How to hang wallpaper

Tools for the job

  • Stepladder Stepladder
  • Bucket Bucket
  • Spirit level Spirit level
  • Pasting brush for wallpaper Pasting brush
  • Hanging brush for wallpaper Hanging brush
  • Scissors Scissors
  • Plumb line Plumb line
  • Sharp knife Sharp knife
  1. Step 1: Preparing the wall area

    • Make sure that the wall is smooth, dry, clean, even and dust free. Wipe it with a damp, soft cloth.
    • Mark a vertical, plumb line to start papering to. If you dont have a plumb line you can make one with some string and a weight.
    • Start with the left hand side of the wall (page 1 of your mural)

    It is good to spend time ensuring that the line is straight and preparing the wall because the rest of the process of putting up the mural relies on a true starting point.

  2. Step 2: Mixing the paste

    • Slowly mix one bag of paste to 1 - 1.5 litres of water. Carefully add the powder to the water and stir as you do so. Use a whisk to work out the lumps and make a smooth paste.
    • Once mixed, apply the adhesive directly to the wall using a paint brush or roller.

    Do not paste the whole wall area – just enough for the area of the piece of paper you are applying to the wall at that time - however, do leave a slight overlap for the edge of the paper to ensure that it is stuck down sufficiently.

    Avoid getting paste on the front of the paper. If you do, simply wipe the excess with a clean, dry cloth or sponge.

  3. Step 3: Applying the paper to the wall

    • Apply the dry paper to the pasted wall - align the first strip to the plumb line, allowing a little of the design to overhang.
    • Line the paper up carefully and smooth over when aligned.
    • Use a soft spatula or soft brush to smooth out paper from the centre, brushing out any air bubbles as you go.
    • Repeat this step for the rest of the wallpaper strips - aligning to the first strip.

    Remove any remains of adhesive immediately using a moistened sponge or cloth.

  4. Step 4: Finishing touches

    • Using a ruler and sharp knife trim the tops and bottoms of the lengths.