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(there's also a video at http://home.aol.com/diy/home-improvement-eric-stromer?video=1 and links to videos on wallpaper removal *and* wall preparation as well )
What You'll Need
Large table or smooth surface
Make sure that your walls are clean and smooth before you start. Fix any holes or dents with spackling paste or drywall compound. Also, remove all light switch and electrical outlet covers. Use a putty knife to shave off any high points from the walls.
Multiply the height of the wall by the perimeter of the room. This is your square footage. Divide this number by 25 (the amount of wall covered by a single roll) to get the number of single rolls you will need. You can deduct a single roll for each doorway and half of a roll for a regular-sized window. When in doubt, always err on the side of too much so you won't have to match your batch of wallpaper later. If your wallpaper is patterned, you'll need more as well since you'll have to line up the pattern with each panel.
Cut the wallpaper 4 inches longer than the height of your wall. For instance, if your wall is 8 feet high, cut the panel 8'4". You'll have an overhang of 2 inches on the top and on the bottom that you can trim off later. Cut the panels to size by running a single-edged razor blade along a straight edge. Hanging the wallpaper will go a lot quicker if you cut all panels ahead of time -- you can number them on the back so you know what goes where.
Some wallpaper is prepasted in which case you have to activate the glue by submerging the panels in water. If the paper is not pre-pasted you'll have to apply wallpaper glue. Follow the directions on the package to mix the glue, then apply it to the back of the paper with a roller. Make sure the paper is laying on an even surface -- a large table will work best. Coat the paper evenly with a thin layer of glue to avoid air bubbles.
Once you've applied glue to the whole panel, fold the ends in on themselves so that glue is touching glue, then fold the ends in one more time. This will allow the glue to activate. The process of folding the paper in on itself is called booking.
Start hanging the paper in a corner or next to a door. Unfold the first panel you are going to hang on one side and hold it by the top corners. Using a stepladder, align the top seam with the top of the wall, leaving a 2-inch overlap which you'll trim later. Gently press the paper against the wall, using the vertical line you drew earlier as a guide to keep it straight.
Unfold the rest of the paper and keep smoothing it against the wall. Use a squeegee to force air bubbles out by starting in the center going outward.
Trim the overlap with a single-edge razor blade and wipe off excess glue with a damp rag.
Make sure seams are perfectly aligned by pushing the two panels together.
Wipe the seams with a damp sponge to clean off excess glue. Remember, the glue will be almost impossible to remove once it has dried.
Repeat this process with each panel. Align the seams of the next panel with the previous one. When going over electrical outlets and light switches, simply hang the paper over them and use a single-edge razor blade to cut out a square where the outlet is located. It is advisable to turn the power off at the breaker box whenever dealing with electrical outlets.
After you have finished hanging all of your panels, re-install your electrical outlet and light switch covers.
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Stitchery WIPs: "Bath 5¢", "Walking to Town", a selection of 8 San Man snowman charts, 2 sets of curtain tie-backs using a DMC freebie chart and the DMC linen threads, a Kooler Design Studio chart form JanLynn called "Needlework Shop", "Tsunami Charity Sampler" from the fall 2007 Sampler & Needlework Quarterly, and "Autumn Leaves" from the December 2006 New Stitches