Video: How to Hang Wallpaper (Starring the Iconic Banana Leaf Pattern)

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Sure, we get it. Installing wallpaper sounds like a feat best left to the professionals. But it turns out, it's actually not as difficult as it may seem. teams up with our Co-Founder Katherine Power for a powder room makeover and instructional video to help you face your fears and finally redo that space you've been thinking could use a little something. dh-shop-the-room-purple-haze-header-04
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Before cutting or gluing anything, make sure the paper is the length and width you were expecting (not to mention free of surface defects or colour issues).

2 Clean, smooth, sand, and prime your walls so no surface problems get in the way of your perfect application.

3 Using the width of your paper as your guide, use a pencil to map out where on your walls you want your seams to be and make small marks.

4 Using your wall height as the benchmark, cut the paper in strips, leaving a few inches on the top and bottom to be trimmed later.

5 Use a roller to apply your pre-mixed vinyl adhesive. Make sure the glued sides never make contact with the patterned side of the paper.

6 Place your strip on the wall,s using the marks you made in step 3 as your guide. Use a level to ensure you've hung it straight so your pattern won't be wonky.

7 Use a smoothing tool to remove air bubbles.

8 When adding subsequent strips, make sure your patterns are aligned and use a steam roller to help edges lay flat.

9 Using a sharp razor, trim your top and bottom edges. Change razors often to prevent tears or frays.

10 Run a moist sponge over seams, edges, or anywhere you think you may have some rogue glue.

11 When rounding corners, make sure to cut and carefully tuck in edges of the paper so the corners are sharp and distinct.


Make sure you've sponged all your surfaces before any excess glue completely dries and voila, a whole new room!

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