21 September 2020 Tags:

Not sure how to wallpaper around bulkheads – that tricky section of your ceiling that drops down and encases duct work, plumbing or wiring?  Watch this video (or read the step-by-step instructions) to learn how!Play

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Written Instructions: How to Wallpaper Around Bulkheads

Keep reading to learn about wallpapering around bulkheads and the tools you’ll need to install wallpaper purchased from this website.

Tools Needed for Wallpapering Around Bulkheads

  • Large putty knife
  • Exacto knife with a new blade
  • Scissors
  • Sponge smoother
  • Damp cloth
  • Ladder

How to Hang Wallpaper Around a Bulkhead

  1. Place your wallpaper onto the wall, starting at the top near the ceiling, and bend it onto the adjacent bulkhead. Make sure the wallpaper is stuck onto the bulkhead so it doesn’t fall off the wall.
  2. Match the pattern up at the seams from top to bottom.
  3. With your scissors, make a diagonal cut in the wallpaper starting from the top of the bulkhead until you reach the bottom corner of the bulkhead.  You’ll be able to feel this point with your finger.  IMPORTANT: don’t cut past this corner or you’ll leave a cut mark in the wallpaper that’ll show on the wall.
  4. The relief cut you just made allows you to fold a section of the wallpaper under the bulkhead.
  5. Ensure the pattern is still matched up at the seams from top to bottom.
  6. Smooth out air bubbles from the wallpaper using a sponge smoother.
  7. Using a large putty knife and an exacto knife with a new blade, trim wallpaper from the ceiling, side of the bulkhead and under the bulkhead.  Move slowly and with control.
  8. Wipe any excess wallpaper paste off of the ceiling, wall and bulkhead with a damp cloth.
  9. Remember to take photos or videos and tag me on Instagram (@about_murals) or Facebook (/aboutmurals) so I can congratulate you on a job well done!

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About the Author: 

Adrienne is the owner and founder of About Murals. Her work has been featured on Cityline, HGTV, The DIY Network, CTV Life and The Toronto Sun. She enjoys writing about trends in wallpaper murals and creating videos teaching DIYers how to hang wallpaper. You can reach her at adrienne@aboutmurals.ca.

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