the seams.

With peel and stick wallpaper you have to position it perfectly straight the first time when you’re matching the seams.  If you don’t, you have to peel it off and reposition it until you get it right.

Good quality peel and stick wallpaper stays sticky, but some of the cheaper options loose its tack and eventually won’t stick to the wall if you continuously pull it off to reposition.

Watch my video above to see how I slide my prepasted wallpaper around on the wall until the seams match up perfectly.

Test with Samples First

A wallpaper sample of a staircase from AboutMurals.ca

If this is your first time hanging wallpaper (whatever type you choose), I recommend testing a sample before working with the real thing.

You want to get comfortable with the amount of water or paste you need, see how sturdy the print is when you’re working with it and feel how durable or delicate the paper feels during installation.

How to Buy a Wallpaper Sample

You can buy a wallpaper sample from my online shop.  Just find a pattern you like then click the “Buy a Sample” button (as seen above).

All my wallpaper samples are printed on the same prepasted wallpaper as the full sized version, so just dip it in warm water and place it on the wall to test it out.

Some Featured Wallpaper Murals This Month:

Here are some of my featured prepasted wallpaper murals this month…or explore all the patterns available in my online shop!

Or Create a Custom Wallpaper Like Cityline

Adrienne of AboutMurals.ca installs a custom wallpaper of a staircase on set at Cityline

If you crave a unique and personalized wallpaper that no one else has (and that you definitely can’t get from the big box stores), I can help you make your own custom wallpaper just like I do for Cityline.

All custom wall murals are printed on the same prepasted wallpaper as my instock wallpaper, so you know it’s easy to hang and removable when you’re done with it.

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Watch the Custom Wallpaper on Cityline

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About the Author:

Hey, I'm Adrienne…your personal mural expert! I can teach you how to craft your own unique wall (that you simply can’t get from a big box store) as I decorate TV sets, local businesses and customer’s homes with my wallpaper murals and hand-painted murals.

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