9 September 2020 Tags:

Watch this video to learn how to wallpaper around sockets so that it looks crisp and clean.  Plus I share a sneaky tip on how to keep paste out of your plug, which can be a messy headache after installation.

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Written Instructions

Keep reading to learn about wallpapering around sockets, the tools you need and a sneaky trick the pros use!

Tools Needed for Wallpapering Around Sockets

  • Screw driver
  • Exacto knife with a new blade
  • Scissors
  • Masking tape or green painters tape
  • Damp cloth

Instructions for Cutting Wallpaper Around Sockets

  1. Turn the electricity off before wallpapering around sockets to avoid the risk of shock.
  2. Remove the plug or light switch wall plate with a screw driver.
  3. Sneaky Trick: Apply masking tape over your plug before hanging wallpaper so no messy paste gets stuck in the holes.
  4. Install your wallpaper on the wall, over your electrical outlet.
  5. Feel for the edges of the plug with your fingers.  Using a sharp exacto knife, slowly and carefully make a vertical cut along both sides of the outlet.
  6. Using your scissors, make a horizontal cut across the middle of the socket.
  7. Lift the two flaps off the wall and cut them off at the top and bottom of the outlet.
  8. If required, carefully snip the wallpaper away from the screw holes.  Alternatively, poke a hole through the wallpaper where the screw holes are with the tip of your exacto knife.
  9. Wipe any excess paste off of the wallpaper.
  10. Replace the plug wall plate using your screw driver.
  11. 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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