ESSENTIAL STEPS BEFORE INSTALLING OUR TRADITIONAL WALLPAPER
Check your order
Unpack and check your order upon receiving it, even if you won’t install it right away.
If you think there is an error, defect, or flaw. Please, contact us before beginning the installation.
Check the labels on the bottom of each strip for a correct sequential installation. Some orders, like custom orders, murals, and larger patterns, will include the sequence to be installed at the bottom of each strip.
Start from left to right (Unless we suggest otherwise).
Prepare your wall
The wall/surface must be primed, clean, dry, and in good condition.
Remove any socket or switch covers and switch off the main power.
Sand down bumps, remove nails and screws, and fill in any cracks.
Gather your supplies
Level and straightedge
Craft knife with extra blades
Paint roller & tray
Smoothing tool (squeegee)
Sponge & bucket
Helper (is always handy)
Mark your starting and guiding line
Measure the width of one of the strips (or strip #1 if they are sequential).
Mark the same strip’s width on the wall and draw a mark with your pencil
Using your level, draw a straight line from the ceiling to the floor. This line is the guideline for your first panel. Never align a wallpaper to a corner or ceiling since they might be uneven.
TRADITIONAL WALLPAPER PASTE RECOMMENDATIONS
Gardner-Gibson: Dynamite 221, 222 or 7222 Roman: Pro 909, Pro 935 R-35, Pro 988, Pro 990, or Pro Ultra Prime 977 Benjamin-Moore: Universal Wall Grip 203 Sherwin-Williams: PrepRite ProBlock, PrepRite Bonding, or Pre-Wallcovering Primer Zinsser: Gardz
Gardner-Gibson: Dynamite 234, 433, or 780 Roman: Pro 774, Pro 838, Pro 870 or Pro 888
TRADITIONAL WALLPAPER INSTALLATION STEPS
Paste the wallpaper
Apply the paste to your strip in the back of each strip by rolling it onto the middle of the sheet and then working it to the edges. All of the paper should be pasted evenly along the entire length and width of the strip.
Book your wallpaper
Book the strip by folding the top and bottom edges into the middle (pasted side to pasted side), making sure the side edges line up properly.
Roll up the folded wallpaper and don’t curl out and dry prematurely. It should remain like this for 5 to 7 minutes to allow the paste to absorb and the paper to expand and relax back to its new normal. This method will keep the adhesive wet and help handle the panels to ensure an easy installation.
Position the first strip
Apply the wallpaper to the top of the wall, allowing a bit of excess to overlap the ceiling (this will be trimmed off later). Align the right side of the strip to the guiding line you previously drew.
Apply and smooth the wallpaper
Use a wallpaper brush or smoothing tool to gently work the paper onto the wall, working from the tip and middle, down, and out. Smooth the surface, working to take out air bubbles as you go.
Apply more panels
Select your next strip and apply it so its left side is butted to the right edge of the previous panel matching the repeat.
Smooth the second panel into the wall as you did with the first panel. Repeat the process all the way down and then smooth out any air bubbles.
Try to avoid getting paste on the surface of the wallpaper. Immediately remove excess adhesive from the wallpaper surface seam using a natural sponge, and a soft bristle brush; frequently rinse it in warm water and dry it with a cotton towel.
Trim extra material
Trim excess material at the ceiling and baseboard with a straightedge and a sharp craft knife.
Change the blade often to ensure a smooth cut.
We added an extra 0.5” to your wallpaper panels for you to install one over the other. You must place the next panel 0.5” over the previous one. For textured walls, overlap helps maintain the dimensional stability of the whole installation.
If you requested your order with an overlap, please follow this steps for a correct installation: