3 December 2019 Tags: ,

Watch to successfully learn how to install wallpaper with this video tutorial.  It’ll look so good your friends will think you hired a pro – even if this is the first time you apply wallpaper!

Keep scrolling for the written installation instructions, including tools required and wall prep.

Watch How To Install Wallpaper

Watch the step-by-step video above and you’ll learn how to hang prepasted wallpaper from our shop.

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Written Instructions

Read through the entire wallpaper installation instructions first, before rolling your sleeves up and getting to work!

1. Tools for Wallpaper Installation

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  • Level
  • Tape measure
  • Sponge smoother or sponge (not a plastic smoother)
  • Exacto knife
  • Pencil
  • Large putty knife
  • Scissors
  • Clean cloth
  • Fine sandpaper
  • Bin for water
  • Ladder

2. Wall Prep

Paint and Primers

  • You can hang this wallpaper over any latex paint that has cured (dried) for at least 30 days.
  • If you need to paint the wall before hanging the wallpaper, please follow this guide:
    • Latex paint in an eggshell, pearl or semi-gloss finish – paint and wait 30 days to hang your wallpaper
    • Oil based primer – paint and wait 3 days to hang your wallpaper
    • Zinsser BIN Lacquer Sealer – paint and wait 1 hour to hang your wallpaper
  • NEVER hang this wallpaper over regular latex primer.
  • If your wallpaper is white or light coloured, dark coloured paint may show through the wallpaper.

Sand and Clean the Wall

Sand down any bumps with a fine sandpaper, creating a smooth wall.

Wipe the wall with a damp cloth to remove dust and debris.

Surfaces Suitable for this Wallpaper

These wallpaper murals can be hung on any smooth wall with the appropriate painted finish (as mentioned above).

You can also install the wallpaper over clean glass or mirror with no prep work, or melamine and ceramic if painted with two coats of oil based primer or Zinsser BIN Lacquer Sealer.

3. Hang Your Wallpaper

Adrienne of About Murals installs the first panel of wallpaper.
Adrienne of About Murals installs wallpaper.
  1. Panels can be hung from left to right OR right to left.  Choose your starting point by imagining your exposed overlapping seam facing away from you when you walk into the room.
  2. Use the included crayon to colour the white edge of the wallpaper panel that will be exposed.  This hides the white seam.
  3. Make a pencil mark 17″ from the left OR right corner.
  4. Draw a vertical line using your level at the 17″ mark.
  5. Fill a bin with lukewarm water and place it against the wall.
  6. Roll your first wallpaper panel, starting at the bottom with the pattern facing in (blank side facing out).  The top of the wallpaper should be the last part rolled up.
  7. Dunk the rolled up wallpaper into water for 15 seconds, ensuring it gets soaked.  Water activates the paste and does not harm the paper.
  8. Slowly pull the top of the panel out of the bin, climbing the ladder as you go.
  9. Place the first panel on the wall and slide it against the level line.  You can slide the panel on the wall for up to 2 minutes making it easy to line up.
  10. Make sure there is at least 1-2″ of excess wallpaper pattern to trim at the ceiling and baseboard.
  11. Gently smooth air bubbles with your sponge smoother, taking care not to press paste out.  Any small air bubbles left will disappear in 24 hours.
  12. Trim the excess 1″ vertically in the corner once the panel is on the wall, using your putty knife and the exacto knife.  A corner is never perfectly level, and this allows a 1″ buffer.
  13. Trim the excess 1-2″ off horizontally at the ceiling and baseboard once the panel is on the wall, using your putty knife and the exacto knife.  A wall is never perfectly level and this allows a 1-2″ buffer.  Do not pre-trim the wallpaper before hanging on the wall.
  14. Gently wipe the seam, baseboard and ceiling with a damp cloth to remove residual paste.
  15. Repeat this procedure with the next panel, overlapping the first seam by 1/4″.
  16. Change your exacto blade often.
  17. Ensure each panel is straight by using your level.

4. Share a Photo for a Chance to be Featured!

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Send us a photo of your mural for your chance to be featured on our blog and social!

Simply message us, tag us on Facebook (/aboutmurals) or Instagram (@about_murals).

Need to Hire an Installer?

Wallpaper Installation Tools - About Murals

If you’re tight on time or have to focus on another part of your renovation, we offer installation services in the greater Hamilton-Toronto areas of Ontario (Canada).

Owner and founder, Adrienne Scanlan, hangs our wallpaper murals for celebrity designers like Colin and Justin, Brian Gluckstein, Jackie Glass and Kimberley Seldon on set at Cityline.  You know you’re working with an expert who cares about the small details and who stands behind her quality service.

If you live outside of Ontario, you can find a qualified installer at the Wallcovering Installers Association.

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About the Author: 

Hey, I'm Adrienne! I'll teach you how to hang wallpaper and create your own unique walls (that you simply can't get from the big box stores) as I decorate TV sets, local businesses and customer's homes with our eco-friendly wallpaper murals.

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