Wallpaper has been used for decades to decorate kitchen bathrooms and living rooms. This article will briefly touch on the history of the wallpaper and give you a guide on the best way to apply wallpaper to your walls.
Wallpaper is used to decorate a rooms wall, it is usually found in rolls. Wallpaper has been around for years but had taken different forms at the beginning.
The first kind of wallpapers would have been found in the middle ages when great tapestries would be added to castles or manors to add vibrancy as well as insulation to a room. This is not really what we consider to be wallpaper but it was the first sign of decoration in the home. The use of tapestries in castles caused the introduction of what we know as wallpaper.
The problem with tapestries was that they were extremely expensive and only the rich could afford them. This forced less well-off members to resort to the earliest forms of wallpaper for a fraction of the price but adding that same vibrancy to their rooms.
Therefore early wallpaper featured scenes similar to those found on tapestries and hung on walls rather than applied.
The first proper introduction of wallpaper was during the 1500s where England and France were leaders in European wallpaper production. The initial popularity coming after Henry VII’s excommunication from the Catholic Church and wallpaper has gone from strength to strength till now, where a lot of people choosing to go for the minimalist look, preferring the option to dress a room in light colours of paint. But there is a trend where people are returning to cover their walls in paper, due to the fact technology now allows for more interesting design’s and materials to be produced and made in to unique wallpapers.
Applying wallpaper can be a real challenge and quite a daunting one. Most of us though have not got the money to employee someone to undertake this meticulous task. So I will divulge the best and easiest process to obtain the main goal of the wallpaper on the wall.
The first step for applying wallpaper involves surface preparation. You need to consider what kind of surface you are looking to apply to. Here’s some of the surface’s you may encounter and what preparation must be done.
- Painted surfaces do not need any preparation and is ready to go.
- Plasterboards will need to be primed with a pva primer first
- Absorbent and porous surfaces the wall will also have to applied with a pva primer first.
Other than those wall surfaces you are ready to go, but a few general preparations may want to be taken to ensure, longevity of the wallpaper on the wall.
- You should make sure all surface marks are removed with a detergent solution, making sure nothing will affect the paper sticking or damage the final product.
- Make sure any cleansing of the wall is allowed to properly dry before hanging your wallpaper.
- Any holes, cracks or defects need to be filled with a high standard of filler, smoothed out and allowed to dry.
Right you’re ready for the most meticulous stage of the process, the hanging of the wallpaper. For this process you will need:
- A decorators sponge to wet the wallpaper
- A Sharp knife for trimming
- A Soft plastic wallpaper spatula for smoothing the wallpaper.
- And a steel straight edge to aid trimming of the paper
Start off by wetting the back of the material using clean water and leave to soak for 15 minutes before hanging. Then apply pva based adhesive to the surface that is going to be wallpapered, do this using a medium pile paint roller. When applying the wallpaper use a soft spatula using a smooth up and down motion, making sure you do not squeeze the adhesive out at the edges. Leave the wallpaper to settle for 15 minutes, and then remove the excess wallpaper from the top and bottom.
You may encounter a few difficult application areas to your wallpapering. Overlap joints can be difficult so take care when applying ensuring to get a good match.
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