Removable Wallpaper Installation
- A 4″ plastic broad knife or putty knife
- a level
- a measuring tape
- a pencil
- a utility knife with snap off blades.
Other useful tools: A large cutting mat, a large ruler, a wallpaper smoother, an x-acto knife, and a good friend.
1. Clean wall surface and let dry.
2. Take wall measurements to determine how each panel should lay out. Make pencil marks on your wall to ensure correct placement. Use a level to ensure straight lines both vertically and horizontally.
3. Cut your panels to size before installation. Add an extra 6″ to the length when cutting the panels. Carefully roll your panel out on a flat clean cutting surface, and measure your desired length. Make pencil marks on the back side of the wallpaper and place a straight edge or ruler across the panel. Hold the straight edge firmly, and cut along the edge with a utility knife.
4. Begin installation by pulling back the top 8″ of material from the backing. It is easiest to hold the panel against the wall as you pull. Gently fold the backing down and out of the way.
5. Line up the top of your panel with your pencil marks on the top of the wall. For a more accurate line, you can place your panel 1″ or more above your top edge, and trim (see step 9). Press and smooth from center out to sides to remove any air bubbles.
6. Continue by pulling backing down in 8″ sections and smoothing as you go until you reach the bottom.
7. Check the panel for alignment and air bubbles before applying the next panel. Use your broad knife, putty knife, wallpaper smoother, or seam roller to work out any problem areas. You can also gently pull back the panel from the wall at any point, and smooth again out to the edge.
8. Repeat steps 2-7 for each panel. Carefully align each panel to the next so there are no gaps in between. Sometimes it is helpful to slightly overlap the edges to ensure proper alignment.
9. Once all panels are up and in place, you can begin trimming the edges. Take your broad knife or putty knife and smooth down the paper into the corners and along the top and bottom edges so it is secure and creased. Keep your knife in place and use your utility knife to cut along the edges. Move the putty knife along the edge as you cut for an accurate clean line. You are done!
1. The beauty of this material is that you can easily lift it and reposition it as needed. Don’t be afraid to do so during installation. If you begin laying a panel, and it isn’t in line with your pencil marks, gently peel it off the wall and try again.
2. Walls are rarely straight. You can use additional tools such as a plumb bob for a more accurate vertical line.
3. When trimming around complicated moldings, doors, or windows, it’s always a good idea to remove any access material from the panel before applying it to the wall. As you begin pressing the panel into tight curves and corners, use your fingers, smaller putty knifes, or an x-acto knife. Smaller tools work best for intricate areas. Carefully cut in small sections and remove access material as you go.
4. Remember to always work on a clean surface and with clean hands. Change your blades often when trimming, for easy clean cuts.