If you are wondering how to beautifully and quickly finish the walls on your own, then your choice has definitely settled on wallpaper. This is the most popular, affordable and easy-to-perform process. Everyone can stick wallpaper, but in this case you should adhere to a certain technology and know some of the nuances that will help you stick wallpaper with the highest quality.
Today we will tell you how to start pasting wallpaper, as well as analyze the correct pasting technology. The wallpaper will definitely last a long time and will not peel off the next day.
What is the essence of the preparatory stage? The main thing here is to qualitatively prepare the walls of the room where they plan to glue new wallpapers.
You need to start by removing the old finish. Remove paint, whitewash, and old wallpaper from the walls. After that, carefully inspect the work surface. It may be necessary to level and prime the walls.
An important step, which should be approached with all awareness, is the choice of a suitable wallpaper adhesive. You should choose carefully, because it depends on how the rolls will be glued to the walls: with or without bubbles, and also whether it will be possible to mask the joints between the canvases to the maximum without polluting them.
The composition of the adhesive is divided into:
- Universal. Budget option that is suitable for all types of wallpaper. In fact, the situation is different, you need to work with it according to a special principle: the heavier the wallpaper, the thicker the glue should be kneaded. Choose an all-purpose adhesive if you’re on a budget, or use it for lightweight wallpaper.
- Special. This type includes glue for vinyl, non-woven and textile wallpapers. Manufacturers usually indicate on the packaging what type of wallpaper the glue is intended for. In addition, professionals recommend combining regular glue with auxiliary adhesives (joint glue, acrylic border glue, etc.).
What should you pay attention to when choosing wallpaper? First of all, on the type of room in which pasting will take place. Today, the market presents a huge range of wallpapers for various types of walls. Smooth wallpapers are best placed on concrete. All types of wallpaper are perfectly applied to embossed wallpapers due to the fact that they can mask minor irregularities on the walls.
Now let’s talk about colors. As for the rooms on the south side, choose wallpaper in gray, blue and green colors for them. For the north side, warm tones of wallpaper, beige and golden hues are suitable. In the hallway or corridor, dark wallpapers of rich deep shades will look great. The choice of wallpaper color for the living room depends on the interior of the room. It will look great in both dark tones and light shades. The bedroom is a place of relaxation, so it is best for it to choose wallpaper in pastel soothing undertones.
- directly, the wallpaper itself of the type you need;
- wallpaper glue.
Required tools and fixtures:
- roller (approximately 250 mm wide);
- paint brush,
- metal spatula for cutting wallpaper;
- wallpaper plastic spatula for leveling the canvas;
- plastic bucket;
- “bath” for glue;
- laser level;
- Ruler and pencil;
Draw a vertical line with a building laser level or plumb line. Next, knead the glue according to the proportions indicated by the manufacturer on the package. Apply glue to the wallpaper so that the smeared sides are in contact with each other, while the folds should not be smoothed out. This is necessary for good impregnation of the wallpaper so that air bubbles and bags do not form. In some cases, glue can be applied to the wall, for this it is necessary to smear a little more than the place allotted for pasting. Carefully lubricate the places near the ceiling and in the corners of the room with glue.
After that, take the prepared strip of wallpaper and lay it to the starting line. Do not forget to make small overlaps on the ceiling. With simple movements, smooth the canvas with a plastic or silicone spatula, getting rid of excess air from under the wallpaper. Excess glue should be removed with a rag.
Thus, step by step, glue subsequent strips of wallpaper. Make sure that the canvases go butt to each other. Try to make neat inconspicuous seams. After the strip has been glued and the spatulas have walked over it, process the seams with a special roller. After a while, cut off the overlaps with a metal spatula or a clerical knife.