Hang Paintable Wallpaper

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If you happen to live in an apartment that has poor wall conditions, what solutions are available to make it visually appealing? If you're renting the space, renovating is out of the question. If you need to do the project on a budget, you will probably need to DIY, which means learning to decorate. If you need to find a way to improve the walls without splurging, yet you want them to have character, you need a solution that is inexpensive but beautiful. The solution - hang textured paintable wallpaper.

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What Is Paintable Wallpaper?

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  • What makes it unique? There is a particular kind of thick, textured wallpaper that you can hang on your wall that begs to be painted and it can be. This kind of wallpaper comes in a variety of distinctive textures. Once primed, you can give it essentially any paint treatment your heart desires.
  • How it originated.' It is inspired by the decorative, Lincrusta, an elegant wallpaper invented in the late 19th century in Britain. It was first made from linseed oil that was pasted and pressed using an embossed roller to purposely create a texture or pattern. This wall treatment grew in popularity, as it offered a hardy alternative to usual wall coverings, without the cost of more complex wall treatments.
  • The variety of choices. There are so many amazing design options available for you these days. Its popularity is ability to adapt to many styles of décor, from Victorian, Art Deco and Mid-Century to Contemporary. Many love it, not only because it is inexpensive, but because you can make it work for you, both design, and color.

When Is Paintable Wallpaper Perfect For Your Wall?

Hanging patterned paintable wallpaper is an ideal home design solution when painting walls in your home will only reveal the poor condition of them. Paintable wallpaper comes in a wide range of textures and styles, from simple finishes to very elaborate embossed patterns that give your walls a feeling of elegance and wealth. Once you've "hung" the wallpaper, you're ready to paint a coat of primer. Now you're ready to personalize it to fit your overall design and color scheme.

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How To Hang Wallpaper You Can Paint

Excited? Read on to learn how to beautify your walls with paintable wallpaper.

Supplies And Materials

  • Strips of paintable wallpaper of your choosing.
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  • Tape measure.
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  • Straight edge.
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  • Cutter or razor.
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  • Adhesive.
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  • Roller to apply adhesive.
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  • Wallpaper brush.
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Instructions

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    Prepare your supplies.{
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    Make sure the walls are clean before you start.
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    Mark the wall.
    Start by marking the wall where you intend to apply the wallpaper.
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    Measure twice cut once.
    This is the carpenter's creed that also works in this situation. Measure the height of the wall accurately using a tape measure. Measure twice. To be safe, add six inches of "wiggle room", 3" on each end. Unroll and cut the length of wallpaper needed for the first strip with a sharp cutter.
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    Start where it won't show.
    It's always ideal to start where the seams won't be noticed. Do this by determining where you intend to begin, but make sure to choose an out of the way spot. Don't take chances; make sure to use a level when drawing a vertical line from the top to floor where the first strip of wallpaper will be glued.
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    Glue it to the wall.
    Apply the adhesive to the back of the wallpaper, using the roller to make the application even. Let it cure for 10 minutes before putting it against the wall. It will stick a lot better if it's "tacky" when it goes up.
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    There are wallpapers that are pre-pasted.
    These wallpapers just need to be soaked in water to activate the paste. To know which one you are using, always read the instructions that come with the wallpaper.
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    When putting the first section of wallpaper on your wall, leave about 3" more than you need on both the top and bottom.
    Using a wallpaper brush, make sure to even out the paper thoroughly by removing air pockets.
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    Now the extra at the top and bottom can be cut away with a straight edge and razor.
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    Next paintable wallpaper, please.
    Do the same steps on the next strip of wallpaper. This time, ensure a clean and professional approach by paying attention to align the patterns on the paper. Let the wallpaper thoroughly dry for about 24 hours.
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    NEVER OVERLAP.
    Never overlap the paper. The seams should meet perfectly, but never overlap.
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Great Paintable Wallpaper Ideas

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    Make a small space impressive.
    Hang paintable wallpaper in small or narrow space, and on ceilings. The wall details in light colored paint will make a small space interesting, and can actually make it seem bigger.
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    Add a touch of class.
    Perhaps you don't want to do the entire wall. Think about papering over, or under a plate rail or chair rail j- basically, part of the wall. Or cut the paper to make your own border. Ideas are only limited by what you can't think of.
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    Make it match.
    When buying paintable wallpaper, go for the pattern and color that harmonizes with your home's basic design and style.
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    Would you love a vintage pressed-tin ceiling?
    You can use wallpaper with the right pattern or texture to make it look just like it. Finish it with a metallic paint or dab it with silver leaf or matte colors to highlight the texture.
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    Keep it classic in white.
    While colors can give a room a spacious, clean, contemporary feel. White textured wallpaper would give it just a little more distinction. Choosing a neutral color for you walls allows you to go a little crazy with splashes of color using fabrics, furniture, artworks, cushions and other accents.
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    Colored or white?
    If you can't make up your mind, why not paint an accent wall and leave the other walls in classic white or another neutral tone. This way you enjoy both.
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Tips, Tricks and Warnings

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  • Never use a seam roller. This has the tendency to flatten the embossed patterns in the paintable wallpaper. Instead, apply joint compound to visible seams for a seamless appearance.
  • Always start with a coat of primer.
  • Booking a wallpaper strip. For an even adhesion, there are wallpapers that require time to absorb the paste and "relax" before being hung. This is referred to as the "booking technique."
  • Keep it nice and professional-looking. To make the end product look visually appealing, make sure the wallpaper's design is perfectly even where the walls meet the ceiling.
  • Start by measuring the height of the wall. Measure twice, cut once.
  • Leave some allowance on top and bottom, but only after you have decided on the design element you want at the top edge.
  • For a clean cut, always cut across the paper using a straightedge and a razor or utility knife.
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Questions and Answers

Could you add pictures for the steps ?

Could you add pictures for the steps so I can understand properly? Thanks

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What's the right way to hang embossed wallpaper?

You have to start from one corner at the top and then move to the other side. You then have to go down gradually, in order to avoid any unnecessary bubbles as you hang the wallpaper. What's better with an embossed wallpaper, is you don't have to worry about perfect alignment. The embossing will give you some room in case you the miss the alignment slightly.

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I'm having trouble trimming the excess paper off while the paste is wet. Is there a trick? Would it be better to let it dry first?

I'm using a brand new razor blade but the paper is tearing. Should I let the glue dry first?

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Can paintable wallpaper be applied over wallpaper that is already there?

Must we remove the old wallpaper? It's in good condition.

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Applying over existing wallpaper?

Can paintable wallpaper be applied over existing wallpaper? And if so, is there any additional prep work that needs to be done?

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Prime before painting wallpaper?

Why would that be necessary if the paper is brand new paintable wallpaper and the manufacturer instructions say no priming necessary?

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Do I need to strip existing wallpaper (true paper, not vinyl) before hanging paintable paper?

The existing paper is an old Waverly pattern, high quality, and adhering well to the existing plaster. Do I need to strip it first?

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I want to hang textured paintable wall paper on to the ceiling. What's the best glue for that?

What's the best glue to use on the ceiling?. I have tried: Nothing. still researching!

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