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When updating your home, do not overlook the value that wallpaper can add. Wallpaper can beautifully enhance any room in your home and give each room its own special appearance. You will quickly discover the abundance of options available so whether wanting to make a dining room elegant and sophisticated, a formal living room impressionable and dramatic, or a bedroom soft and romantic, you will find numerous options.

With the right tools and patience, wallpapering is both fun and easy. Do not be discouraged and take your time. Keep in mind that the first strip you lay is by far the most important. The first strip should begin in an inconspicuous corner. Without a doubt, wallpapering is a messy job but the results are well worth it. Make sure you have a drop cloth on the floor so glue does not spill. Additionally, keep a bucket of clean water and a clean rag handy to wipe up spills on the wall and/or floor. Before hanging the first strip, buy a plumb line. This is a string with blue chalk on it that is placed at the top of the wall while holding it firmly in place, and bringing the other end of the string to the bottom of the wall. Use a leveler to make sure the line is straight and then pull the string back and let it snap against the wall. Plumb lines are used to determine the vertical direction of the wall since homes, even new homes, often have crooked walls. The first strip of wallpaper should line up against the chalk line.

Next, measure the length that each strip of wallpaper will need to be. For example, if you are only wallpapering the bottom portion of the wall, you might end up with a measurement of 36 inches. Laying the roll of wallpaper down on a table cut the first strip a total of 38 inches, which will cover the wall space and leave you with a little to work with around the baseboard. The easiest paper to work with is the pre-pasted. For this type of wallpaper, you will use a wallpaper tray purchased at your local hardware or home improvement store. With the tray filled about 3/4 full of water, roll the strip of wallpaper up, with the design on the outside, and dip it in the water, swishing it a little to allow the back to get completely wet. Allow the paper to soak for a minute and then gently pull the paper up out of the tray, placing the top of the strip at the top of where you want it to hang.

With a sponge, carefully rub the wallpaper down onto the wall. As you do this, work with the paper to remove any bubbles or creases and be sure to work from the center out and up. Once the paper is in place, use a wallpaper scraper to work small bubbles out but just be careful and work slowly to avoid tears. Once the paper is straight and the bubbles and creases are gone, trim the portion at the bottom with a sharp utility knife. Using the sponge, again smooth the bottom of the wallpaper strip. During this time, glue softened from the water will ooze onto the wall as you press the wallpaper down. Use the clean water and rag to wipe the paste off or it can leave a film on the topside of the wallpaper. When ready to hang the second piece, be sure you match any patterns. In some cases, this means you will have to cut some strips longer than the 38 inches to make the match. Repeat the process and leave 1/8- or 1/4-inch overlap for the side-to-side seams as the wallpaper will shrink a small amount when dry and then allow the first strip to dry 10 minutes before hanging the subsequent strips. Finally, use a roller that is made especially for wallpaper to run along the edges, seams, top, and bottom to seal it. When all the wallpaper is hung, sit back and enjoy your new room.
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